|Representing at Coventry Motofest|
As I said in my previous post, at the start of June we headed to Coventry city centre for the Coventry Motofest. This was, as in 2015, an amazing event. The city's infamous ring road is closed down and turned into a sprint style circuit for the weekend along with static shows throughout the city centre. We took both our classic and BMW Minis for the BTRDA Rallycross Championship static stand and runs on the ring road, which turned out to be a very useful testing session for both cars as electrical niggles were discovered in both.
We went from Coventry, straight to Blyton Park for the Minis and Modifieds Show and Sprint. Midweek checks of the classic Mini showed a worrying split in the lower front bulkhead, which although only small, meant we had to take the engine and front subframe out of the car, ruling the classic out of the weekend.
|Sprinting at Blyton|
|Heat 1 at Pembrey|
The weekend started incredibly well, a poor start in heat 1, lead to me battling my way through the pack to take the win. Two 2nd place results, behind the MK2 Escort Zackspeed of Tommy Graham, in the second and third heats gave me a 2nd place start in the final.
|Air intake modifications|
The Sunday followed in similar fashion, with top 2 results in all but one of the heats leaving me with 2nd place on the grid for the final. This time, overnight work to get more airflow through the front of the car had relieved us of our overheating issues and despite a poor start, a hard fought race brought me 2nd overall, again behind Tommy Graham. These results took me up into the lead of the all important Star of the Future standings, for all drivers 21 or under.
|Classic Mini action in Belgium|
Although technically a demonstration, the racing always has its fair share of thrills and spills, with Tommy Edwardes rolling his Mini completely on the first weekend, followed by yours truly half rolling on the second weekend in a near identical incident! Both weekends were won by the ever consistent George Edwardes in his repainted 459.
We now have a fairly long summer break until Lydden Hill on August Bank Holiday Monday, where I'll be out in the turbocharged Supernational MINI as part of the British Championship. It's always one of the biggest rounds of the year, and I cant wait!