The Dunlop Mini Se7en and Mini Miglia Challenges return to Castle Combe for the first time since 2009 to contest Round4 of the 12 race 2012 season and another non championship race in front of the Motors TV cameras.
Since 1966 the Mini 7 Racing Club has been providing some of the most entertaining racing action in UK Club Motorsport and now in its 47th season the trademark door-to-door Mini racing is still very much in evidence.
The Season opener at Oulton Park saw champions past and present taking the top honours in Cheshire. 2010 and 2011 Mini Se7en Champion Paul Spark got his title defence off to a great start by winning the first 10 lap encounter of the year. However he had to fight his way back after dropping down the order early on and the last few laps between Spark and arch rival Andrew Deviny had the large Oulton Park crowd firmly on the edge of their seats.
2010 Mini Miglia Champion Paul Thompson scored his first win since Spa Francorchamps in June 2011 with a lights-to-flag victory but with Colin Peacock and Kane Astin pushing him all the way to the chequered flag, with just 0.8 seconds separating the three cars at the line.
The double header at Donington Park two weeks ago saw five times Mini Miglia Champion Peter ‘Mr Mini’ Baldwin take a double pole in his first Miglia outing for five years and win the first race. The 71-year-old was beaten to the flag in the second race by the youngest driver on the grid 22-year-old Aaron Smith. The Mini Se7en races were just as exciting with Gareth Hunt taking his debut pole and the taking the win in Round 3. Andrew Deviny came through from 5th on the grid, with the 2006 champion taking his first win of 2012 ahead of James Coulson.
There will be two races for the Dunlop Mini Se7en and Dunlop Mini Miglia Challenges at Castle Combe. The races will feature combined grids (normally they run as separate races).
The first race of the day will be the championship race, Round 4 of the 2012 season, scoring points towards the 2012 titles.
The second race will be a non championship encounter, the winners of each class will win the honour of wearing the coveted ‘0’ plate for the rest of the season as well as a special ‘Castle Combe’ trophy which will be presented at the end of season awards evening
Special Events • 30th Apr, 12 •