PREVIEW: Snetterton Sets The Scene for 2012 Pt 2

Two championships - too close to call as the teams and drivers head to Norfolk for the first event on the Snetterton 300 circuit

The race to win one of the coveted titles is as fierce as it has ever been and after six of the twelve races on the calendar the championships are too close to call as the two groups of cars take to the Snetterton 300 circuit for the first time this weekend.

In the Dunlop Mini Miglia Challenge, 2010 Champion Paul Thompson is the current championship leader after wins at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch but his current 10 point lead is deceptive as each driver is allowed to drop three of his worst scores at the end of the year.  Five times Miglia Champion Peter Baldwin is the man of the moment, having returned to the driving seat at Donington Park.  Two wins and three seconds is the Cambridgeshire driver’s tally so far and he will be a force to be reckoned with at Snetterton.  London’s Colin Peacock has been Vice Champion in 2009 and 2010 and he will be looking for his first win of the season to boost his title hopes.     Cambridgeshire’s Kane Astin and Norwich’s Tony Le May will also be looking for maximum points on their home circuit, but they will also face stiff opposition from several quarters including from Aaron Smith, Richard Casey and Rupert Deeth.

In the race for the Dunlop Mini Se7en Challenge title, it is even closer with Andrew Deviny holding a slender 1 point advantage over Gareth Hunt.  Deviny has scored six podiums in six races, including a win at Donington Park, compared to Hunt’s record of two wins, one second and two thirds.  Reigning Champion Paul Spark is currently third overall after a disappointing two races at Brands Hatch last time out and he will be looking to add a second win to his 2012 tally to the one he took at Oulton Park in round 1.  2007 Champion Max Hunter had his first two races of the season at Brands Hatch and scored two impressive victories, winning the second race by just 0.008 seconds from Andrew Deviny in a breathtaking finish.  Like the Miglias, the championship leaders will face stiff opposition from many different drivers, with James Coulson, Darren Thomas, Leon Wightman, Ashley Davies and Tristen Knight all looking for their first win of the year.  

The Mini Se7en S Class has been dominated by last year’s Vice Champion Julian Proctor with five wins from the first five races.  However a rare non finish in the last round at Brands Hatch has given his rivals a ray of hope, with James Burrows picking up the 10 points for the win ahead of Robert Pavey and Roland Parsloe.

For more information on the Mini 7 Racing Club and the Dunlop Mini Miglia and Mini Se7en Challenges visit www.mini7.co.uk

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TIMETABLE UPDATED - Race times have altered from the published timetable

Saturday 14 July
11:30 MINI SE7EN / MIGLIA QUALIFYING (COMBINED)
6 MINI SE7EN RD7 15min 17:40

Sunday 15 July
12 MINI MIGLIA RD7 15min 13:00
13 MINI SE7EN RD8 15min 14:15
17 MINI MIGLIA RD8 15min 16:30

Racing • 4th Jul, 12 •

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