In what has been another action-packed season, the mega Mini racing circus visits Snetterton for the penultimate rounds of its 50th Anniversary campaign, and we may well see both Se7en and Miglia titles decided in Norfolk over the weekend.
MINI SE7EN + S-CLASS
With appropriately seven victories to his credit so far this season, young Welsh racer Ashley Davies looks on course for his first major title, having already served notice of his talent with the top Novice award in 2011.
Last time here for a wet November meeting, Davies scored a hat-trick of class wins, so should be coming into this weekend full of confidence. A clash last time out at Oulton Park has left it all to do for second- and third-placed challengers respectively, Lewis Selby and Max Hunter but, like Davies, both have won this season so it is still all to play for among the top spots.
Spencer Wanstall has also raised a few eyebrows on his way to fourth in the standings but awaits a debut win, while others who know how to finish among the trophy positions are Charlie Budd, Graeme Davis, Andrew Deviny and Kieren McDonald.
Current reigning Miglia champion, and onetime Se7en champion too, Kane Astin scored a first and second last time out and may well be giving Se7ens another bash alongside his Miglia campaign.
It is well worth keeping an eye on the S-Class battle too, the #700-and-above numbered cars currently led on points by Josh Collins, and this year has seen no less than five category winners to highlight the budget formula’s appeal.
Se7en lap record: Andrew Deviny 2:26.720 (72.84 mph) set on 10 May 2015
MINI MIGLIA (+ MINI INVITATION)
Not for a long while has one driver managed to dominate a Mini racing series, but Shayne Deegan’s full debut season has been nothing short of brilliant.
The current Stock Hatch champion’s switch from Citroen Saxo to Mini Miglia, albeit both front-wheel drive, has produced 10-out-of-12 winners’ garlands, not to mention a sought after drive in the Clio Cup. Meanwhile, driving the long successful Peter Baldwin-tended Miglia, Deegan could have the title wrapped up this weekend depending on what his closest rivals can score.
Sam Summerhayes lies in second on points despite only making the podium twice and will need more of these to maintain an outside chance, while third placed Rupert Deeth has been runner-up on no less than six occasions, and no doubt the 2014 champion will be looking to redress the score.
Of the rest, Kane Astin’s championship defence campaign has faltered somewhat to leave him well adrift, while the two non-Deegan victories have gone to former champion Bill Sollis in a rare appearance on the full Brands GP circuit, and Rob Howard, also at Brands on the shorter Indy layout.
Others who may be able to derail the runaway leader’s form are Dan Wheeler, James Coulson and Aaron Smith, while locally based Tony Le May knows Snetterton like the back of his hand.
Miglia lap record: Rupert Deeth 2:13.413 (80.11mph) set on 10 May 2015
Racing • 2nd Sep, 16 •