Snetterton recap, rounds 13-14

10/11 SEPTEMBER 2016

The penultimate weekend in the Mini 7 Racing Club calendar produced plenty of changing fortunes, not least the weather in Norfolk, which swung from a chilling, wintry drizzle on the Saturday to balmy, Mediterranean-style sunshine on the Sunday.

Combined 36-strong grids on the full 300 Circuit saw just one Mini race per day, Shayne Deegan however coping best with the changing conditions to record another double victory to make it 12-wins-from-14, and secure the Miglia title.

In the wet he simply drove off into the distance to win by a country mile from the somewhat closer battle for second between James Coulson, Aaron Smith and Tristen Knight.

The following day, Rupert Deeth was able to keep with Deegan all the way but just failed to snatch the win by 0.275s having set a blistering new fastest lap, over 1 sec quicker than his own previous record set in 2015.

Starting 30 secs behind the Miglias, the Se7ens’ race on Saturday saw Ashley Davies in control from pole position to record his eighth victory of the season.

Only Andrew Deviny was able to stay within challenging distance, this pair the only Se7ens to remain unlapped by their bigger engine siblings. Further back, Tom Sanderson eventually secured third in class on the greasy surface.

Davies had it all to do on Sunday, starting from the back of the grid after failing to record a 2nd qualifying lap. By the time the safety car had intervened for 2 laps to clear away Charlie Budd’s opening lap crash, Davies had already worked his way through the field into the top half dozen before a driveshaft failed soon after.

Up front however, Kieren McDonald finally got the monkey off his back to win his first race, with Sanderson and Graeme Davis yo-yoing over the remaining podium positions. Title outsiders Spencer Wanstall (fourth) and Lewis Selby (dnf) were unable to score enough points however, and Davies thus became Se7en champion despite not finishing.

In addition, Josh Collins underlined his overall S-Class triumph with another pair of class victories, although all three titles are provisional until after technical checks are completed.  

With the remaining overall positions still to be settled, the 2016 Challenges conclude on 1-2 October at Zandvoort in Holland, and after last year’s superb toe-in-the-water visit, expect nothing less than dramatic Mini racing among the sand dunes of the north Netherlands coast!  

To view more photos from the weekend, visit the Mini 7 Racing Club on Flickr.

Round 13 – 8 laps    
1st     50     S Deegan        Miglia
2nd     47    J Coulson        Miglia
3rd        21    A Smith        Miglia

10th        3    A Davies        Se7en
11th        24    A Deviny        Se7en
12th        19    T Sanderson    Se7en

Round 14 – 8 laps
1st        50    S Deegan        Miglia
2nd        23    R Deeth        Miglia
3rd        21    A Smith        Miglia

11th        7    K McDonald    Se7en
12th        19    T Sanderson    Se7en
13th        5    G Davis        Se7en

Lap record:        R Deeth        2:12.348 - 80.75 mph    


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