The MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) Mini Challenge Series has kicked off for 2016! This year is the 10th-anniversary of MSVR and motorsports fans are looking forward to an action packed racing calendar.
The first races of the Mini Challenge were held at Donington Park on the 24/25th of April. The races were all very tightly contested affairs with drivers displaying some excellent racing skills.
MSV events have always had plenty of support from motorsport fans and officials. The dozens of orange-clad marshals deserve a round of applause for ensuring that these events are run safely every year. Without the support of these great people, it would be impossible for the racing events to continue — so thank you!
The first MSVR event of the year included a wide array of championship events including the Lotus Elise Trophy, GT Cup Championship, VAG Trophy, Toyo Tires Production BMW Championship, F3 Cup, and of course 3 classes of Mini racing in the Mini Challenge Series. The three classes involved in this year’s MSV Mini Challenge Series are:
This is the entry-level Cooper Class race that features cars with a 135Bhp, 1.6 litre normally aspirated engine, slick tyres, and single way adjustable dampers.
Cooper S Class (Previously JCW)
This class allows Cooper S cars with 220Bhp, 1.6 litre turbo engines, slick tires and 2-way adjustable dampers. This configuration is an excellent combination of performance and adjustability. The Cooper S Class suits drivers who have previously raced in the Cooper Class and are ready for a little more speed.
This is the ultimate in MINI racing — big slick tires, 3-way adjustable dampers, sequential gear boxes and motorsport ECU. The JCW class is thrilling to watch, with vehicles that have incredible cornering ability and acceleration.
Results From The First Mini Challenge Series Race
This is the second year that Adam Davey has raced in the Mini Challenge Series, in the Cooper Class. Last year, Adam finished the season in a respectable 9th place overall. For the 2016 season, Adam has a goal of landing a podium placement for one or more races.
For the first Mini race of the season, there were 17 drivers in the Cooper Class, 5 drivers in the Cooper S Class. The cars were out on the track together, in their old format. The slower Coopers will share the track with the turbos until later in the season, when the Open Class vehicles join the fray.
It was a great day for racing, with cool conditions and some cloud cover. The track was dry, making the choice of slicks simple. The qualifying race was held at 12:40pm and Adam’s best time of 1.25.729 put him in 9th position on the grid. Another Excelr8 driver, Max Bladon had pole position with a time of 1.24.928.
The drivers in this series are all very closely matched — as demonstrated by the qualifying times of the drivers. The difference between Max in pole position and Adam at 9th position was a razor-thin 0.008 seconds!
The Minis were the last race of the day, kicking off at 18:45. There was still a strong crowd to watch these delightful little cars fly around the track. In all, there were 9 races during the day — a very busy schedule and a fantastic day of motorsports.
It was a tightly contested race with Davey jostling for the lead with Haig in car number 36 and Neal in car number 22. Max Bladon was eventually the victor, having run a very smart and disciplined race.
Adam finished in 7th position, a great showing, given the quality of the competition. He also managed to produce the 3rd-fastest lap of the race at 1.25.330.
The cars raced again on Sunday. The weather conditions were similar to the previous day, cloudy and dry. There was a small amount of rain, but the track was fairly dry and the Minis were ale to run slicks.
The Minis raced a bit earlier on Sunday, kicking off at 1.20pm. Davey had a great start to the race and found himself in 3rd position. Colin, Bladon and Reid were all jostling for position in a very competitive race. Adam managed to hold his position and finished 3rd in the race — his first podium placement for the year!
There was one more race which was unfortunately tarnished by an incident at Redgates corner. The steering column of Adam’s car was damaged, which made racing difficult. Despite the damage to his vehicle, he finished in 10th position. Adam now finds himself in 4th position on the Mini Challenge leaderboard.
Overall, it was a great start to the season for Excelr8, Adam Davey and Max Bladon. Cayman autos, a sponsor of the Adam’s mini Cooper, were very excited by his performance this weekend and look forward to the rest of the season. It was a great effort from all involved, including the manager of Excelr8, Justina, and the team mechanic Mikey.