Mini beats more pow­er­ful ri­vals to score a mem­o­rable out­right vic­tory on a very wet Snet­ter­ton 300 cir­cuit.

Mini Magazine - - Motorsport -

The Fire Fight­ers Char­ity Race Team saw its Mini, named Cooper, take its first out­right win in the Clas­sic Sports Car Club se­ries. Com­pet­ing in the Adams & Page Swing­ing Six­ties race, the Mini fin­ished ahead of its more pow­er­ful ri­vals in very wet con­di­tions at Snet­ter­ton on April 9.

With­out as much spon­sor­ship as least year, get­ting the car to the race was a real chal­lenge, but the team was de­ter­mined to do so for those who had put up money and worked hard to en­sure it could take part. David Franks and Kyle Ward took on the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at the Nor­folk cir­cuit, with David qual­i­fy­ing 13th out of 32 cars de­spite a spin on his fly­ing lap.

The race be­gan with a rolling start, and David had al­ready gained a cou­ple of po­si­tions by the time he reached the first cor­ner. The Mini’s Bill Richards en­gine and KAD gear­box helped him to power into eighth by the end of lap one, and he was as high as sec­ond in class ahead of the pit stop. Af­ter a fairly good stop, David found him­self in first place with three laps re­main­ing. He con­tin­ued to push hard, and man­aged to edge out a BMW 2002ti by just two sec­onds at the flag.

The team was de­lighted to score such an im­pres­sive vic­tory, but with an out­right win­ner’s 30-sec­ond penalty for the rest of the sea­son now trig­gered, the team will have to work even harder from now on. Fol­low its ex­ploits by search­ing for ‘Fire Fight­ers Race Team’ on Face­book.

The Fire Fight­ers Rac­ing Team, David, Kyle, Bri­ony and Andy.

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