MAIDEN CSCC WIN FOR FIRE FIGHTERS
Mini beats more powerful rivals to score a memorable outright victory on a very wet Snetterton 300 circuit.
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.