Racers rewarded at prestigious black-tie event.
Shayne Deegan and Ashley Davies grab the headlines at the M7RC awards bash.
Offering the opportunity for drivers to swap their helmet and overalls for something a little more dapper, the Mini 7 Racing Club’s annual awards evening took place at the Stratford Manor Hotel on January 21. The event was extra special this year, as it looked back on the club’s 50th anniversary season.
The biggest winner on the night was Shayne Deegan, who dominated the Miglias in his debut year. In addition to his trophy for winning the 2016 title, he picked up a further four awards. These included the Mike Fry Trophy for the most Miglia pole positions, along with the Chris Tyrrell Trophy for most points, the Chris Inch Trophy for the most fastest laps and the Nick Cooke Award for the best driver/team.
Se7en title winner Ashley Davies also enjoyed a good haul. As well picking up his championship trophy, he collected the Maurice Leggate Trophy for ‘drive of the season’, the Sevenoaks Cup for the most Se7en points accumulated at Brands Hatch, the Steve Bell Memorial award for the most points after six rounds and the Spax Improver Award, largely to due to gaining 29 places at Combe alone!
Elsewhere, Charlie Budd and Andrew Deviny were joint winners of the Norman Finn Trophy for the most Se7en pole positions, while Julian Proctor and Sam Summerhayes took the ST Trophy for the most reliable car in each class. Summerhayes also won the Dunlop Cup for most improved Miglia driver, with Kieren McDonald taking honours for the Se7ens. Season debutant Leon Oli Window scooped three awards, including the Phil West Shield, the Novice Award and the James Armstrong Memorial ‘Hard Trier’ Trophy, while fellow novice Tom Sanderson won the Tom Jarrett Trophy for best newcomer.
One of the most desirable awards is the Fred Jackson Memorial Trophy for an individual who has put in a lot of effort to keep the club spirit alive. This year it went to Colin Peacock, but he also won one of the most undeliverable accolades too; the Bryan Slark Valve ‘It Can Only Get Better’ Award courtesy of trying a very different line around Druids that did not work out!
The new Se7en and Miglia season gets underway at Castle Combe on April 17. See www.mini7.co.uk for more.
Miglia champion Shayne Deegan with his trophy.
Se7en champion Ashley Davies.