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One driver will win a fully funded race week­end in the Dun­lop Mini Miglia Cham­pi­onship this year as part of a new com­pe­ti­tion run by se­ries reg­u­lar Rob Howard and cat­e­gory leg­end Endaf Owens.

The com­pe­ti­tion will al­low one driver to take part in the dou­ble-header Miglia cham­pi­onship round dur­ing the Brands Hatch Mini Fes­ti­val on July 16/17 in a car pre­pared and run by the Owens Mo­tor­sport team. The prize is worth in ex­cess of £3,500.

Se­ries reg­u­lars Howard and Owens have come up with the con­cept of sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets for the prize at £20 each. Four driv­ers will then be drawn at ran­dom and in­vited to take part in a track day in the car. Of those four fi­nal­ists, one will then be cho­sen by a panel of judges to win the com­pet­i­tive out­ing at the Kent track.

Howard said: “I rolled my car at Brands Hatch last year so I bor­rowed a bodyshell from Endaf while he built me a new car. The build is nearly fin­ished now so we have a spare Miglia sit­ting in the work­shop. That’s when Endaf came up with the idea of us­ing it for a one-off prize drive to not only raise the pro­file of the club but also to give a Mini fan the chance to race with us. It’s a way to give some­thing back to peo­ple who love Mini rac­ing but per­haps have never given it a go.

“The test day gives the win­ners a chance to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the car and the win­ner won’t be picked on pure speed alone dur­ing the test day. We’re look­ing for some­body with a good at­ti­tude and who works well with the team.”

Howard added that any rev­enue gen­er­ated would be do­nated to char­i­ties nom­i­nated by the Mini Se7en Rac­ing Club.

M7RC com­mer­cial man­ager Colin Pea­cock said: “It’s a su­perb idea and we fully en­dorse what Rob and Endaf are do­ing. I’m sur­prised no­body has done it be­fore. The Miglias are ac­ces­si­ble for novice driv­ers and it gives some­body new the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence com­pet­i­tive and friendly mo­tor­sport.”

Tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line via a Paypal trans­fer to mi­ni7rac­ing­ along with your con­tact de­tails, or at Mini Miglia rounds this sea­son. Sales close on April 30.

Win­ners must be re­spon­si­ble for meet­ing the MSA’S li­cence re­quire­ments them­selves.

Win­ner will get a Mini Miglia out­ing

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