SOLLIS SET FOR MIGLIA RETURN
GROUP NATIONAL EDITOR
Double Mini Miglia champion Bill Sollis will return to the championship for his first full campaign for nine years to celebrate the Mini 7 Racing Club’s 50th anniversary season.
Former fire fighter Sollis, 51, will handle his own 1300cc Miglia and gun for a third title. Sollis, the 1997 and 2006 Miglia champion, last made a competitive appearance in the class at Silverstone in 2009.
“I’m really excited about this year and it’s about time I got back out and had another go,” said Sollis. “The Mini 7 Racing Club has been a life-long addiction for me. I love what it stands for and the Miglia racing. They can run door-to-door at any circuit and it makes for stunning racing to watch and be involved in.
“I sold my title-winning car after 2006 and bought this one, which was built by Pete Vickers. I’ve spent a lot of time rebuilding it with a new Swiftune engine, new suspension and cooling and getting it to the weight limit. I want to be fighting for wins and hopefully the title.”
Sollis is the only man to have won races in all four of the M7RC’S formulae over its history, comprising the 850cc and 1000cc Se7ens and 1000cc and 1300cc Miglias. He lifted the Se7en titles twice, in 1990-’91.
While Sollis is aiming for a full campaign, he will be forced to miss one round due to his commitment in helping to run the Oakfield Motorsport Mini Challenge team.
“I’m fitting the Miglias in around my work with Oakfield as I’m committed to that and enjoying helping to run the team,” added Sollis. “People have won titles after missing rounds before so nothing is ruled out.”
Sollis will also continue to race his historic FIA Appendix K 1966 Cooper S, which he shares with Nick Paddy.