SOL­LIS SET FOR MIGLIA RE­TURN

GROUP NA­TIONAL EDITOR

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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.

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