AJ’S Mini guide to Good­wood

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The An­drew Jor­dan/nick Swift Mini is bound to be a thorn in the side of the big­ger Gerry Mar­shall Tro­phy cars this week­end. Here, Jor­dan tells MN how he hurls the car around the fast Good­wood sweeps:

“You ap­proach Madg­wick in fourth – top gear – and it’s just a lit­tle lift in the Mini. You have to build your­self up to it a bit as it’s ac­tu­ally quite a tight cor­ner. As you look at it there are two apexes and I tend to get close to the first one and then let it run away from the se­cond, oth­er­wise you scrub off too much speed. You al­most need to let the car go where it wants to, par­tic­u­larly in a lower-pow­ered car. You need to keep the min­i­mum speed up.

“is easy flat. Again, you want to keep it smooth, then it’s just a lit­tle lift and flat again for the kink

I tend to turn it right quite early and then get the car straight again be­fore prop­erly turn­ing in. Then the front is al­most point­ing to the right-hand side of the cir­cuit for St Mary’s. It’s a lit­tle brake, down to third gear and in. You don’t re­ally need to feed the throt­tle in with the Mini if you get the cor­ner en­try right, you just get straight on it.

“You grab fourth gear be­fore La­vant Cor­ner, but then it’s down to third for the en­try. You have to think about the exit be­cause you’ve got a mas­sive run af­ter­wards. It’s about mak­ing sure you’ve got the car ro­tated on en­try so that the wheels are as straight as pos­si­ble for full throt­tle. The se­cond part is self-ex­plana­tory, just clip the apex and let it run out. It’s not re­ally a cor­ner.

“The Mini is pulling 8500rpm ap­proach­ing Wood­cote, which sounds a lot in the car! There’s a slip road 100 me­tres be­fore the cor­ner and you can get just past that be­fore brak­ing, and then tak­ing third gear. There are two apex kerbs and you want to miss the first one to get the apex for the se­cond. If you clip the first one you’re in too soon.

“We rev it right out in third be­fore the Chi­cane, then back down to se­cond. It’s quite tight but you can carry the speed and the Mini will be the quick­est car through there. It’s quite frus­trat­ing to be right with some­one on the exit, only to see them drive away from you on the run across the start/fin­ish line!”

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