AJ’S Mini guide to Goodwood
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!”