MINI CHALLENGE SET TO RESCHEDULE LOST RACE
Mini Challenge organisers are planning to reschedule the second race of the season from Donington Park, which was cancelled last weekend after a series of incidents.
Despite attracting a 30-car entry for the top JCW Class, the championship suffered a difficult weekend in Leicestershire, with three red flag stoppages over qualifying and the first two races of the campaign. The second race was struck from the timetable entirely after multiple cars were damaged on the opening lap. The third race ran without incident on Sunday evening.
Race one was stopped on the opening lap after multiple cars tangled at Hollywood corner. Drivers complained about problems getting heat into the hard compound Dunlop rear tyres that have been introduced this season. Dunlop’s Michael Butler held a meeting with drivers on Sunday morning and two green flag laps were introduced for the final two races.
Regardless, race two was halted again on lap one when several cars were heavily damaged in incidents at Schwantz and Mcleans.
Championship organiser Antony Williams said he would hold talks with MSVR to reschedule the lost race, and insisted bad driving would be dealt with.
“We are trying to find a time slot at one of the future rounds to reschedule the cancelled race,” said Williams.
“Some drivers have complained about the Dunlop tyres, but we’re happy that two green flag laps sorted that and there’s no inherent problem. I think this weekend was a case of some drivers trying too hard early on. Race three proved we have clean races.”
Reigning champion Charlie ButlerHenderson added: “The tyres were fine on Sunday. It’s just some drivers not using their brains. These cars are proper racing cars so have to be treated with respect. I think people will understand that now.”