MINI CHAL­LENGE SET TO RESCHED­ULE LOST RACE

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Photos: Mick Walker, Tony Todd

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.”

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