Mini leg­end Sol­lis to pull triple duty as racer and team boss at Mini Fes­ti­val

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Mini Miglia leg­end Bill Sol­lis will con­test three races in two cars at the up­com­ing Brands Hatch Mini Fes­ti­val, as well as run­ning ma­chines in a fur­ther six.

Sol­lis has en­tered to race his Miglia in the dou­ble-header cham­pi­onship round on the Brands Indy track on July 16/17, and will also share a his­toric Cooper S with Nick Paddy in the Sanwa Tro­phy En­durance event.

Along­side that, Sol­lis is also chief en­gi­neer for the Oakfield Mo­tor­sport Mini Chal­lenge team, and will run Neil New­stead’s JCW in three races as well as cars in the Cooper S di­vi­sion races.

“Brands will be pretty mad with the timetable, as I’ll be run­ning around all week­end non-stop,” said Sol­lis.

“I have to pri­ori­tise the Chal­lenge team and I’m re­ally en­joy­ing that side of be­ing part of a team, but I’ve also made a com­mit­ment to rac­ing in the Miglias this year and I also have the long-stand­ing agree­ment with Nick Paddy and Sanwa to do that race too. It will be fun div­ing be­tween the Miglia with loads of grip and power, and the his­toric with none.

“I’ve got Ian Gunn [fa­ther of Bri­tish GT driver Ross and for­mer Miglia cham­pion] to look af­ter the Miglia, and Nick to tend the his­toric, so that gives me some time to work with Oakfield, and aside from that I’ll bring a push bike to cut travel time be­tween the top and bot­tom pad­docks!”

His­toric Cooper is in Sanwa race

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