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Combe done and Brands around corner

posted 7 May 2014, 15:41 by Kieren McDonald
Time has flown by - Castle Combe was over 2 weeks ago and Brands Hatch Mini Festival will be kicking off in only a couple of days! A bit of a low down first of all on Combe...

It was a bit of a mad panic in the lead up, working on the mini flat out with Ricky with a only a handful of hours sleep. It really was cutting it fine, in fact I didn't head to Combe until that very morning - the main thing was we made it! Mini Spares did a superb job with speedy deliveries - always a spot on service. The freshened lump from Rob Selby sounded great when 1st started up - check out a link here if you want a listen.

A very busy day with quali and 2 races squeezed into the Bank Holiday Monday - good job a couple of helping hands were around to allow me to get suited and booted and out in time - thanks to all those that helped!

The track was damp but drying up in Quali and I was trying to familiarize myself with the relatively new circuit - no testing meant Quali was all about getting a feel for things. I was relatively happy with my Q8 positioning for race 1 & 2 considering.  The rain clouds stayed away for the rest of the day, providing some glorious sunshine for the banks of spectators. 

Race 1 started quite poorly with no-one to tuck behind so I ended up going backwards, although I pulled a couple of positions back straight away. Throughout the race I was mainly battling with Ian Deviny and Ross Billison. At one point I had got in front and was starting to pull away but was dragged back again, unfortunately not getting clean enough exits out of the corners. I brought it home in P6 - check out the video here.

Race 2 started better although was dragged by the end of the straight and yet again was left to battle with Ian Deviny. Unfortunately an incident between us led to Ian going off, resulting in a few laps behind the safety car. After the restart I again couldn't quite get the clean exit I was after out of the corners so I dropped back from the top 4. Spencer Wanstall then managed to get past after battling for a few laps. The last time through Camp corner resulted in a bit of chaos as Ashley Davies and Darren Thomas made contact, resulting in a last minute change of positions. I ended the race in P5 - full race can be seen here.

Overall a fantastic couple of results - with the lead up and first time out since end of 2013 season, to finish both races in good positions was great. I couldn't have done it without my sponsors, friends and family - a true team effort!

Next weekend - 10th & 11th May brings the eagerly anticipated Brands Hatch Mini Festival - it has been brilliant the last couple of years. There is plenty to see and do so don't miss out. Don't forget, if you have a mini, you get in free! Come say hello if you can or even better, bring a tent and join us at the Mini7 Paddock BBQ on Saturday evening.

Thanks to Andy Green and Matthew Barrington Race Photography for the great photographs!

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