MINI Challenge Race Report Rockingham Motor Speedway 18-19th June Words & Photos: David Young
Jono Brown leading the JCW pack
Rockingham Motor Speedway was always going to be different. The cars go round anti clockwise for starters! A 2-mile circuit, half on the high speed banked section, the other half on the technical infield section. The Grandstand, Pit garages, Paddock areas and facilities are superb. Car park big enough to house 20,000 cars too. In the outskirts of Corby not too far from the M11, A14 and the A6116. Well so the sat nav says. Six races plus qualifying, in all a busy weekend.
• Al-Rajhi and Menzies to contest the event • A MINI ALL4 Racing involved in the Goodwood Festival of Speed
After a long break, the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup will be continued this weekend with the fourth round on its calendar: The Italian Baja that also will be contested by MINI ALL4 Racing pairings: Yazeed Al-Rajhi (KSA) / Timo Gottschalk (GER) and Bryce Menzies (USA) / Tom Colsoul (BEL). And while the two pairings will battle it out for positions in Italy, Harry Hunt and his MINI ALL4 Racing will be involved in the legendary Festival of Speed in Goodwood.
It is with a heavy heart that we break the news that longstanding Mini part supplier and engine builder Minispeed has ceased trading. Employees confirmed to love:mini that the firm is no longer taking any orders and is in the process of fulfilling any outstanding orders and returning items to their rightful owners before winding the business down. It comes after news that owner James Sutton has had a recent spell in hospital. Our thoughts go out to him wishing him a speedy recovery. An official announcement was released on the Official Minispeed Facebook account today:
"ANNOUNCEMENT! It is with great regret that I inform all of our
Facebook friends and customers that Minispeed is currently not trading.
We have shut our eBay store and our sales website!
Please if you
are a current customer of ours and have a car here that is currently
being worked on, or have an parts order with us that you are expecting
do not threat! We will still get the current orders and work completed
as we do not want to drop any of our customers and leave them with nothing.
If you have any questions we still have staff on hand to help so please
feel free to give us a call at our workshop and we will do what we can
to help. Thank you all for your custom and support over the years"
JUNE 25-26 Mini & VW Meet The British Mini Club is running its second annual Mini and VW Bus Weekender in the West Midlands. With camping on Saturday and a live band and bar you can make the most of the weekend before the show opens on Sunday. At just £5 entry on the day there's no reason not to go and check it out. http://www.britishminiclub.co.uk/about-the-club/mini-and-vw-bus-meet
JUNE 25 Classic, Kit & Retro Action Day Castle Combe is hosting a Classic, Kit & Retro day for those wanting to see some classic and kit action or just to have a blast on track. There will be plenty of variety and a multitude of kit cars to see. https://castlecombecircuit.co.uk/
Lohen Foot Plate £120.00 The Lohen foot plate adds the perfect
finishing touch to a track going MINI. These plates are made from high
quality laser cut aluminium and require minimal installation work. The
clever design makes the foot plate suitable for Generation 1
R50/R52/R53 and Generation 2 R56 MINI's. The Lohen foot plate provides a
flat floor and foot rest for those stripped out MINI's. The foot plate
is made from 3 mm aluminium making it sturdy yet light weight. As an
optional extra the foot plate can be supplied with grip tape to aid safe
entry to the car. http://www.lohen.co.uk/shop/gen-1-mini/new-releases/lohen-foot-plate-detail
Complete AC Schnitzer conversion for MINI Cooper S / JCW (F56) £6,495 For those with fat wallets and a need to empty them in return for some high performance machinery... this could be right up your street. Expert BMW tuners AC Schnitzer has converted the latest MINI F56 from standard to awesome and they are offering the same treatment to flush customers. Here's what you get:
235hp (Cooper S) or 265hp (JCW) performance upgrade
3 year (from new) AC Schnitzer engine/drivetrain warranty
19” x 7.5J AC1 alloy wheels (your choice of matt anthracite or bi-colour finish)
Falken tyres 215/35/19 fitted and balanced
RDC tyre pressure sensors installed
Suspension spring kit
Sports exhaust system with your choice of chrome or black ceramic tailpipes
Lohen Supercharger Belt Tensioner Damper £69.00 A replacement supercharger damper tensioner for the MINI Cooper S, JCW and GP supercharged generation 1 R52 and R53. The
tensioner damper is responsible for maintianing supercharger belt
tenison. This is an essential component as it not only drives the
supercharger but also the water pump, so even short periods of engine
running after belt failure can lead to serious engine damage through
over heating. When the damper fails, belt tension is lost, the belt
comes off and the tensioner arm can drop down into the crank pulley
causing further damage. Traditionally failure of the damper has meant
complete replacement of the tensioner assmebly at a cost of close to
£200. This damper replaces the failed item only saving over a £125 on
the traditional fix. The damper is the same item as supplied on the MINI assembly. www.lohen.co.uk/shop/gen-1-mini/engine-ecu/engine-bay-parts/lohen-supercharger-belt-tensioner-damper-detail
Orranje takes a LEAP £160 MINI aftermarket specialist Orranje has now become the European stockist and distributor of LEAP products. They've already got some products in and available, with more to come. Currently you can treat yourself to a number of spoiler lips for the R53 or R56, each priced at £160. https://orranje.co.uk/shop-by-brand/leap
Sprint Booster £185 http://www.sprintbooster.com Since the introduction of fly-by-wire throttle control, there has been a delay between pressing the throttle and the engine's response. Given some recent troubles on hill junctions we thought this might be just the product to solve this issue. By continuously monitoring the digital signal provided by the ETC’s potentiometer, the Sprint Booster provides the ECM with a new and altered signal. At low revs it claims the engine responds in around half the time compared to before and that there are also big differences in the higher rev range too. It's Plug & Play connectivity makes it a really easy device to install too.
The leading MINI motorsport championship, the MINI Challenge, has overhauled its website to tie in more closely with the MINI brand. Gone are the swathes of black, to be replaced with biblical white light backgrounds and crisp lines. The simplification of the user interface allows more breathing space for the design and less clutter, making it easier to read and navigate. There's still plenty of information, and even more to read about now - all easily accessible from the drop-down tabs and in-page links. If you look closely there's even a page about sponsors of the MINI Challenge series, where you should find a link to your truly.
The Lancashire MINI Register's annual Mega MINI Meet was the perfect Father's Day treat for any male Mini enthusiast. Located on the picturesque Fylde coast in Lytham St Annes, at Lytham Hall, the day started out with bright sunshine and a large turnout. Enthusiasts from all over the country made the journey to the North West coast with FullOnMinis coming from the North East, East Coast Mini Club coming from... well, the East Coast, and some even made a near 600-mile round trip from Bournemouth - good effort from Amy Hibbard and her crew.
Once again the team from the LMR had put on a great show with live entertainment from Emma Wright and a raffle with a heap of excellent prizes.
Traders had turned out in force too, with Lloyd MINI Blackpool, Magnetagz, Julie Craftevan, the Speed Factory all attending plus others. Whilst the weather only held out until early afternoon, by then the day was all but done and showgoers had just bear the light rain whilst gripping on to those lucky raffle tickets.
This weekend sees the Mini 7 Club head to Donington Park for rounds 7 & 8 of the championship. Newcomer Shayne Deegan has upset the apple cart by thrashing champions past and present whilst setting new lap records in the process. Can anyone catch him? Get the latest reports from Castle Combe and top photos from Matthew Barrington. DOWNLOAD FOR FREE