BEN BOSSES HIS FIRST MIGHTY MINI WIN


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Ben van den Bos recorded his first ever race win at Rockingham on Bank Holiday Monday.

A mixture of sports cars and saloons were the order of the day for the Midland Centre's Bank holiday meeting at Rockingham, which followed on from the Britcar meeting run by the busy Centre on the Saturday.

The Cannons Motor Spares Tin Tops & Tiger Racing Series provided the variety of Sunday’s event, with a multitude of classes being split into 3 groups for 2 races each. In a rain affected first race, Mick Grant's Tiger R6 took a comfortable 3.3 second win over the Tiger Cat version of Stewart Fenton. Nick Boon's Peugeot's 106 GTi followed in third place and was the first of the saloons. Stewart Fenton took advantage of a drier track in the second race to take a win over Paul Dudley’s Tiger R6 with Mick Grant this time coming home third. A Peugeot again took fourth place, this time the 206 Gti of David Cox. The third and final race provide a very narrow win for Andrew Mitchell’s Peugeot 205 by less than half a second over the Proton Satria of Danny Cassar followed by Luke Bennett's Honda Intigra Si.

Championship leader Neil Burroughs continued his current run of form in the SRCC Sports 2000 Duratec Championship with a comfortable 8 second win over Mike Jenvey after 30 minutes of racing. Both were running the increasingly successful Gunn machines – Burroughs in the TS11 version and Jenvey mounted in the earlier TS6 model.

The first BRSCC Porsche Championship event of the weekend saw David Clark's Boxster lead home a further 8 versions of this machine before the first 924 driven by Richard Styrin came in as a Class B winner. Richard Sykes and Gerry Taylor finished second and third overall with Matthew Upchurch taking the other class win. Monday saw a repeat performance from Clark and Sykes, but this time Sean Cooper managed to overcome Gerry Taylor to take third place. Andrew Hannington improving on his first race class position to take the Class B honours, ahead of Steven Brown and Richard Styrin.

Two twenty minute races for the BRSCC Formula 3 series were laid on over the two days. Chris Needham and Louis Hamilton-Smith battling out the Sunday race with Needham taking the flag by less than half a second. Kat Impey rounding off the top three with an impressive finish in her first season after stepping up from Monoposto racing. On Monday, following a first corner incident, Needham had to drive a recovery race from the back of the field, but ran out of time to catch eventual winner Alex Craven after taking second place, passing Mark Terry as the race drew to a close.

Mike Jenvey bought out his Gunn TS6 again for the Itchy Feet BRSCC Open Sports Car race and cruised to a comfortable win over Tony Sinclair's Jade. A disappointingly small entry for the second race led to a comfortable win by over a lap for Sinclair ahead of Ginger Marshal and John Gray.

Mighty Minis are always guaranteed to provide a good contest and they more than lived up to their billing. After a number of lead changes during the twenty minute encounter, the result went to a first race win for Ben van den Bos ahead of Louise Inch, Peter Tervet and Stuart Coombs. Inch's result elevating her to the overall lead and the very real prospect of becoming the championship’s first female champion!

Once again the BRSCC Euro Saloon & Sports Car Championship provided a wide variety of cars over the five classes. With class leader Tony Soper missing from the event, Leicester’s Grahame Tilley took overall honours in the Saker GT from Rex Stamp's Lotus Exige. Joss Ronchetti upheld saloon honours with a class win and overall third in his Talbot Sunbeam Lotus.

The Mighty Minis bigger brothers, the Super Mighty Minis, didn't quite live up to the efforts of the earlier race, but the race resulted in a win for championship leader, Scott Kendall by just over half a second from Elliot Stafford, with Patrick Ford a further 3.52 seconds adrift.

The first of two Dunlop TVR Challenge races went to Dean Cook’s Tuscan by the narrowest of margins from Michael Saunders’ Cerbera. Andy Holden following on in third. Holden then found some extra pace for the second race this time leading home Saunders with Cook back in third.

Once again a huge entry for the popular Ma5da MX5 Championship enabled the whole entry to be split into four groups for a couple of races each. First time round Jonathan Greensmith led home Ben Robinson and Charles Plumley. The second race for groups C and D saw a rather more spread out field led home by Tom Roche with Robert Boston coming in second and Paul Sheard heading home a small gaggle of battling Ma5das.

Boston was able to make amends in his second race with a convincing victory some eight seconds ahead of Charles Plumley and Ben Robinson who swapped their first race positions. The last race for the Ma5das and for the weekend again went to Tom Roche to keep his battle with Rob Boston at the head of the Championship alive. Luke Herbert taking second in front of another third place finish for Paul Sheard.

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Tony Carwithen