MINI THRILLER WON BY MORGAN


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The Mighty Mini racing at Brands was as close as ever. Photo: Rosie Burnett

The amphitheatre setting of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit was a perfect choice for the sixth race of the Mighty Minis racing season last weekend. The crowds were treated to a racing spectacle second to none when the Super Mighty Minis took to the track.

Neven Kirkpatrick held off the relentless attack in the early stages from Bob Bennetts, and what seemed like the entire field until he handed over the lead to Chris Morgan. It sounds gentlemanly, but with Scott Kendall and Elliot Stafford on his tail it was never going to be an easy task.

The three of them swapped places constantly as another almighty fight developed behind with a further ten cars all jostling for fourth and beyond. Pat Ford managed to get to the front of the squabbling pack and set his sights firmly on trying to get onto the podium.

The last lap board went out which initiated a marked step up in the fury of the front three. Morgan was pushed out onto the grass at Surtees – he rejoined alongside Kendal and Stafford on the run up to Clearways just in time for the front three to offer the crowd one last jaw-dropping moment. All three tangled with Stafford ending up in the gravel trap with damaged steering. Morgan held on to win the race from Kendall with Pat Ford on the third rung of the podium. This was a thriller to match Manila! (one for older readers there)

The Mighty Minis seemed much steadier in their race as Adrian Tuckley hounded Mark Burnett in his borrowed car who qualified on pole. The championship title race was going on behind them contested by Louise Inch, Matt Pinny and Stuart Coombs. The pressure was on but there was also a waiting game being played out as points make champions and a mistake could lose any of them many places, such was the closeness of the race.

Charlie Brisker lost control on lap thirteen through paddock and barrel rolled through the gravel trap, causing the race to be red flagged and handing the win to Burnett. Burnett wryly joked that it was a ‘Piquet arrangement’ with Brisker. Adrian Tuckley who was closing on Burnett finished second and Stuart Coombs third.

The drivers now get a well deserved summer break as the next rounds of both Mighty Minis championships will take place at Oulton Park on the 31st July.

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