Brands Hatch GP, Rd.6

Brands Hatch GP, Rd.6

RACE 1:

RACE 2:

James: “That was really bizarre, but I could see the trouble brewing in front of me, so I had a feeling something was going to happen. It was getting quite feisty between them because they were so close, so I was trying to bide my time but Lee was making life really hard for me and I made a silly mistake which put him right on me and cost me time to the leaders. But it’s a great result and the car definitely felt better in that race… looks like the changes to the flux capacitor really paid off.”

Driver Standings: https://www.minichallenge.co.uk/mc-driver-standings/

Images & Videos by kind courtesy of Mini Challenge & CSUK

Next MINI CHALLENGE UK meeting: 14/15 September – Donington Park GP

BRDC Member

BRDC Member

James: “It is with great pleasure that I announce my selection as a Member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club. It has been my ambition to join the Club since I began my journey in motorsport, with membership offered to only a select few and by invitation only.”

“The BRDC is undoubtedly the most exclusive Club in motor racing and it is a privilege to be selected alongside some of the most successful racing drivers from Great Britain and the Commonwealth. I look forward to integrating myself into the Club and wearing the BRDC insignia with pride. I would like to thank all those that have helped me on this incredible journey and with my selection for membership”.

Website: BRDC

Brands Hatch Indy, Rd.5

Brands Hatch Indy, Rd.5

QUALIFYING:

James qualified P4 and wasn’t at all keen on the way his car was working. James: “It felt like a bag of nails,” he said bluntly. “We probably left too much of a dry setup on it and it was all over the place. It wouldn’t turn in, then it would try to oversteer and I just couldn’t get on the throttle. I got about one good lap, and thank goodness I got that!”

RACE 1:

James celebrates his third victory of this year’s MINI CHALLENGE JCW campaign during an epic opening race of the Brands Hatch MINI Festival weekend!

James: “That was such a hard race, I had a few massive moments and was on the lock-stops a few times! Ben is so good at defending so I knew I had to take my chance to pass him when I had it, but even when I got past I had a whole bunch of cars pushing me really hard. I really had to work for that. The yellow flags at the end at least meant I wasn’t going to get lunged at that part of the track. But I just had to hold my lines and I’m chuffed to bits with that result.”

RACE 2:

James: “It was a tough race and the start was so close. Dan got a great run on the outside of me into the hairpin and I had to defend hard, but then the rear got loose and we touched and Nathan managed to slip past. It was just one of those things. Then with the safety car Nathan got on the power probably only a tenth of a second sooner than me, but it opened that gap up and there wasn’t much I could do. The car felt OK, but we’re still chasing something in the setup.”

RACE 3:

James: “The car just wasn’t very good in that one, and we have to find out why. I was struggling for grip and got hit a fair few times, so that may have contributed I guess.”

Driver Standings: https://www.minichallenge.co.uk/mc-driver-standings/

Images & Videos by kind courtesy of Mini Challenge & CSUK

Next MINI CHALLENGE UK meeting: 3/4 August – Brands Hatch GP

Donington Park GP, Rd.4

Donington Park GP, Rd.4

QUALIFYING:

James: “It was a mixed session really, the car felt good and I thought I could have gotten a bit more out of it on my fastest lap, but the tyres just started to drop away on the front. Plus there was a yellow flag out in the last sector for the final few laps, so I kept improving my time in sector one and then slowing for that. I didn’t want to risk a better time under yellows…”

RACE 1:

James: “Fair play to Nathan, he drove a great race, but I was half on the attack at him and half on the defence with Dan because he was really close. I think my front tyres suffered in the middle of the race, but then they came back to me towards the end and I was gearing up for one final attack but my gearbox missed a change out of the hairpin and that was just enough to give him the final gap. Still, it’s another podium and really good points.”

RACE 2:

James: “It’s been a decent weekend, but I wanted that last podium. I had a rubbish start and then had a massive tank-slapper up towards McLeans at one point. It’s a shame to lose the points lead, but there’s still a lot of the season left to go…

Driver Standings: https://www.minichallenge.co.uk/mc-driver-standings/

Images & Videos by kind courtesy of Mini Challenge & CSUK

Next MINI CHALLENGE UK meeting: 20/21 July – Brands Hatch Indy

Silverstone, Rd.3

Silverstone, Rd.3

QUALIFYING:
Mini Challenge JCW Championship leader James took pole position for Race 1 at Silverstone, by a margin of 0.086s, thereby securing an extra 6 points towards his championship challenge.

James: I was quite surprised at pole actually. Before Snetterton we had loads of testing in the same conditions as qualifying, so I wasn’t surprised at the pace I had there, but this was the complete opposite. Combined with the fact I’ve never driven this configuration of Silverstone, I’m pretty made up to be fastest. It wasn’t an easy session. The data shows that I had to overtake another car on my fastest lap, which cost me about quarter of a second, so there’s some more time on the table. But tomorrow is a whole new challenge because this isn’t one of those tracks where you can just drive off into the distance because the slipstream here is so strong. I have no idea what will happen tomorrow.”

RACE 1
James: “I just didn’t quite have the edge in that one. I was being a bit of a wimp on the brakes and in the high-speed stuff and that allowed both Jac and Ben on to me, and it’s so hard to shake off cars around here in the tow. But I’ll take third because it’s solid points for the championship.”

RACE 2
Following a decent start to the race, James became embroiled in  a collision through Village corner. He continued to hold second, but later ground to a halt with a broken driveshaft.

James: “I’ve got no idea if the driveshaft went because of the contact, or if it just went. It’s a gutting way to end the weekend and doesn’t exactly do me any favours in the championship.

Driver Standings: https://www.minichallenge.co.uk/mc-driver-standings/

Images & Videos by kind courtesy of Mini Challenge & CSUK

Next MINI CHALLENGE UK meeting: 22/23 June – Donington Park GP