Some of the UK's closest club racing comes to Oulton Park this
weekend, with 11 races featuring nothing but Minis new and old.
The MINI Challenge and Scottish Mini Cooper Cup ensure the
modern incarnation of the much-loved little car is well
represented, and fans of the original are catered for by the rapid
Mini Miglia and Se7en Championships and Kent Cams Cup.
The Power Maxed MINI Challenge headlines the racing with its two
classes, one for JCWs and the other for Coopers. The JCWs are the
fastest, powered by a 220bhp turbocharged BMW engine and running on
slicks. Chris Knox and Luke Caudle have been monopolising the JCW
wins in 2014 and it's Caudle leading the championship with five
wins to Knox's four.
The Cooper Class is led by reigning double class winner Shane
Stoney, who has won all but two of the season's nine races. Gideon
Cresswell and William Phillips are the drivers who have denied
Stoney a 100 per cent record, but the consistent Josh Gollin is
Stoney's closest rival in the points.
There are more BMW MINIs than ever before at the Mini Festival
thanks to the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup's annual trip south of the
border. This is their first-ever Festival appearance, and the fight
to be the first winner will be fierce. Reigning champion Kenneth
Thirlwall is the man to beat, sitting well clear of former single
seater racer Joe Tanner.
While it's the Cooper Cup's debut, the Mini Se7ens, Miglias and
pre-66 Minis of the Kent Cams Cup are no strangers to the Festival.
The Miglias are the quickest of the original Minis, running
modified 1.3-litre A-Series engines and on slick tyres. Kane Astin
leads, but Dan Wheeler is just two points behind with a brace of
The Mini Se7ens have featured a season-long battle between
Andrew Deviny and Darren Thomas, and there's yet to be a race
without at least one of them standing on the podium afterwards.
More often than not, one of them leads the other to the flag. In
the last round at Thruxton, they shared a win apiece. Deviny's four
wins, to Thomas' three, has him edging away in the points
Kent Cams has joined forces with Swiftune, the promoters of
numerous historic Mini races each year, for the Kent Cams Cup, open
to pre-'66 Minis. Darren Turner, Aston Martin's double Le
Mans-winning works driver, is expected to star in Swiftune's own
Cooper S, but there are many Mini specialists standing in his
The racing gets underway at 10:55 on Saturday following
a morning of qualifying, starting at 08:30.
Click here to download the timetable.
Tickets for the Oulton Park Mini Festival on Saturday 12
July cost £22 on the gate, with free admission for under