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Round Two of the MINI Challenge took place last weekend, and our second biz7 winner, Iain Weber, was there to take on the challenge! Iain, who came from Thruxton Kart Circuit, came second in the heavy weight class at Rye House during the Champions Challenge Final. This round was at world famous Silvertstone! The weekend was pretty action-packed, starting with practice sessions throughout Friday. The sessions gave Iain the chance to get to grips with car racing on a circuit and get a feel for the Cooper class MINI. Here’s what Iain said about practice:
“I turned up Friday morning, very excited to get in a race car for the first ever time. First session out on Friday, took it very steady which left me loads of time to gain. By the end of Friday test day, I had gained a lot of time, which put me within 1.7 seconds of the quickest driver on the day”.
Qualifying for the Cooper class took place on Saturday morning:
“I went into qualifying Saturday eager to go using the session as another test session and see where it would stand me. At the end I needed to find another 1 second to get me in the pack”.
Nevertheless, qualifying was great practice for Iain in his first car racing environment! Now for his first ever start in a car race..!
“Saturday afternoon arrived and it was time to get ready for my first race. Once on the grid, all nerves went but I managed to fluff the start as I’d never done this kind of start before! During the race, I gained more experience and better lap times again.
Race 2 and Race 3 took place on Sunday morning and afternoon.
“I turned up Sunday feeling positive as I’d spent some time going through the go-pro footage with Chris Smith, and had a better understanding of what I needed to do gain time. Both races didn’t go completely to plan! I messed up both starts again and was a little disappointed that my pace was slower than Saturday. Nevertheless, I would like to say a big thanks to the whole BIZ team for giving me this experience, The whole setup of the team was outstanding (BIZ/Excelr8) I enjoyed the whole weekend and learnt so much about driving a race car. I now have the bug to do more, hopefully in the future be nice to get back out again in the mini challenge.
The Champions Challenge Team would like to say a massive well done to Iain! We really hope you had a unforgettable weekend. You were great to have around – really eager to learn and it was great that you managed to get your lap times down on the Saturday.
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