The Highs and Lows of Cadwell Park.
With a 13 point championship lead, Alice’s initial thoughts heading into round 13 and 14 of the Mighty Mini Championship were to remain consistent and to finish top 4 in both races. Heavy rain was forecast so driving to the conditions was at the top of the agenda. Alice was feeling optimistic but also wary of the torrential downpour she was about to tackle.
Free practice put Alice’s mind at ease knowing that she had near enough 10 laps to get her back into the swing of the technical circuit of Cadwell Park. Qualifying P1, Peter Bonas had a phenomenally quick start and pipped Hughes heading into turn 1. The two managed to pull away from the pack and Hughes started on the attack. Bonas resorted to an extremely defensive line which allowed Dan Poolman to catch the leading pair. By lap 5, Alice’s radiator top came off resulting in hot water pouring over her passenger side front wheel, meaning she lost traction into the right hander of the Hall Bends; which was where she gracefully pirouetted to the marshal post. A DNF for the championship leader was not what she needed.
Race 2 saw Hughes starting from the back of the grid. Lap by lap, Alice began to pick off her rivals. From a spectators point of view, it was a tense race and it was extremely exciting to see if Alice would catch the leading quartet in time. Alice made her way upto P5 , behind Stuart Coombs (sat 3rd in the championship), picking up the fastest lap along the way. The clock was ticking and time was running out for the Yorkshire lady. The last lap board was shown and Coombs went for the lunge around Paul Ogborn at Park corner but lost some time exiting the corner on the rumble strips. Hughes slotted herself in behind Obgorn and went side by side with Coombs through the gooseneck, managing to steal P4 down into Mansfield. If that wasn’t enough, Hughes stormed through the mountain and was side by side with Ogborn heading into Hall bends. Ogborn commanded the track and Alice had no option but to tuck in behind him and settle for P4.
“From a DNF in Race 1 to driving an absolute stormer in Race 2, I was able to prove myself around Cadwell. The rain thankfully held off. I do enjoy racing in the wet conditions but with corners like Barn that get extremely slippery when wet, we were able to find a lot of grip in the dry and pull of some fantastic moves. The mighty mini championship is very close racing and the drivers respect one another allowing you to race paper width apart without touching.
My manager, Ivor Bourne from Integra Sports Partners, gives me constant reassurance and belief and we work extremely well together.
I’d like to thank Ryan Bracha and Nathan Lord from Gala Performance for joining us on such an exciting race day. We definitely gave them something to watch!
Another thank you goes to Mark Jones from Icon Autos Limited for providing me with some fresh rubber this weekend!”
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Image Credit: Oliver Read.