Hughes Holds on to Championship.
Going in to round 11 and 12 sat twenty one points ahead of Harrington, Hughes managed to pick up a valuable 54 points towards her championship lead.
With temperatures in the 20’s, the grip levels were high resulting in some truly fantastic races.
Hughes qualified P8 for Race 1 but deep down knew she could have qualified higher up the rankings. The mechanics took to the car and decided that they would check the tappets and make some adjustments. The scrutineers asked for the head to be checked after the last round meaning it just needed some slight alterations.
Hughes had a blinder of a start and had made up 4 positions before the leading cars reached Quarry. She showed some very determined driving and made her way through the pack, picking off places and even racing side by side through The Esses. After leading the race for 5 laps, Mark Burnett (SU Carberetters) used his 10+ years of experience and took the lead on the final lap. By this point, Stuart Coombs (3rd) and Damien Harrington (4th) were fiercely challenging for 3rd, putting on a fantastic show for the Mighty Mini’s.
A reversed grid saw Alice sat P5 for race 2. An early safety car brought the race to a temporary hold. Restarting the race, Hughes begun to make her way up through the field. With only 3 minutes left to go, Hughes had progressed up to 2nd place but unfortunately the race finished under red flags.
Alice says: “Castle Combe has definitely been one of my favourite rounds so far this season. With clean and very close racing, it’s an absolute pleasure to pick up a podium with the talent that’s amongst the Mighty Mini grid. I found a lot of time through Camp and Tower corners which was where I could carry enough momentum to pass.
I’d like to thank Ivor Bourne from Integra Sports Partners for joining us this weekend, Tom Bell from TBR Racing, the mechanics from Shine Automotive and Dr. Phill De Prez from PAS Training for mentally preparing me for race day.”
The next round of the Mighty Mini championship is at Cadwell Park on September 9/10th.
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