Qualifying is over and Stuart has put in a very solid performance finishing in P5. So its a 3rd row start for the endurance race. Its cloudy and dry now at Silverstone so well see how it goes during the race. Join the action live on the BARC YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/08ZPYFqwJjI
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It is chucking it down at Snetterton and the qualifying looked a little hairy for round 2 of the hyundai coupe cup. Some nice power slides were on show. Stuart kept his #12 car planted on the track and missed out on completing his final flying lap when the session was red flagged. That’s racing for you. P11 for the race and some places to make up in the wet should make for some good viewing. The Gen3 cars are flying but Stuart is strong in the technical in-field at Snetterton so its fingers crossed.
The race is at 15:50 but with the rain the timetable may change. My advice is get comfy and watch the whole day’s racing just so you dont miss it.
So the first round of Hyundai Coupe Cup is done and Stuart is a happy man. He was competative across qually and both of the races. He landed a 5th place in the last race of the day so that’s a decent way to close off his maiden weekend . Unfortunately he took some damage but managed to keep the car on the track and bag some championship points.
Stuart said “I absolutely loved it and cant wait for the next round” – well there’s not long to wait with the next round at Snetterton 8th/9th May
It just remains for me to say a massive thanks to all our supporters and sponsors – see you all in 2 weeks.
With it being the 60th anniversary of the mini and the 50th anniversary of the Italian Job the MINI Festival at Brands Hatch 2019 was set to be one to remember. It’s always an essential part of the mini owner and lovers calendar as the racing is non stop and is always guaranteed to thrill and this year was no exception.
mad4mini motorsport were busy running cars in all three Cooper classes of MINI Challenge and the drivers kept them on their toes. Running this weekend: Andy Ringland #66 – Cooper Am, Morgan Wroot #38 – Cooper Pro and the legend – my hubby – Stuart McLaren #12 – Cooper S.
It was a tough weekend with some fantastic competition making the trip around paddock hill bend and druids all that more exciting. Stuart landed 3x P3 finishes which were nobly won. Some great driving from the others at the front of the pack.
As if the trophies weren’t enough the amazing marshals and Rhea from MINI Challenge got Lewis our boy up to the podium to hand out the trophies for Race 2. Amazing moment for Dad and Son. Thanks to those who made it happen.
Andy took some damage in Race 1 and those in the paddock rallied around to get parts for mad4mini motorsport to get it fixed. Thanks a million to all that made such a great job possible.
As ever there we couldn’t do this without our sponsors and partners. Thank you to all of them for an amazing weekend. Also sorry to those who stood anywhere near me whilst I was watching the racing – my apologies for your ear drum damage with my excited screams. Love it!
You can see some the action from Day Two of the festival on facebook:
Mad4mini Motorsport have been super busy in the run up to Snetterton preparing multiple cars. They have cars in all 3 classes of the Coopers this season.
Just to add to the work of an increased team size Stuart’s R53 has undergone a major rebuild over the winter. So Snetterton would be show time. And that’s show time with no rehearsal as the extent of the rebuild meant no time for testing. But hey there’s extra adrenaline to be had doing your testing in qualifying.
Saturday 11th May – Snetterton 300 is a fantastic circuit to kick off the season and its been home to some of Stuart’s most thrilling podium finishes. The morning was cloudy and wet so qually in the wet and the afternoon race in the dry. So to add a little more excitement than we really wanted qualifying was the first time Stuart had driven the car in the wet. Oh and did I mention that the ABS decided to not work. But he took a P2 so it wasn’t all bad.
Race 1 saw Stuart slow off the line and he had dropped places by the first corner. It turns out that there were issues with the gear box. So for any of you reading that are familiar with Stuart you will know that little issues like not having third gear is not something to phase him. We all remember Brands Hatch 2018 when he took the R53 out with no windscreen! He made up two places to take the podium in the position he started in. You can see Stuart drive the fastest lap of the race here. The car looks like a handful – no wonder he loves it. It was a great start and it was such a great start the race officials decided to level things out a little and give both Stuart and Dan who took P1 a 20kg ballast plate for race 2 on Sunday.
Sunday 12th May – Race 2 was a flipped grid which is always good fun to mix it up a bit. Stuart started in P3 and that gear box was determined to not let him have a good start again and he dropped to P5. Despite the extra weight and the slow start he made up 2 places to finish P3. A fantastic start to the season and some great points in the bag.
As always there are many people to thank to make it all come together. Mad4mini Motorsport were fantastic and a huge thanks to them all and to Jim who always keeps a level head and performs a sterling job as no. 1 mechanic as always for Stuart. A huge thank you to our amazing sponsors that make it possible for us to do this. The Metal Store, Mintex, MeisterR, Direnza, VRRC and mclaren0to60.
This time next month will be the opening round of the Cooper MINI Challenge and its getting very exciting for all involved in the mad4mini Motorsport team. With entries in every Cooper Class (Am, Pro and S) the team will be showing off their incredible knowledge of the MINI. So there are many podiums up for grabs but also the Team Award.
If you followed Stuart McLaren #12 in his opening races of the Cooper S class you will know there were podiums and also some fine off-roading into the kitty litter at Paddock Hill bend. So the car has spent its in between season time being given some serious attention.
With the engine now in the new shell it will be time to hit the track soon for testing.
Once again a huge thanks to the sponsors that have been part of the pre-season preparation and we know you wont be disappointed once we start running. Make a date in your diary now to be there for the season opener at Snetterton.
A few weeks ago I went to meet the team at Virtual Reality Racing Club VRRC and to try out their sim technology. The technology is top quality and all key circuits are available. Its fully immersive with headset and motion seat. I drove a couple of cars and had some fun on the Brands Hatch circuit. I’m pleased to say that after such a great and informative day mclaren02to60 are now affiliates of VRRC. You can find me on the driver coach web page where I am in some good company.
To learn more about what is available and how you can improve your racing skills please visit: VRRC or mclaren0to60