MINI Challenge Update 2017


The fourth round of the MINI Challenge UK kicks off at Silverstone this coming weekend (10-11 June). The championship is still very tight with less than 100 points separating the top 5 drivers. Brett Smith is currently the outright leader with 306 points, closely followed by Max Bladon who is sitting with 252 points.

Rob Smith is hoping a change in fortune can help him secure a win this weekend at Silverstone, the site of his first CHALLENGE victory back in 2014. Smith looked odds-on to record his first race win for two years last time out at Snetterton when he secured pole position in the soaked qualifying session and was comfortably leading the first race, but he was denied by an alternator failure that wrecked his weekend.

Smith did fight back to finish on the podium in the final race in Norfolk, but it still goes down as a chance missed. Smith’s pace has been unquestioned so far this year. He set a new lap record at Oulton Park and has featured at the sharp end of the timing sheets all season. Now he hopes that Lady Luck may just turn his way and he can end his winning drought, which stretches back to Donington Park in 2015 when he became the first driver to win in the Gen 3 JCW era.

Smith is currently eighth in the championship table.

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