This weekend was the final event for the SCCA Pro Solo series. Representing MINI of Charleston, Mark Chiles added to his record of National Championships and won the annual Championship for the G Stock class in his MINI Cooper S. Mark’s 2nd in the Pro Solo final event broke the tie with MINI Cooper S driver Brian Garfield, who finished 3rd. Competition starts this week for the SCCA Solo 2 National Championship with Mark hoping to add to his National Championship trophy collection and sit it next to his new Pro Solo award.
Driving his Rick Hendrick Imports BMW 330, driver G.H. Sharp won his class and clinched his first Pro Solo Championship in the competitive D Stock class. As a former National Champion in Solo 2, G.H. hopes that his Pro Solo win is a good omen for a repeat championship this week in Solo 2.
We’ll update the team’s results as the week-long event concludes on Friday. Over 1,000 competitors from all over the country will be on hand trying to win their class’ National Championship. We wish Mark, Jeff Jacobs and GH the best of luck.
On the racing side, the MINI of Charleston SCCA road race team is almost packed and ready to head for the Club Racing National Runoffs that start next week in Mansfield Ohio. Hoping that Ivan does not make towing the race car trailer more hazardous than racing, the team has a Mid-Ohio practice day scheduled for next Sunday and SCCA practice and qualifying begin next Monday. The Showroom Stock B race will be at noon on Friday the 24th. Practice and qualifying information can be found daily at www.scca.org. Click on the “Club” racing tab and then the “Runoffs” tab. All 24 of the class championship races are being filmed by Speed Channel to air in November. Over 800 competitors are entered for this event. The MINI Cooper S has over 40 other SSB drivers from across the nation entered for our race. The field will include two MINI Cooper S’ in SSB and two more in SSC race on Sunday. For fans of the “Classic” MINI, 7 of those are entered in Friday’s GT 5 class race.