Kershaw , SC – Cold weather and wind failed to cool the MINI of Charleston Racing Team’s quest for points in the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) South East Division (SEDiv) National racing series championship. In the Showroom Stock “B” class race, Robbie Davis of Clemson, South Carolina placed the MINI of Charleston 2005 MINI Cooper S in the 2nd position for the start of Sunday’s 45 mile sprint race on the 2.2 mile 14 turn Carolina Motorsports Park road course. Fighting a sinus and ear infection that sent him rapidly to the local “Doc in the Box” after the race, Rob executed a textbook start and grabbed the early lead from Mike Scornavacchi from Manheim, Pa. Mike was making a southern region appearance in the SSB Champion Pontiac Solstice he purchased after it dominated the SCCA Runoffs in Topeka, Kansas. Robbie was unable to hold off Mike and settled into a quick pace and finished 2nd over new MINI of Charleston Team member Jim Orr, of Moncks Corner, SC in his recently purchased 2002 MINI Cooper S. Rob’s 2nd place finish at CMP and 4th at Sebring put him in a tie for the early season points lead with MINI of Charleston customer Jill Orso from Orlando, Fla. Jill finished 7th at Sebring, but rallied to win at Homestead the following week. The points race goes head to head in two weeks as both Rob and Jill are entered at the next race in the series, at Roebling Road Raceway in Pooler, Ga.
In the Showroom Stock “C” class (the class the MINI Cooper S competed in last year before being booted up to SSB for being too fast!), team manager Brad Davis got behind the wheel of the MINI of Charleston Counterfeit MINI (a 2000 Honda Civic SI, that used to be the car to race until MINI returned to the US in 2002!). Brad qualified 3rd with the pole being won by a mere .4 seconds by Larry DeLude of Easton , Ct. and Tim Meyers of Atlanta in 2nd. At the start, Brad jumped into 2nd and after 3 laps tracked down DeLude and took the lead. After changing from the MINI into the Civic, Brad adjusted to the slower Honda and consistently turned laps faster then his qualifying effort. At the finish, Brad won easily taking the win over Guy Pavageau from Washington , DC who finished 2nd in his Chevy Cobalt and Delude third in his Honda Civic SI. “My plans were to concentrate on Rob’s points chase this season” said the elder Davis , “but returning to CMP and starting my year with a victory, just like we did last year, gives me the itch to defend my SSC SEDiv Championship from 2006. We’ll see what happens at Roebling in March before we change any plans.”
MINI proudly brought the new 2007 MINI Cooper and Cooper S to the US market last week. The completely redesigned MINI looks like it will prove to be a worthy evolutionary sibling of the 2002-2006 MINI, but also an exciting opportunity for more SCCA wins and Championships when it is eligible for SCCA Road Racing competition in 2008. Details on the new car are available at MINIUSA.com.
For additional information contact: Brad Davis @ 843 402-6551