The MINI of Charleston Cars Take Savannah By Storm.
The three MINI of Charleston cars had a great two weeks from Feb 27th to March 6th winning three times in and around the Savannah area.
First, the Solo II car driven by Stuart Kestenbaum won the overall indexed Autocross event held on Sunday Feb 27th in his wife’s MINI Cooper S daily driver. The car is a bone stock 2007 Cooper S with the only modification being a set of Hoosier Autocrosser tires. His time was over a second quicker, using the index, then the next car and ahead of some trailered in, purpose built race cars. This puts the car ahead in the Championship and looks to be a continuation of last year’s domination of the Coastal Empire’s Solo II Series Championship.
On March 6th, just one week later, the H-Production MINI of Charleston Cooper of Hendrick Imports GM Brad Davis won his Race at Roebling Road, Ga., in a car that was built over the winter months. This was the car’s first race and Davis’ first race on rain tires, due to wet track conditions at the start of the race. He qualified fourth in class and worked his way to the front winning in race group 1 at the Buccaneer National at Roebling Road Raceway, just outside of Savannah. H-Production cars are purpose built race cars using stock chassis with suspension and engine modifications along with many pieces of safety equipment installed. It was quite a challenge getting the car sorted out in only one session before the race was run. “I qualifying I had to relearn the entire track, since this car handles so well, as opposed to the showroom stock cars I’ve driven the last 25 years. Real race slicks and adjustable suspension make the great MINI handling unbelievable. When the rain came the learning curve was erased and years of experience racing in the rain kicked in. The Hoosier Rain Tires were great at moving the water and finding traction”, said Davis in the past race interview.
Later on the that same day Robbie Davis, Brad’s son, won his race in the MINI of Charleston Showroom Stock B car. Robbie had to start from the back of the pack due to work commitments making it impossible to get to the track on Saturday for qualifying. During the race Robbie managed to get to the lead and hold off the competition to win the event and make it a clean sweep for the MINI of Charleston cars in Georgia on these consecutive weekends. Showroom Stock B cars are bone stock with safety equipment and DOT legal tires installed. Robbie is now 2 wins in 2 National starts for the season.
All these cars will be competing again later this month in and around the South at various venues. Look for updates on the progress of the team in the future releases. Wish them luck, it’s going be a long tough season now that the competition is gunning for them.