Charleston, SC: In April Robbie and Brad Davis, competing in their MINI of Charleston/MINI USA/CarboTech Brakes/Hoosier Tires MINI Coopers, ran the SCCA BF Goodrich Super Tour Double National at Virginia International Raceway near Danville, Virginia. This is one of nine national events that carries a national award for drivers earning a ticket to the National Championship Runoffs in September. Using a points system that awards additional points for larger entry levels the BFGoodrich Super Sweep award is a secondary National Championship. Currently both Brad and Robbie are 3rd in points in the nation in their respective classes, but South East division drivers get a jumpstart on other drivers in the country that start their season a lot later than those of us that have good weather all year around.
At the VIR event 250 drivers from all over the country came to compete in the double national weekend. Saturday’s race was competitive with Robbie ending up with a 5th in Showroom Stock B and Brad 5th in H Production. Both Davises were hoping for a rain race, but the severe storms stopped all racing for a couple hours as rain and tornados threatened the area. However, when the storms left the track dried quickly and the MINI front wheel drive rain advantage dried up also. The race had a previous national champion and professional racers in the field, showing the level of competition for this event.
Sunday Robbie got a great start and lead for a while, but the horsepower advantage of rest of the class over the MINI gave them the advantage on the long 3.27 mile course. Robbie’s close rival Mike Scornavacchi got by Rob in his BMW Z4 and held on for the win. Peter Schwartzott, of Freeville, NY used the 30 additional horsepower of his Honda Civic SI to also power past Rob on the long straightaway, followed by Tim Meyers in his Ford Mustang. Rob’s 4th place finish was not a good representation of the fight he put up to stay in the race with cars that have a lot more power than the MINI.
Brad’s Sunday race was much better than Saturday’s outing. After missing two track sessions getting the mystery computer/theft unit problem fixed again, Brad’s learning curve on VIR with the new car improved his performance. Ron Bartell from Madbury, NH put his MG Midget on the pole. The two time national champion jumped into the lead, but from his 5th place starting position, Brad jumped into 3rd at the start and within a couple laps was holding down 3rd by a 10-15 second margin. However with 3 laps remaining, a car went off course hard and then came to rest back on the track with a broken suspension. A full course caution was required to move the disabled car and the pace car allowed the other cars in the class to close up on Brad. Cars in a faster class that were also running in the H Prod race had just lapped the slower HP cars and the restart was total chaos. Brad was pinched behind another car and Greg Plush, from Reston, Va. got his Nissan past Brad and stole 2nd! However the Super Tour event still featured a full podium celebration complete with champagne spraying, so Brad’s 3rd place finish still let him participate in the post race fun.
The final weekend of the April marks another challenge for the team as co-driver Robbie Davis has moved to Dallas, Texas to take the job as the Marketing Director for a Chick-fil-A in Irvine. Rob has qualified for the National Championship Runoffs at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin in September and hopes he can juggle events to allow him to compete.
Brad will take the one car MINI of Charleston team to Road Atlanta for the SCCA National May 21st. Brad is currently 2nd in SEDiv points in HProd.
Attached Photos – credit Mark Boudoucies
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