Summit Point, West Virginia – The MINI of Charleston Racing Team made an early May statement by using the SCCA Majors Tour event at the 2.0 mile Summit Point Raceway to dominate both classes the team competes in for the SCCA National Racing Series. In B Spec, Robbie Davis dominated and won from the pole both days, setting a new lap record of a 1:33.033 (just under 90mph). Rob’s drive was his last tune-up before his professional racing series starts in two weeks as he and the 2012 MINI of Charleston, MINI USA, MINI Financial Services #37 join the Pirelli World Challenge series at the Circuit Of The Americas Formula 1 track in Austin Texas. Currently Rob’s race group has 20 cars entered with drivers from all over the country and one driver from Australia. Of the twenty TCB (B Spec) cars, seven are MINIs.
MINI of Charleston team manager and amateur racer Brad Davis had a more difficult race weekend than son, Robbie. Brad’s 2002 MINI of Charleston/Mini Mania/Hoosier Tire/Carbotech Brakes MINI Cooper, competed in the H Production class. Although his first stop at this track with this race car, Brad learned to race at Summit and hoped he could remember the way to victory circle in the competitive HP class. Saturday’s race saw the top 4 qualifiers with less than half a second between 1st and 4th. At the start the race quickly became a battle between Davis, Martin Burk (Honda CRX)of Summit Point and Tom Broring (Triumph Spitfire) of Derwood, Maryland. For 16 laps the top three swapped positions several times (often several times within the lap) and Davis was leading when a car from another class got stuck in a tire wall after an off course excursion. After two laps behind the pace car the race would come down to a 5 lap shoot-out. On the restart, Davis was able to put another class car between his MINI and Burk and Broring at turn 5. Excited to get back to the front, Burk and Broring hit and spun in turn 6 leaving Davis a 15 second win. Sunday’s race was easier as Davis took the lead at the start and held off Burk for the first several laps until his car faded. Broring stopped to check a tire vibration and fell out of the lead lap. Gregg Ginsburg from Arlington, Va. put his Honda CRX into third to round out the podium.
Both Davises moved into first place in the SCCA National and Majors Points races, in their respective classes.
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