Mini Challenge weekend proves tough opener for SVA driver Nathan Edwards
Taking to the driver’s seat for the first time in the Mini Challenge Trophy race series at Croft during weekend 10/11 October, during qualifying Nathan was running as high as second place before dropping down to seventh out of 29 Mini’s late on.
Saturday afternoon saw the first race of the weekend and despite a greasy, wet track which served up pretty “tricky conditions” for the Mini Coopers, Nathan held his own even though he was struggling for outright pace and it was his first time in wet conditions in a Mini. He eventually finished a very respectful seventh place which would set him up nicely for Race 2 the following day.
However, Sunday’s race was to prove not so successful as first hoped.
Starting on the second row of the grid, Nathan got a good start and immediately put pressure on his Excelr8 Motorsport teammate who was in third. Sadly though, later into the first lap following a heavy hit from a fellow driver which sent him into a half spin which he managed to catch, Nathan was down to 11th place.
From this point on, Nathan was now racing in what is affectionately known as the ‘danger area’ (mid-pack) and further contact with another fellow racer sent Nathan’s Mini into a spin and last place. A long safety car period lasting the second half of the race to recover some cars after an accident, stopped the SVA sponsored driver making any sort of a comeback.
Nathan explained, “The unfortunate thing is that once these Mini's lose momentum, they become much slower and difficult to pick up speed, hence why so many people got past me following the first incident,”
“The race was very frustrating and stopped us from getting either a race win or at the very least a podium spot but that's racing, you win some you lose some.” explained Nathan.
Nathan continued, “I can't thank SVA enough for supporting me over the weekend. It was great to get back to racing again and once again showing that we can be at the front even in a different series against some pretty stiff competition.”
Alex Wright, managing director of SVA, said, “It’s great to see Nathan is back behind the wheel of a race car where he belongs. We are immensely proud of what he achieved in his first Mini Challenge weekend despite things not going his way. But he’ll bounce back.”
The next round of the Min Challenges Trophy takes place on 7/8 November at Donington Park.
Nathan, a qualified race instructor, started racing at the age of 14 in the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship before progressing to the BRSCC Fiesta Championship, then onto the Renault UK Clio Cup.