Team Scalextric, the real life racing team for the slot car brand have this weekend raced their first Mini Challenge with superb results!
2012’s first Mini Challenge consisted of two races (20 drivers in total) held on Saturday at Silverstone. Teammate, Patrick Mortimer competed in the JCW Class alongside 13 other drivers. Novice Adrian Norman, a member of staff at Hornby’s Scalextric raced in Club Class alongside 7 other drivers. Both classes competed in the same race.
Image 1: Left to Right – Patrick Mortimer and his white JCW Class Mini, Adrian Norman pictured with his blue Team Scalextric Mini Cooper.
Both Patrick and Adrian held their positions throughout both races. Silverstone saw Patrick the more experienced driver in the JCW Class finish with his fastest lap time of 2.31.544. A heated race, Patrick’s racing lines were tight showing confident driving. Adrian held his position fighting off Mike Phillips, driving for Excelr8 Motoring overtaking him twice to finish in 5th place with a best lap time of 2.52.378.
Overall championship results show Patrick finishing Silverstone’s race in 17th position with 14 points and coming in 10th place in the JCW Class.
Novice Adrian finished with 21 points coming 10th overall and 5th in Club Class. A fantastic result for a novice driver!
Scalextric’s Adrian Norman said; “Thanks to great advice from the team and Chris Knox, I was able to record a pleasing result for both races and bring the car home in one piece! Last year’s champion, Chris Knox together with teammate Patrick Mortimer’s advice helped me immensely and I was able to learn quickly. It was great to see people cheering for Team Scalextric and we can’t wait for Castle Combe!”
Both Team Scalextric cars generated interest from spectators with fans of Scalextric excited to see the brand coming to life.
Image 2: Left to right – Adrian Norman, Patrick Mortimer, Chris Knox (2011 Mini Challenge winner)
Both teammates were supported by friends and family on the day. Advent Motorsport’s Andrew Crighton provided mechanical support and fellow competitors who are fans of the Scalextric brand helped Team Scalextric.
Chris Knox who was also racing on Saturday in the JCW Class (Chris finished in 3rd place in his Class, 6th place overall) mentored Team Scalextric. Martin Depper also supported the team with his technical knowledge about Silverstone’s track. Martin has a great relationship with the Scalextric brand after his own BMW 318si touring car was produced by Scalextric in 2011 – something of an honour for racers. Martin finished in 4th place in his JCW Class coming 7th overall.
Image 3: Race two, showing fierce competition with JCW Class racing through Club Class at Brooklands Corner, Silverstone.
Scalextric and Mini fans can follow the action over the summer on Facebook facebook/Scalextric, Twitter @Scalextric and #TeamScalextric, YouTube and Flickr with minute-by-minute live updates and video clips bringing the Scalextric toy to life! The Mini Challenge will also be televised on Mini TV online and MotorsTV with full Team Scalextric coverage online at Scalextric.com.
Next race is Monday 7th May 2012 – Castle Combe, Wiltshire.
Race days - 2012
Silverstone GP 14th April
Castle Combe 7th May
Brands Hatch Indy 16/17th June
Snetterton 300 30th June / 1st July
Oulton Park 28th July
Brands Hatch GP 15th/16th September
Donington Park 6 / 7th October