Mitchell Stars On Donington Mini Challenge Debut


Ex-Renault UK Clio Cup front-runner Jack Mitchell made a guest outing in the Power Maxed MINI Challenge UK at Donington Park this past weekend, and duly took a podium finish in his first race in the category.

The 17 year old teamed up with Power Maxed Racing for a maiden outing in the MSVR-run championship, competing in one of their distinctive yellow Mini F56 Gen 3’s around the Grand Prix circuit.

Mitchell qualified eighth on the grid in qualifying, just over three quarters of a second shy of the pole time set by Charlie Butler-Henderson.

A stunning start to the opening race saw him climb up five places in the opening lap alone to settle in third, with fellow former Clio Cup racers Lee Pattison and Rob Smith amongst those he overtook.

Mitchell went on to pass championship leader David Grady for second on lap three and would match the pace of leader Butler-Henderson throughout the remainder of the twelve lap race en-route to second.

With the top four reversed for the second race grid, the reigning Ginetta Junior Champion started third, but a tough opening lap saw him slip down to ninth.

Mitchell gained a spot on lap four, but a trip to the pits two laps later meant he was restricted to twelfth place at the finish, three places behind fellow debutant Vicki Butler-Henderson.

It capped off a mixed, but impressive outing for Mitchell, who had brought his Renault UK Clio Cup campaign to an end earlier this month, having sit sixth in the standings with one podium finish to his name.

The 2015 Power Maxed MINI Challenge season finishes at Snetterton on October 31/November 1.