MINI Challenge

Ben Palmer on Pole in Sodden Donington Conditions

1 Mins read
Credit: David Young / MINI UK

In the MINI Challenge, it would be a pole position for JCW newcomer Ben Palmer at Donington Park. Having only been confirmed in the lead up to the weekend, the Guest was elated with his performance.

Lunchtime rain made the session treacherous for many, but it wouldn’t stop Palmer who on his debut weekend made waves, quickly jumping to the top of the times in the early stages.

He remained on top as the time counted down, with a time of 1min 52.612. The #130 was the shock of the session, 0.055 ahead of James Gornall. The JIG Racing driver was one of the few to improve in the closing stages, claiming second on his final lap.

The top JamSport driver was not the championship leader, but Scottish driver Calum King. He edged out Ant Whorton-Eales for his worst qualifying since Oulton Park. Completing the third row would be Rory Cuff and Luke Reade.

A number of cars had taken to the pits during the middle of the session, with Nathan Harrison struggling at the tail end of the top ten. It would not get any better for the BRDC Rising Star, qualifying eighth behind Jordan Collard. Having his two rivals ahead of him, Harrison knew that he’d have it all to do in order to hold on to his championship aspirations.

The top eight had all qualified within a second of each other, as the ten was completed by Jono Davis and Jac Maybin.

Top 8 were split by a second with Ant waiting until tomorrow to secure the title.

1347 posts

About author
Single-Seater Specialist who worked for TCF from 2015-19. Come finding me wandering the paddock.
Related posts
BTCCF4 British ChampionshipGinetta GT4 SupercupGinetta JuniorMINI ChallengePorsche Carrera Cup GBPorsche Sprint Challenge GB

TOCA announces August start for 2020 BTCC and support categories' season

1 Mins read
TOCA has unveiled a tentative 27-race calendar for the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and all support categories, set to begin in August
BTCCMINI Challenge

MINI Challenge champion Gornall set for BTCC debut with Trade Price Cars Racing

2 Mins read
Reigning MINI Challenge Champion, James Gornall is the latest driver to make his debut in the 2020 British Touring Car Championship with Trade Price Cars Racing
MINI Challenge

MINI Challenge switches to Goodyear tyres ahead of TOCA debut

1 Mins read
MINI Challenge aligns itself with BTCC ahead of its debut as part of the TOCA support package in 2020.