Attleborough’s Jonathan Lewis ready to take on the Mighty Minis at Snetterton
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With five race wins from the six events contested Attleborough's Jonathan Lewis leads the Mighty Mini Championship which has its next stop on the driver's home track of Snetterton.
The latest pair of races were held at Brands Hatch with the local driver having to reshell his racer after rolling it down Paddock Hill bend during pre-event testing.
'I got it a little sideways and when I ran out of road it went over in the gravel,' said Lewis, who quickly restored his car back into race winning condition in his newly opened workshop.
Lewis, the one-time Van Diemen Formula Ford race team manager, has recently opened the Snetterton Speedshop, situated on an old part of the Norfolk circuit, with a rolling road and facilities to build, maintain and tune race and high performance vehicles.
'It's an exciting new venture with one of my first jobs to repair my own race car,' said Lewis. In the opening race on the Kent track Lewis traded the lead with rival Zack Booth, who led the mid portion of the event, but in the end the older head on the Team Bailey racer won out at the finish.
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Booth led away race two before being demoted by Lewis but the younger racer was back ahead on the penultimate lap but once more the local racer outsmarted his rival. However, with Booth snatching the two additional points for fastest laps in both events he only dropped two points to his rival.
The Welsh rounds of the Locost Championship proved to be the undoing of Richard Jenkins run of podium places.
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The Norwich racer, supported by Richard Dixon at Sprowston based Allied Motorsport, could only line up for the opening race at Pembrey in a lowly ninth place but he soon worked his way up the race order to be in third place at the end of the second lap. However in his attempts to make further progress he spun onto the grass at Dibeni Corner before resuming towards the tail end of the field but could only recover to 16th place which equated to three championship points.
It did appear as if the local racer was heading for his regular podium position in event two having worked his way through the pack to hold third place by mid distance. However in the cut and thrust of a typical Locost event he but was pushed back to fourth place by Tim Neat at flag fall to lose 26 points to his title rival Alastair Garratt.