Alice Hughes has claimed the Mighty Minis title in the season finale at Pembrey. Arriving into the weekend with a healthy championship lead, a front row starting spot led to a runner-up finish in the opening race of the weekend. A retirement in race two could’ve led to a tense finale, however Alice’s championship rival Damien Harrington also failed to finish which enabled Hughes to claim the title with one race to spare. It has been an impressive return to the championship for Alice who finished almost half of the races on the podium, including a dominant weekend at Brands Hatch.
The weekend started off with a practice session on Saturday morning with Alice setting the sixth fastest time, with her consistency particularly impressive heading into qualifying. Starting positions are not always vital in the Mighty Minis Championship, nonetheless, Hughes knew a solid grid slot would give her the best chance for the races ahead. Alice was immediately on the pace in qualifying and despite unable to make any improvements in the second half of the session, her quickest time was second fastest in a very close session.
Starting from the front row of the grid, Alice completed the first lap in third and defended well in the opening stages as pressure mounted from behind. After dropping a position to Stuart Coombs on lap four, the leading drivers closed up which enabled Hughes to reclaim a podium spot on lap seven. The following lap saw Alice take over second position as she commenced her battle with season-long championship rival Damien Harrington. The pair traded the lead multiple times in the closing stages of the race with Alice just missing out on the race, still claiming valuable points for her championship challenge.
Lining up in seventh due to a reverse grid for race two, Alice made a great start and moved into fourth at the end of lap one. After some extremely close racing in the following laps, Hughes moved into a podium spot, before overtaking Owen Edgley for second on lap five. Sadly, two laps later Alice retired as she was beginning to close the gap to the leader. However, with her championship rival Harrington also failing to finish, this meant Alice was crowned Mighty Minis champion with one race to spare.
With the championship already secured, Alice did not take to the track for the final race of the season at Pembrey, in what has been a highly successful return to the Mighty Minis Championship. Showing her versatility on a range of circuits, Hughes fully deserves her maiden circuit racing title where she has continued to thrive in action-packed races.
Alice should be extremely proud of her championship run which has seen her showcase her qualities over a single lap, as well as out front and overtaking from deep in the field. Consistency has been crucial for Hughes, especially at Anglesey at the start of the season where she didn’t have the speed to content for wins, but still collected valuable points. This is also highlighted by the fact that Alice claimed just two victories across the season, but six other podium finishes and four fastest laps underlined her pace. Hughes will now work on her plans for the upcoming year where she will aim to build on her momentum and ensure she is once again challenging towards the front.
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