Action-packed Scottish Mini Cooper Cup debut for Emily Glanvill

Emily Glanvill has successfully made her debut in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup at Knockhill. The former Junior Saloon Car Championship Scholar enjoyed a number of close battles across the weekend where she secured a best finish of 20th. Glanvill improved her pace during the meeting, especially in the final race of the weekend where she was able to set extremely competitive lap times. Emily also completed multiple overtakes in what was a typically action-filled meeting of the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup.

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Emily Glanvill successfully completed her debut weekend in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup at Knockhill. Photo Credit – Ellen Beskow Photography

Emily’s weekend began with two test sessions on Saturday prior to the busy race meeting on Sunday. A mixture of dry and damp running gave Glanvill the best preparations ahead of her debut with conditions for the following day forecasted to be changeable. Aiming to continue her positive running into qualifying, Emily took to the track along with 23 fellow competitors in a bumper-grid for the July SMRC meeting. After a couple of warm-up laps, the drivers were forced to slow down while a car was recovered from the circuit. This meant that just over three minutes of the ten-minute session remained giving drivers little time for improvement. Nevertheless, Emily was able to set a competitive time good enough for 18th on the grid, a positive start to her first ever Scottish Mini Cooper Cup meeting.

Lining up on the eighth row of the grid, Emily knew the start was going to be challenging after being away from competitive racing for almost a year. Keeping the car clean, Glanvill dropped to 22nd after the opening lap before gaining back one position by the end of lap two as the safety car was brought out. When the racing resumed, Emily continued to make up for lost time as she broke into the top-20 as the field was neutralised once more. Getting into her rhythm after the second safety car period, Emily ran her best lap of the race in pursuit of 19th place, a position she gained on lap ten. Despite losing out one place on the final lap, Glanvill completed her opening race without issue, showing speed that would move her up the field as the day progressed.

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Emily wasn’t scared to push to the limits during her first race of the year. Photo Credit – Bryan McKay Savage Photography

Emily started race two from 18th on the grid, eager to move forward after her experiences in race one. It was a challenging start for Glanvill who dropped to 21st after the opening lap, before slipping a further position on lap two. The middle portion of the race saw Emily enjoy a close battle with Jonny Dreelan as she contended for places on the fringe of the top-20. A late-race charge saw Glanvill set her best lap of the race as she moved into 20th, just to be pipped on the final lap to that position, ending race two in 21st place.

Starting from the 11th row of the grid for the final race of the weekend, Emily kept it clean on the opening lap and dropped to 23rd. Nevertheless, she had proven her overtaking capabilities in the earlier races and once again pulled off a superb move to pass Craig Blake on lap four. Aiming to bridge the gap to her rivals, Emily reeled off a series of consistent lap times, on average just over half a second away from the lead group. Despite these quick lap times, Glanvill just ran out of time to make up any further ground, ending the race in 22nd. This results didn’t reflect Emily’s pace which was particularly impressive on just her first ever weekend in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup.

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Emily enjoyed an action-packed weekend where she competed in Scotland’s most competitive one-make championship. Photo Credit – CMC Images

Emily should be encouraged by the progress made on her debut weekend, with the results not reflecting the overall performance of the talented young driver on her first senior car racing weekend. Glanvill’s race pace was particularly impressive, lapping within around half a second of the lead group in the final race, despite being out of competitive action for 9 months. Finding a little extra single lap pace will be crucial to Emily making the next step forward, with track position proving vital in the short sprint races in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup. Nonetheless, Emily secured three solid race finishes and completed every lap which will her the best possible preparation heading into the remaining rounds of the championship.

Emily would like to thank Walero, Rentec Autocare, Super 23, Ian J Brown and Company, BlackBox, 1st Glass and Harper Performance for their continued support.

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Emily Glanvill set for Scottish Mini Cooper Cup debut

Talented young driver Emily Glanvill is on course to make her debut in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup at Knockhill this weekend. The former Junior Saloon Car Championship Scholarship winner has been testing during the start of the season due to budget restrictions, but Emily is keen to make her senior racing debut in one of the most competitive single-make championships in the country. A busy schedule awaits Glanvill who will take part in three races across the course of the weekend as she aims for a positive start to the season, with top-10 results a realistic possibility.

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Emily Glanvill is set to make her debut in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup this weekend. Photo Credit – Ellen Beskow

Being out of the seat for so long has made Emily even more eager to enjoy her first weekend in the series. Speaking of her delight ahead of her debut, Glanvill commented “I can’t wait to get back out racing in July! Although I had hoped to take part in the previous Mini Cooper Cup race meetings in 2017, I feel that having taken the time to test in the car properly, I will be going into my first meeting feeling well prepared. I have adjusted to the feel of my new race car over the last few months and am really happy with how it is handling”. Testing has formed a crucial part of Emily’s preparations with all but one of the rounds of the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup taking place at Knockhill, Glanvill’s home circuit. Conditions have varied with each and every session which Emily has participated in so far, however she is confident of making progress during her debut weekend.

This year marks Emily’s second season of circuit racing after competing in the Junior Saloon Car Championship during 2016. Glanvill’s charismatic personality, combined with her talent behind the wheel, earned her the scholarship award and a funded drive where she was given the chance to race in one of the most competitive junior series in the country. Throughout the season, Emily made significant progress with her race starts a strong point in particular, regularly gaining multiple positions on the opening laps of races. The young driver will be aiming to transfer what she learnt into the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup where she will be battling experienced competitors in an established single-make championship.

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Emily is hoping to translate what she learnt from the Junior Saloon Car Championship into one of the most competitive single-make championships. Photo Credit – Ellen Beskow

Emily has worked tirelessly over the past year to secure the funds necessary to race, a challenging task but one she found equally rewarding as she forms partnerships with local and national companies who are looking to get involved in motorsport. Speaking of the quest for sponsorship, Glanvill said, “Gathering the budget to fund my racing career in 2017 has undoubtedly been my biggest challenge to date. That being said, it has only made me even more grateful for the support I continue to receive from my current sponsors – Rentec Autocare, Super 23, Walero Baselayers, Ian J Brown and Company, BlackBox, 1st Glass and Harper Performance. I am very proud to be surrounded by such a strong and passionate team of people this season.” Sponsors are a crucial part of any driver’s outfit, ranging from purely financial help, to services which they can provide that benefit both parties in the long term. Emily has been pro-active when searching for sponsors and this has ensured she is in the best possible position as she takes to the track for her debut race with a supportive team behind her. Nonetheless, Emily is still searching for sponsors to give her the best to complete the season, you can view Emily’s sponsorship proposal here

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Emily is thankful for all the sponsors which have come on-board to ensure she can compete. Photo Credit – Ellen Beskow

Ahead of the race weekend, Emily has kept up her preparations and is upbeat about her chances this weekend. Giving an overview of chances, Glanvill commented, “I’m sure that having time to experiment in testing, both with the mechanical aspects of the car (thanks to Minimax and Rentec Autocare) and with various driving techniques, will prove to be very valuable come July 2nd. Thanks to my sponsors Harper Performance, I am also feeling physically ready to conquer this new challenge. With their support and guidance, I have been working hard in the gym and am making changes to my diet to ensure that my body is in the best place to perform on raceday”. Emily’s debut meeting in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup will take place at Knockhill this weekend, with a qualifying session followed by three races where she will aim to make consistent progress and move up through the order.

Emily would like to thank Walero, Rentec Autocare, Super 23, Ian J Brown and Company, BlackBox, 1st Glass and Harper Performance for their continued support and looks forward to a successful debut weekend.

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Jess Hawkins continues her winning form at Rockingham

Jess Hawkins has enjoyed another successful weekend in the Mini Challenge, this time at Rockingham. The Excelr8 Motorsport driver claimed her fifth victory of the season with a dominant lights-to-flag performance in race one, after maintaining her faultless qualifying record. A reverse grid in race two saw Hawkins cross the line in third after starting in fourth, however a post-race penalty pushed the championship leader down into fifth position. Nonetheless, it was another excellent weekend for Hawkins who also maintains her advantage atop the Sunoco 240 Challenge standings which will enable her to drive at Daytona if she is able to consolidate her lead.

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Jess Hawkins collected her fifth victory of the season in the Mini Challenge at Rockingham. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Following testing on Friday, Jess knew qualifying on Saturday morning was set to be the most crucial to date with just two races during the weekend and high tyre wear at Rockingham. From the outset, Hawkins was the driver to beat as she vaulted to the top of the time sheets after her first sequence of laps. Challenges from Owen Walton and Richard Newman kept Jess on her toes, but she found further improvements throughout the session to claim another pole position with excellent one lap pace. Hawkins should also be encouraged by her consistency in qualifying with her best six laps within seventh tenths of her best, an impressive showing at a circuit with greater tyre degradation.

The opening race of the weekend took place shortly after lunch with a busy schedule in order to complete the two races planned for the day. Jess made a fantastic start and led the opening lap from pole position, also building up a gap of over a second ahead of her closest challenger. Owen Walton was in hot pursuit and his extra experience of competing at Rockingham earlier in the year was paying dividends as he set the fastest lap of the race. Despite getting the gap down to under a second, Hawkins was always in control and stretched out the gap in the closing stages to take her fifth victory of the season and extend her championship lead with Walton and Sam Weller completing the podium.

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Jess took victory with a dominant lights-to-flag performance in race one following her third consecutive pole position. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

With just two races taking place at Rockingham, the reverse grid race was the second and final of the weekend with Jess drawn out to start fourth on the grid. Maintaining her position after the opening lap, Hawkins was running closely with the lead group in the early exchanges. A close battle with Martin Poole and Sam Weller saw positions being exchanged between the three drivers, with Jess re-emerging in fourth as the safety car was deployed at the end of lap five. Just one lap remained when the racing resumed with Hawkins capitalising on a strong restart to overtake Poole and claim a well-deserved podium place. Unfortunately, a post-race penalty dropped Jess to fifth position, but it was still another positive weekend in the Mini Challenge which saw Hawkins collect her fifth victory of the season.

Jess has continued to pick up valuable championship points in every round this season, driving smartly in the reverse grid races to ensure she never strays too far from her rivals. Her impressive record of finishing every one of the eight races this year is particularly notable which highlights her championship credentials. The next round of the Mini Challenge takes place at Brands Hatch, an extremely familiar venue for Jess where she will hope to extend her championship lead as part of the Brands Hatch Mini Festival.

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Progress made for Ashleigh Morris at Rockingham

Ashleigh Morris has enjoyed a successful weekend in the Scottish BMW Championship at Rockingham. Learning a new circuit was never going to be easy, but Morris showed good speed throughout the weekend to come away two solid results as well as superb lap time improvements across the sessions. After qualifying in 11th, Ashleigh finished race one in 12th after running inside the top-10 during the early stages. Further headway was made in race two where Morris finished in 10th whilst turning her best lap of the weekend as she enjoyed a number of close battles with her rivals.

After making the most of the Friday test session leading up to the weekend, Ashleigh was set for qualifying on Saturday morning aiming to make further improvements. From the outset, Morris set a good pace as she continued to learn the challenging circuit while fighting for a top-10 starting position. With each and every lap, Ashleigh gained more time with her best lap of the session coming on her final circuit, a sign of improvements to come with Rockingham being notoriously tough on tyres. Almost getting within three seconds of the pole position time, Ashleigh qualified in 11th ahead of the two races to come across the weekend.

Race one began later in the day with Ashleigh making a solid start, completing the first lap in 12th after negotiating the tricky run down into the first corner. On lap three, Morris moved up to 11th and set about lapping quickly as she soon moved inside the top-10 while gaining confidence as she continued to progress through the field. Unfortunately, a spin on lap five halted Ashleigh’s progress as she hit some oil laid down by a fellow driver. Nonetheless, Morris battled hard in the closing stages to finish the opening race in 12th, with a number of positives to take from her debut race at Rockingham.

Starting race two from the sixth row of the grid courtesy of her finish earlier in the day, Ashleigh made a good start and moved in 11th by the end of lap one. Making some good moves on the following lap saw Morris rise to ninth, a position which she was able to successfully defend for a short period after. Despite being shuffled back to 11th on lap five and then 12th after Stephen Goldie made his way past, Ashleigh set her fastest lap of the weekend as she set to gain back the lost time. Making up a position in the closing stage, Morris finished race two in 11th in tough conditions at Rockingham to complete a weekend which she made superb improvements during the course of the weekend. Ashleigh enjoyed further good news after the checkered flag as a penalty for a fellow driver promoted her into the top-10.

Ashleigh should be extremely satisfied with her progress at Rockingham, in some tough of the toughest racing conditions all year. Competing away from Knockhill for the first time this season, Morris would’ve taking in lots of information which she will be able to apply for the remaining rounds of the Scottish BMW Championship. The next round of the series will take place at the start of July where Ashleigh will be aim to continue her progress and secure some more strong results.

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Taelor Shand excels in Scottish Mini Cooper Cup at Rockingham

Scottish Mini Cooper Cup driver Taelor Shand has experienced her best weekend of the season at Rockingham. Taelor took full advantage of the series one meeting away from Knockhill by showing excellent speed all weekend, culminating in a sixth-place result in race two. Hot conditions throughout the meeting made the racing even tougher, nonetheless Shand built on her solid 12th place qualifying effort by finishing in ninth in race one, before a crazy last lap saw her finish sixth on the road in the second and final race of the weekend, before she was promoted post-race into the top-5.

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Away from the regular venue of Knockhill, Taelor enjoyed her best weekend of the season. Photo Credit – Lottie Rodger

The weekend started off promisingly with Taelor showing great speed in testing leading up to the weekend which would be a sign of things to come. In qualifying, Shand was quick from the outset and immediately jumped inside the top-10 with her first lap of the session. Even with the high tyre wear at Rockingham, Taelor managed to improve her lap time midway through the session which ended up being good enough for a 12th place starting spot, the best of her season to date. Being within a second of the third place driver, Shand knew there would be opportunities to move forward during the races with the field so close.

Starting from the sixth row of the grid, Shand didn’t make the best start at the beginning of race one and fell to 13th position at the end of the opening lap as the safety car was deployed. When the race resumed, Taelor immediately picked up two positions to move into 11th, before moving inside the top-10 by the end of lap five. Despite her best efforts to close up to the pack of the drivers ahead of her, Shand just run out of time and crossed the line in 10th, setting her fastest lap of the race on the final lap. Following a post-race stewards decision which led to the exclusion of a driver ahead of her, Taelor was delighted to move up to ninth and was full of confidence ahead of race two.

Aiming to move forward at the start of race two, Taelor made a much better start and enjoyed a positive first lap which saw her move up to seventh by the end of lap one. A number of close battles during the middle portion of the race saw Shand move back to ninth by the end of lap, however still within touching distance of the drivers ahead due to the competitive nature of the championship. Taelor was then able to capitalise on a final lap incident ahead which saw her move up to finish in sixth, a fantastic result which was fully deserved after her impressive pace throughout the course of the weekend. Following the conclusion of the race, Shand was promoted to fifth to secure her best result of the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup season.

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Taelor will hope her progress from Rockingham will translate into the remaining Knockhill rounds, pictured here. Photo Credit – CMC Images

Taelor will be thrilled with the pace she has shown over the course of the weekend with two strong top-10 results to show for it. It has been a season of highs and lows for the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup driver, but this meeting has proved that Shand has the speed to contend for potential podiums as the season progresses. With the next round of the championship taking place at Knockhill in just two weeks’ time, Taelor will be keen to ensure she maintains this momentum in search of even better results.

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Superb showing for Katie Milner at Silverstone

Team One Call driver Katie Milner has enjoyed another positive round of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, this time at the historic Silverstone GP circuit. Milner relished the challenge of learning the circuit and continued to improve throughout the weekend, underlining her sustained development in the Ginetta G40. After qualifying in 17th, Katie finished the opening race in 10th, followed by a hard-fought 11th place result in race two. The final race of the weekend was shortened to only three laps, nonetheless, Milner showed her talents by coming through from the sixth row of the grid to finish eighth on the road, a result which turned into sixth once penalties were applied.

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Katie Milner enjoyed a successful weekend at Silverstone in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge. Photo via Team One Call Racing

Katie was ready to tackle qualifying on Saturday morning after a test session leading up to the weekend in order to familiarise herself with this historic circuit. With almost 50 Ginetta G40’s on track, getting a clear lap would be a challenge especially with the speed differential of some GRDC+ runners in comparison to their GT5 Challenge counterparts. Katie set a number of consistent lap times during the 20 minute session to set the 17th fastest lap, less than a second away from the top-10. Despite the series visiting the longest circuit on the calendar, the top-20 drivers were covered by just over three seconds which shows the close and competitive nature of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge.

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Katie got to grips with the historic Silverstone GP circuit during qualifying in her Ginetta G40. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Lining up on the eighth row of the grid for race one, Katie made a fantastic start utilising the wide track layout to make up a number to places to end the opening lap in 12th position. On lap two, Milner passed the Richardson Racing car of Alex Toth-Jones before capitalising on Ollie Wilkinson dropping down the field shortly after. Now inside the top-10, Katie was looking to gain further places and moved into ninth on lap five as she anticipated two more laps would remain in the race. Unfortunately, a red flag was displayed which brought an early end to the race, with the result counted back a lap which meant Katie finished in tenth position.

Starting from tenth position in race two courtesy of her finish from the previous day, Milner continued her record of impressive starts gaining two positions on the opening lap. Despite losing a position to Richard Evans on lap two, Katie was holding her own in a strong pack of drivers who were all hunting down a podium place. Milner was shuffled back to 11th on lap four, but she was determined to battle hard and learn all she could ahead of the final race of the weekend. Finishing in 11th was a little unlucky for Katie as she just missed out on the reverse grid for the final race, nevertheless, it was another good points haul at a circuit which Milner had not competed at before.

Due to the races being rescheduled after a dispute after the finishing order of race one, the third race at Silverstone was set to be a shortened one with Katie starting from the sixth row of the grid. Gaining positions on the opening lap for the third race in a row, Milner was up inside the top-10 after the first lap and was in contention with the leading group. Despite remaining in tenth by the end of lap two, it was a frantic lap which saw positions change hands a number of times. On the third and final lap, Katie pulled off a fantastic opportunistic move to cross the line in eighth position. Subsequently, Milner was promoted to sixth after penalties for drivers ahead which rounded-off an extremely positive weekend for the Team One Call driver at Silverstone.

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Katie enjoyed a fantastic result in the shortened race three where she finished in sixth position. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Once again Katie showed her skills by learning another new circuit and improving significantly between qualifying and the final race of the weekend. With over 40 cars on the circuit during the meeting, Milner could improve her track management and develop her racecraft as she made her way through the field. The Ginetta GT5 Challenge now takes a short break before making a trip overseas to the Zandvoort circuit, a new track which will test the drivers to the maximum.

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Double victory for Jess Hawkins at Silverstone

Jess Hawkins has continued her superb start to the Mini Challenge season with another pair of victories, this time at Silverstone. After her two impressive wins at Snetterton, Hawkins was looking for a perfect weekend this time around and was only denied by a red flag in race three. Taking pole position for the opening race, Jess converted this into a victory before leading lights-to-flag in race two. The reverse grid draw put the Excelr8 Motorsport driver in fifth for race three and she had charged through to third before the red flag was displayed on lap nine, nevertheless a hattrick of podiums extends Hawkins lead atop the championship table.

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Jess Hawkins claimed two victories in the latest Mini Challenge meeting at Silverstone. Photo Credit – Dave Young Photography

After a positive test session on Friday prior to the weekend, Jess was hunting her second successive pole position as qualifying got underway on Saturday morning. Working with teammate Matt Hammond to utilise the significant slipstream effect on the Silverstone National circuit, Jess immediately went to second behind Hammond in the opening stages of the session. Both drivers continued to improve their time during the session with Jess finding a crucial two tenths on her final two laps to take pole position in the MINI Challenge for the second time in a row.

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Jess worked with Matt Hammond in qualifying as the pair locked out the front row of the grid. Photo Credit – Dave Young Photography

Starting from pole position, Jess was looking for a positive start and she held the lead after the opening lap. Under significant pressure from the chasing pack, Hawkins was overtaken by Sam Weller on lap three, but stayed in touch with her more experience competitor. By the end of lap five, Jess had re-taken the lead and was starting to pull away from the chasing pack as they battled over the remaining podium places. Steadily building a gap to the drivers behind, Jess was in control of race one and took her third victory in four races to extend her lead atop the Mini Challenge Cooper Class standings.

Once again starting from pole position after her victory the previous day, Hawkins was looking for a repeat performance to set up a possible perfect weekend. Jess made another great start and led the way from Martin Poole who had also enjoyed a superb start. Slowing edging away from the pack, Hawkins took advantage of her rivals squabbling behind her to pull out a gap of almost three seconds to third, with Poole still in contention for the lead. With a series of impressive lap times, Jess pulled away from her rival behind as Poole was demoted to third as Hawkins’ teammate Matt Hammond moved into runner-up spot. In the closing stages, Jess was able to maintain the gap to Hammond behind in order to take her second victory of the weekend, leading every lap of race two in what was a dominant performance.

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Jess led Martin Poole in the second race of the weekend as she took another victory. Photo Credit – Dave Young Photography

The reverse grid draw for the final race of the weekend put Jess on the third row of the grid in fifth, with a realistic possibility of completing the treble. Hawkins made a great start and gained a position on the opening lap with the top-four drivers breaking away from the rest of the field. Following teammate Hammond, Jess was able to pass Poole for third on lap four before setting the fastest lap of the race shortly after. The Excelr8 Motorsport drivers then began their pursuit of leader Sam Weller and cut the gap to just over a second by the end of lap seven as the safety car was deployed. Unfortunately, the red flag was displayed shortly after which took away the chance of a memorable treble with Hawkins finishing in third.

Jess once again showed incredible one lap speed, in addition to her impressive racecraft to extend her lead in the Mini Challenge Cooper Pro Class. Two victories, followed by a third place in race three matched her superb showing in the opening meeting at Snetterton with both tracks favouring the chasing drivers with a large slipstream effect. The next meeting of the Mini Challenge will take place at Rockingham where Hawkins will hope to continue her fantastic start to the season and add to her tally of four victories from the opening six races.

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