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Our very own Chris Slade becomes a Champion!

27 Nov Posted by in General News | Comments
Our very own Chris Slade becomes a Champion!

Chris Slade becomes the 2011 Mighty Mini Champion!!!

Many of you will remember that quiet little boy Chris Slade who would turn up to every event with his Mum, Dad & sister Hannah and was always reluctant to join in, or push himself to the front, well obviously he has changed as he has just become the National Mighty Mini Champion for 2011 .

Twenty two year old Chris took the title at Rockingham Raceway a few weekends ago in only his 2nd year of motorsport following his 8th place finish in the Championship in his first year and since then he has been invited to have his car on display for Top Gear Live at the NEC Birmingham and at the Excel Arena in London.

The 2011 season started back in April with the first race at Oulton Park where Chris finished 2nd and set a new lap record. Top ten finishes followed at Snetterton, Castle Combe and Brands Hatch which were televised on Sky Motors TV. His first win came at Cadwell Park at the end of June in front of 10,000 spectators when the Mighty Minis were a support race for the European Drift Championship and from then on he could not stop winning. After four straight wins at circuits all over the country the Championship came down to the final event at Rockingham Raceway at Corby, Leicestershire with Chris leading the championship by 15 points on 236 points with 32 points going for a win. The Circuit which is based on the famous American banked oval circuits with an infield section of short straights and tight turns and the qualifying session was as always very important to set a good grid position and Chris did what was required by put his car in pole position for the race with a quick last lap leaving is championship rivals trailing in 7th,8th & 9th places. Chris controlled the race from the front and eventually brought his car home in 3rd place which was enough to take the honours.

Recently Chris was asked to take the car to the Castle Combe race circuit just off the M4 near Bristol to take part in a Mini action day to raise money for charity, he took spectators out in the car for a 3 lap sprint and helped to raise £2500.00 although he did bring one young lady back in tears although he insists that his hands never lift the wheel.

His winning car will be on display in the hotel lobby for the BRSCC British Race and Sport car club dinner in February at Stratford on Avon and should be at the NEC Autosport show in January.

Chris is keeping his options open for the 2012 season but is looking to move up to a more powerful car if sponsorship and the opportunity becomes available and more importantly New Year at Bude.

Well done Chris from all your friends at Tamar DA!!!

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