SMRC Celtic Speed Cup Rounds 7, 8 and 9 Race Report

SMRC Celtic Speed Cup Round 3
20-21st June 2015

After the previous meeting being hindered by the almost predictably bad weather of Knockhill, much expectation was lying on the shoulders of the third round of the Mini Cooper Cup Championship in which DSR would be fielding the usual three cars.

After frustrating rain and mist delays and cancellations, Dan, Des and Jonny were keen to get out on the track and get their racing juices flowing. Alongside the drivers, the team mechanics were hoping for a quiet yet strong weekend in the garage with Scott stepping in for a holiday-bound Ian and the troublesome duo of Craig and Martin manning the other two cars with suspect tans and the usual tireless motivation to get the awning in place before the rest of Team DSR arrived.


All set up and ready to race
All set up and ready to race

After surprisingly feisty practice sessions on the Saturday, all three drivers were setting middle-of-the-field times to hopefully put themselves in the mix for the following day. An unfortunate clash with a Ginetta put the skills of the JRM duo of Jim and Martin to the test on Jonny’s car but a professional and thorough job was performed and emphasised the talent of coachworking that resides from Edinburgh’s automotive Mecca of Roseburn.

Race Day Sunday

With the paddock bustling with some last minute work on our number seven car, a mercifully late qualifying session was around the corner to set the tone for the day of racing ahead. With Jonny Dreelan hoping for a personal best around the 66 second mark and Dan looking for another consistent weekend like the outings earlier in the year, ups and downs were to be had in the following session. Jonny set a personal best of 66.2s lap to put him 20th on the grid, along with Des and Dan locking out the middle places with 13th and 14th place respectively.


A thumbs up from Des after a solid start
A thumbs up from Des after a solid start

Race 1

Some hard fought racing from Jonny Dreelan culminated in an unfortunate accident early in the race leading to a DNF for our youngest driver. Some solid racing from Dan and Des in a convoluted pack made up the middle of the field with both drivers finishing 12th and 13th, pulling themselves marginally up the standings.

Race 2

Another mixed bag was to be had for DSR again, with the ever-consistent Dan Dreelan getting stuck in with some characteristically clean racing to elevate himself to 10th place and achieve the team’s first top 10 of the day with a fastest lap of 64.4s. Des Wheatley’s car unfortunately suffered from a snapped steering rack after five laps and was forced to retire from the race, also setting a time of 64.4s. Jonny had to settle for another troubling DNF after a spin on the first lap battling with the backmarkers.

With Martin unsheathing his ball-pointed hammer for the umpteenth time of the weekend and Craig chuckling to himself over a cup of coffee looking over Dan’s remarkably clean Mini, Mr Sleigh himself was getting down and dirty with Des’ steering rack, pulling the team together to get the team’s most successful car of the season back in running order. Des and Jonny would be fighting from the back of the grid in the next race due to a couple of DNF’s but Dan would lead the charge from a satisfying 10th.


Race 3

Another Top 10 for Dan was to be had in the final race of the weekend with our top car of the weekend making up another place to finish 9th. With Jonny’s car out of action and Des suffering from some more unfortunate mechanical problems, it was left to Dan for fly the flag for DSR and finished off what was an impressive weekend for him. Dan, Des and Jonny now sit 13th, 14th and 22nd respectively.

With the next round of the Celtic Speed Cup occurring on the 19th July, the team will be looking for a clean weekend and some inspiring results after a promising and teambuilding weekend.