Brandon makes Mini move for title

Hawick driver Hamish Brandon narrowed the gap on his title rivals on the Castle Combe battlefield after securing two top-five finishes in the Power Maxed MINI Challenge last weekend.

Held in wet conditions, Saturday’s frantic 15-minute qualifying session saw the Pandamonium Racing front man put in an eighth best time – 1 minute and 25.021 seconds.

Having set himself a target of getting in among the established frontrunners, Brandon did just that as he spent the duration of the 16-lap race entangled in a battle with championship rivals, Neil Newstead and Lawrence Davey before crossing the finish line an impressive fifth and positioning himself well for the weekend’s final race.

Following a heavy crash, and some intense racing, the safety car was deployed in the second race where Brandon crossed the line fourth to narrow the gap on the leaders.

“There wasn’t much between the top four and in the end I just missed out on a podium,” he said.

“But overall, it has been a very good weekend and I feel even more confident in the car.”

The Power Maxed MINI Challenge resumes at the home of British motorsport, Silverstone, in just over a week’s time (16-17 August).