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Newark's Nick Croydon Fowler defied the wet conditions at Brands Hatch




Newark racer Nick Croydon Fowler defied the wet conditions for a second place finish in the Mini Festival at Brands Hatch.

A qualifying session was held before the race because more cars had been entered than were allowed.

Minis racing during the Brands Hatch race (50615662). Credit: Matthew Barrington.
Minis racing during the Brands Hatch race (50615662). Credit: Matthew Barrington.

He said: “While in any normal scenario I wouldn’t dream being outside the top ten, having just under 40 minis on the Brands circuit meant getting a clear lap would be impossible.

“Fortunately, I had one half decent lap in the first five minutes which gave me p2 ­— a huge sigh of relieve once that was achieved.”

Croydon Fowler made a set-up change to the car ahead of race one and, after driving an incredibly defensive race, crossed the line in third.

Nick Croydonfowler racing during the Brands Hatch race (50615656) Credit: Matthew Barrington.
Nick Croydonfowler racing during the Brands Hatch race (50615656) Credit: Matthew Barrington.

With a reverse grid for the second race, he started fifth on the grid.

He had moved up to fourth before a big shunt led to the race being red flagged.

When racing resumed Croydon Fowler moved up to third and on the last lap overtook racing legend Mike Jordan before taking the leader.

Minis racing during the Brands Hatch race (50615665) Credit: Matthew Barrington.
Minis racing during the Brands Hatch race (50615665) Credit: Matthew Barrington.

However, he then missed a yellow flag and was given a penalty.

Croydon Fowler said: “My favourite part has to be the last lap on Sunday in the wet driving in those conditions.”

“Imagine tying to run on ice with flat shoes and not being able to see what’s around; it’s very dangerous, which made it more exciting.

“It was an amazing weekend.”



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