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Zandvoort, Netherlands (4:00 PM, Sunday, 24th June) – Yes, Brits love to talk about the weather and we are keen to support the stereotype because it is today’s main worry. Although the conditions continued to be anything but ideal for auto racing, the MINI Challenge went ahead as planned, although slightly later than scheduled.


 

 












 
This is the main event here at MINI
United and the crowds have proven their loyalty by sticking it out despite the downpours. Thankfully, the storms broke long enough for a a full 30-minutes of exciting and action-packed racing. Although a few cars were damaged in the spirit of the event, the commentators praised the drivers for their gentlemanly conduct on the track.



Watch the pack thunder past the grandstand on You Tube:

 

 

 

 

 
Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen proved his consistency as a competitor. After winning yesterday’s practise and first race, he handily managed to do it again today. For reward he won the trophy an more importantly, as he powered his red MINI to victory, was greeted by colossal cheers by the excited crowd.




MINI CHALLENGE -- TOP 20 FINISHERS


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NAME (COUNTRY)

 

LAPS

 

 

TotalTIme
 

 

Best time

TOP speed (mph)
1 Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) 15 30:52.839 2:01.713 127.391
2 Alexander Burgstaller (GDR) 15 30:53.245 2:02.379 126.698
3 Maximilian Werndl (GDR) 15 30:56.447 2:02.356 126.722
4 Johannes Stuck (GDR) 15 30:58.206 2:02.126 126.961
5 Hari Proczyk (Austria) 15 31:01.511 2:02.420 126.656
6 Ben Spouse (UK) 15 31:02.262 2:02.527 126.545
7 Carlo Bermes (GDR) 15 31:05.487 2:02.786 126.278
8 Stefan Neuberger (GDR) 15 31:11.478 2:03.237 125.816
9 Michael Seifert (GDR) 15 31:17.304 2:02.997 126.062
10 Remo Friberg (Switzerland) 15 31:18.217 2:03.080 125.977
11 Roland Hertner (GDR) 15 31:25.389 2:03.590 125.457
12 Oliver Götz (GDR) 15 31:25.972 2:03.809 125.235
13 Katharina König (GDR) 15 31:26.090 2:02.861 126.201
14 Joakim Mangs (Sweden) 15 31:26.189 2:02.586 126.484
15 Thomas Neumann (GDR) 15 31:26.581 2:03.770 125.274
16 Jürgen Schmarl (Austria) 15 31:27.133 2:03.108 125.948
17 Alexander Janssen (GDR) 15 31:41.265 2:04.939 124.102
18 Stephan Jilka 15 31:48.534 2:04.613 124.427
19 Thomas Fürst 15 31:51.080 2:05.139 123.904
20 Peter Nikolaus Enders 15 31:51.102 2:05.262 123.782


With the storm clouds brewing and the MINI Challenge over, some people decided to venture back to their own MINIs and start the journey home. However, many fans hung around for the official awards ceremony, held in the main tent, so the competitors received warm rounds of cheers and applause. With the ceremonies finished, Circuit Park here at Zandvoort is now emptying quickly.

  
This didn’t mean that the MC2’s pavilion has been deserted. Not only did we meet many new faces, but we had many repeated visits, especially from our American friends, but it was our red-shirted Russian friends, who returned to be photographed with MC2, that reminded us that the love for MINI really is global.

We also were honoured with a visit from a very special Mini, a classic model “Grand Prix” special edition that is one of only thirty-five built. In addition, we photographed many exiting cars, so look out for these in the next edition (issue #10) of MC2 magazine.

  

So, it is now 4:00 (PM) and time for the MC2 team to pack up the pavilion. Neil, MINI and I have a long journey back to the UK.  But we aren’t heading back tonight. We have had such an exciting time at MINI United but we are staying over in Amsterdam for one more night – just long enough to recover for our journey home to England's West Midlands.

But, fear not faithful readers! This is not your last update. As we drive through Holland, Belgium and into the UK on Monday (25 June), we will reflect on our experiences of MINI United and the great friends we have made.




















Ciao!


Submitted by:
Rob Marshall and Neil Jefferies
Your MC2 team at Zandvoort




 

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