Mini Challenge
Robinson back for 2018 season
Photo Credit: Mark Campbell

Robinson back for 2018 season

After an exciting debut in the MINI Challenge at Donington in 2017, David Robinson returned to the series at Oulton Park, fighting with a raft of BRDC rising stars, former series winners and a number of drivers joining from the British Touring Car Championship – like three time Champion Matt Neal – and other top line series.

For the year ahead, Robinson will be running with Excelr8 Motorsport in the No.116 car supported by Gleeson Recruitment Group, a top team with an ambition of the top step.

At Oulton Park, the first race started under the safety car due to treacherous conditions, but this gave me the opportunity to hold position and adjust as soon as possible to the unfamiliar surroundings“, Robinson said, “An accidental safety car board caused some confusion but after running off the pace at the beginning I was able to close the gap to the pack ahead, taking tenths off the lap time each time, dropping one place to 6th but putting me in the 5th fastest lap at the close. six tenths from the car (and pack) in front, with a useful cushion to those behind. The main thing here was points on the board, wet lessons learned, and good pace (with the knowledge I could go quicker again) for race two. The reverse grid of the top 8 meaning I would be starting in 3rd, quicker than both of the drivers ahead and looking to make an early break as the lights would go out. Race 2 abandoned due to standing water and to be rerun later in the year. A mixed weekend, but a solid first outing in the 116 car and a useful points haul. 5th in the series and 4th on drops. No complaints and on to Rockingham next month.

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