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The 2018 MINI Challenge has been one of the best yet, with sensational displays of skill and exhilarating clashes that showcased MINI’s racing calibre. With the winner yet to be announced as the drivers went into the final weekend, the stage was set for an unforgettable finale at Donington. Despite early warnings of bad weather, the racers put in thunderous performances on the final stretch, putting it all on the line in a bid for championship glory. In the end though, there could only be one winner – Ant Whorton-Eales, continued a dominant run to become this year’s MINI Challenge champion.
The racing weekend got off to an unexpected start as Challenge newcomer Ben Palmer shocked the series regulars to take pole position in qualifying. With the rain pouring down on Donington, Palmer handled the tough conditions with ease to set an early benchmark.
The wet weather gave way to glorious sunshine for the first race, and it couldn’t be a more fitting setting for Ant Whorton-Eales to secure his seventh successive race win and take his place as the new MINI Challenge series champion.
With the title secured, the battle for second spot erupted. A fiercely-fought second race saw Nathan Harrison and Jordan Collard pushing themselves to the limit in a bid to be series runner-up, with Harrison making the most of a decisive gap to take the chequered flag.
After eight adrenaline-pumping rounds at six iconic tracks, the 2018 MINI Challenge drew to a close with a new champion. It’s been a thrilling season of dramatic twists, close calls and no-holds-barred racing battles – we’ll see you for more action in 2019.
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