THE OVAL RACING EXPERIENCE 2015
NEC Birmingham
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th January 2015


National Ministox drivers who are appearing in the Live Action Arena.
Words and pictures by Colin Casserley

  The National Ministox make there first ever appearance at the 2015 Autosport Live Action Arena in the Saturday 6pm show only.

The formula for 10-15 year olds has been around since the mid 1970s when Stock Car Magazine editor Keith Barber introduced them at Long Eaton Stadium. It’s full contact racing and it provides some no holds barred entertainment. The cars are steel chassis with heavy armour to protect the driver who sits in the middle of the car. The engines are restricted to 1000cc with some modifications allowed. The steel chassis is topped off with a Mini body.
The National Ministox season is centered on the ovals in England, but visits to the Isle of Man, Scotland and the Netherlands are often on the fixture list.

Many of today’s F1 and F2 stock car drivers started out in the Ministox formula, in fact Dan Johnson (4), Mat Newson (16), Frankie (515) and Danny Wainman (212), Mick Sworder (150), Luke Davidson (464) and Josh Smith (191), who are among the F1 stars in action at the NEC this year, all started out in the National Minis.

The current crop of drivers are among some of the most talented minstox drivers and they are likely to match the achievements of there predecessors in the adult formulas in years to come. Let’s have a look at the drivers who will be in action.
 
     
  Courtney Witts (180)



Courtney won the National points championship in 2014, she is always in the hunt for race wins on both shale and tarmac and has over 20 final victories. Her cars are always immaculately prepared.
 
     
  Amy Webster (226)



Amy won the British Championship in 2014 at Birmingham, she combines intelligent driving with aggression and she is well known for using the bumper when necessary. Many of the cars in the formula were built by her father Mark Webster..
 
     
  Frankie Wainman, Jr, Jr (515)



Son of Frankie Wainman, Jr a multi champion in Brisca F1, the younger Wainman bounced back to form in 2014 by winning the National Championship. His best season to date came in 2012 when he won both the National Points and National Championship.
 
     
  Ryan Fairburn (411)



The 2013 National Champion has a solid year despite the gold top jinx that struck him on many occasions; he ended the season fourth in the points table.
 
 
 
  Catherine Harris (8)



One of the up and coming stars of the National Ministox, she attained star status in 2014, in only her second year in the formula. Look for her to be challenging for major titles in 2015.
 
 
 
  Ben Chalkley (269)



Ben won his first ever final in 2014 at Lochgelly Raceway, Scotland. He followed that up with another final a few weeks later at Buxton Raceway. The Chalkley family from Bedfordshire has been involved in racing for many years.
 
     
  Will Knight (202)



Will was one of the most improved drivers in 2014, a series of mechanical problems early in the season slowed him down but he bounced back to almost win the National championship race and ended the season with several race wins.
 
 
 
  Charlie Sworder (152)



Know as the “Wild Child”, Charlie became a favourite of the Dutch crowd for his all action style of driving when the Ministox raced at Venray, Netherlands in 2014. Charlie is another driver who will be in the hunt for major honours in 2015
 
 
 
  Charlie Guinchard (183)



Charlie had a consistent season in 2014 which saw him finish sixth in the points table. Charlie had numerous podium places and with some experience now under his belt he should be amongst the top runners in 2015.
 
     
  Camey Dorrell (262)



Camey has maintained a red roof for some time, she is always n contention to win but luck has not been on her side in the major races but she did come a creditable third in the national Championship in 2014.
 
 
 
  Matthew Venables (60)



Son of former F1 stock car driver Ian Venables, Matthew has been amongst the star drivers in the minstox for a couple of season. He has been a regular race winner in recent years winning on both shale and tarmac.
 
 
 
  Jessica Smith (391)



Jessica had a mixed season in 2014, she excelled on shale where she had a string of four straight final wins, but she suffered some hard hits and bad luck towards the end of the season,
 

 


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