Mini marvel Hamish thrives in ‘fierce’ Cooper Cup arena

Hamish Brandon in his Mini Cooper
Hamish Brandon in his Mini Cooper

HAWICK driver Hamish Brandon is making a major impact in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup.

Dubbed one of the most competitive one-make series in Britain, Hamish is in his first full season and is currently sixth in the championship.

He said: “It’s a big learning curve, competition is fierce and most of the top Mini racers have been racing for years so they’ve a lot of experience and race craft.”

The cars are all BMW Mini Coopers, with strict regulations on engine, tyres, wheels etc, making them all equal.

Run in a similar format to the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), the racing is based at Knockhill, with two away rounds a year – at Cadwell Park and Kirkistown this year. And this weekend the championship has been asked to take part in the support races for the BTCC at Knockhill, which will be shown live on ITV4.

Hamish said: “It’s a really exciting weekend for us to be taking part in. At the moment there are 27 confirmed entries, so there will be a big grid, with a load of previous Mini race winners coming back to the championship just for this weekend, so it’s going to be even more competitive than usual.”

With three rounds remaining, motorsport enthusiast Hamish admitted he’s got a tough job on his hands to maintain his sixth spot, although he refused to rule out challenging for fifth.

He said: “I’m treating every race weekend this year as a lesson, just trying to absorb as much knowledge as possible and improve my race craft. The cars don’t have a lot of power, so you need to be really precise and smooth. If you start to overdrive them you lose momentum which costs you time.”

Hamish is sponsored by his own company, Pandamonium Racing Ltd, which was set up earlier this year.

He said: “We’ve done things a bit differently, rather than go out looking for sponsors, we’ve put the ball in our own court by setting up Pandamonium Racing.

“We are, in effect, our own sponsors, it’s down to us to make sure we build a successful business and the racing is helping to promote the brand.”