Fife youngster Dean Macdonald decided to make a debut performance in Mini Max this weekend at his local track Larkhall. Dean was ensuring he was putting in track time until it is decided what route he will go next year. The team were confident that Mini Max was going to be the class this weekend that would challenge Dean mentally & physically.
In true Macdonald style practise on Friday & Saturday proved Dean was a serious contender for the weekend. He was proving to be the fastest man on the track at the time but as we all know race day can bring some surprises.
Dean started off the 1st heat in 11th place as he drove through the pack it was clear that his presence was not welcome so tactics came into play to drive him off the track. As we all know not a good move by others as this only makes Dean more determined to be at the front. Dropping back to last place was not going to be Deans finishing position. Dean pulled back to finish the heat in 3rd. Heat 2 was a little less tactical and Dean finished in 4th. Heat 3 also saw a finish in 4th place. With these results this put Dean 3rd on the grid for the final. Truly a great result for his very first race.
Dean stayed focus for the final nothing was going to faze him, forward was the only place to go. Pole sitter ‘S’ plate (Scottish champion) and Dean pulled away at the start. Dean was certainly not going to let go but unfortunately the S plate seemed to have the edge on Dean and pulled a gap away from him eventually. As the 3rd place driver and Dean then raced one another the 2nd & 3rd place changed a couple of times. Dean looked comfortable on the last lap in 2nd until the last corner only to be pushed out slightly and piped on the finish line finishing 3rd.
Dean’s debut in Mini Max maybe a 2nd place win as the winner of the race is under investigation on technical infringement.
What can we say the pint sized scot certainly gave the rest of the pack a run for their money this weekend and proved he is a very focused & determined young driver. When we asked Dean if he was happy with his result this weekend his reply was no, he wanted a win. The team are certainly very pleased with his results after all he was the youngest and smallest driver on the track and definitely showed true sportsmanship. Dean will obviously be aiming for a win at the next club meeting. Good luck to him and definitely a job well done this weekend.