Mini nous

Now that the Formula 1 season is both well underway and more or less over (apparently the bookies have now begun paying out on Schuey senior), the eyes of motor sports fans are turning to other sources of entertainment.

Naturally, many in the legal firmament are eagerly anticipating The Lawyer’s own turbo-charged dollop of high-octane fun, the one-day go-karting spectacular Formula Law, due later this summer.

Others are taking an even more hands-on approach to entertainment. LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae litigation partner Nik Rochez has entered the John Cooper Challenge, a one-marque race series for the iconic Mini. Thirty cars compete in each events with the field made up of both Mini Cooper S cars and Mini Clubmans, as driven by Rochez.

Both groups compete for their own championship throughout the 12 qualifying events, which are held over a nine-week period.

The first two events in this year’s John Cooper Challenge were a sprint at Lydden, Kent, and a hillclimb at Wiscombe Park in Devon. Rochez, bless him, wasn’t too happy with his performance at Lydden, where an almighty spin put him well down the field, but apparently the hillclimb went much better.

While he wasn’t the overall winner, he was nominated Driver of the Day for the enthusiastic way he tackled the event and his determination to quickly come to grips with his very first hillclimb.

The other 10 events are all circuit races and Rochez, who has secured sponsorship from design agency Metro Design Consultants, is confident his time in the car will prove beneficial.

“The first two rounds were ideal for getting used to driving the cars competitively,” he said, “but actually racing each other on the track is what it’s all about.”

That’s the attitude.