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The Mini of Charleston moniker stands out on the front of this racing Mini in a recent event (Photo by Mark Weber).

•Charleston’s Mini racing connection•

The racing Davis’ — father Brad and son Robbie — took home championships last month, although the younger driver has some unfinished business in October.

Brad and Robbie Davis each received trophies in August steering Mini race cars to top places in their respective classes.

They became Eastern Conference Sports Car Club of America Majors champions for 2013. Father and son also clinched top spots in the Southeast Division SCCA Championships, with Brad Davis repeating for the first time since 2006 and Robbie Davis for the first time since 2008. They were both top points earners in the country for the SCCA National Race series in their respective classes, Brad Davis for H Production and Robbie Davis for B Spec.

According to Brad Davis — executive general manager of Hendrick Imports in Charleston — “business commitments” will keep them from competing in the SCCA National Championship runoffs this month.

Robbie Davis, though, also competes in the Pro Racing series for the Mini team. In August, he took part in the Pirelli World Challenge race at Mid-Ohio race course in a support race to the Izod Indy Car Series race there.

Before thousands of spectators, the TCB division race saw the top seven cars racing “nose to tail,” Brad Davis said.

Robbie Davis in the MINI USA Mini Cooper placed seventh, which meant he had to start in that position for the second race. He moved to fifth by the first turn when a driver spun, bumping into several cars.

Robbie Davis “weaved through the spinning cars and found himself in the lead before the full course caution was displayed,” his dad said. After the race went back to green, Davis held off fellow Mini driver Tyler Palmer of San Diego.

Heading next to Sonoma Raceway in Napa Valley, Calif., the younger Davis stood just two points out of the championship lead.

Robbie Davis started on the pole, picking up seven bonus points to take the points lead.

In the first race, Davis ran first throughout until rival Ernie Francis Jr. — second in points — caught him on the next to last turn on the last lap and achieved a disputed victory.

Davis’ Mini of Charleston team replaced damaged tires on the right side, but Francis Jr. won the second race with Davis rallying to finish fourth. Francis Jr.’s car “was found in violation of the rules and was penalized points and fined,” Brad Davis said.

After fines and points deductions, Robbie Davis stands one point behind Francis in the championship, 1,242 to 1,241. The final race weekend is at the Streets of Houston course Oct. 4-5, with the two Pro Racing series events serving as support races to the Izod Indy Car series.

For more information, contact Brad Davis at 843-402-6551 or