ANGLESEY JULY 10/11 PREVIEW – BRSCC MAZDA MX-5 CLUBMAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The new BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Clubman Championship has had an exciting start to life over its first two weekends of racing at Croft and Silverstone, providing an excellent third element to the club’s already vast paddock full of Mk1 and Mk3 models. The third weekend of racing now takes the drivers to the picturesque surroundings of Anglesey in North Wales where the contenders will line up once again in the battle for the title.
Top of the pile is still Harry Storer, after he was able to build on his double win in the first ever Clubman races at Croft with another at Silverstone, as he finished top of the points-scoring drivers in a field of 30+ cars topped by Invitation runners. Now after just four races his lead is up to 23 points and he looks to be firmly in command as the championship heads north west to Wales. Rob Greensmith wasn’t quite on the same pace last time as he was at Croft but managed to score enough to stay within reach of Storer at this early stage and he’ll want to try to cut into Harry’s lead where possible.
Small sportscar expert Peter Higton is enjoy a first full season in Mazdas after previous experience racing MGs and more recently Toyota MR2s and has adapted to life in the Clubman Championship well, already securing three top five finishes to place 3rd in points with the aim to secure more strong scores to maintain his place. Another one making quiet but solid moves while keeping out of trouble is Dan Blake, the Paddock Motorsport driver managing to claim a first top 5 at Silverstone after starting tentatively. If he can capitalise on any mistakes from those above him should they slip up, he could find himself in a pretty handy position later on down the line in the season.
The experienced Richard Bartlett will be enjoying double duty this year and is making the most of the extra track time currently sat in 5th, ahead of the other Steel City MX-5 racer Kevin Bird who ran strong at Croft but found himself deep in the field and scoring less than desired at Silverstone. Andrew Dean, Tim Storer, Dale Whiteman and Owen Woodwards (the latter two not present this weekend) make up the rest of the current top 10 in points after four, all of which are finding themselves hovering around the same area in terms of race results.
Other championship points scorers that are back in action here include Neil Chisnall and Brad Jones, with regular Mazda racers George Grant and Alan Hawkins also ready to race and invitation drivers Adrian Johnson and Thomas Mallett electing to join in the fun too. This should be another pair of fun races as the Clubman Championship touches down in Wales for the very first time!