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The BRSCC Mazda MX5 Championship will bring some thrills and spills to Ty Croes. Photo: www.ajbphotographic.co.uk


The BRSCC North Western Centre returns to Anglesey this weekend for the second of four visits this season to the spectacular Ty Croes circuit. Eighteen races are scheduled on the Coastal circuit over the two days, featuring four ‘BRSCC’ championships and two ‘guest’ series from across the Irish Sea.

Topping the bill is the BRSCC Mazda MX5 Championship that enters the second stage of the season with a triple header. Prior to the Cadwell Park trio of races on 22/23rd June it looked like the battle for the title would be a processional affair with Cardiff’s Tom Roche on a serene path to yet another Mazda crown. However, five races further on the destination of the title looks a lot less clear. Although Roche still heads the points table, James Blake-Baldwin has closed the points gap to just 12, when the dropped scores are taken into account. Blake-Baldwin has won four of those five races to really put the pressure on Roche. His last two victories were at Snetterton two weeks ago, where he beat Tom into second in each race.

The 1.550 miles Coastal circuit will certainly offer a scenic backdrop for the powerful runners in the Dunlop TVR Challenge, which visits Anglesey for the first time since 2009. The appearance of the A+ cars this season has made a great impact on the Challenge and the potential of their huge power on this technical circuit is a great prospect. The last rounds at Oulton Park produced two wins for the A+ Sagaris of Tim Hood giving him a 100% four from four ratio.

After their annual away day, this season at Cadwell Park, the North West based Ford XR Challenge returns to ‘home soil’ for a triple header. Mike Heath would certainly have enjoyed his journey back to Shropshire having won both races. However, Mike can expect greater competition this weekend, so he will have to work hard if he wants to extend his good form. Ralf Fernihough is also in the groove and should be a challenger. As should Tony Rudd, who scored a second place finish at Cadwell Park. Could he go one better this weekend? For the 2013 season, the Challenge has welcome backing from the Oulton Park based motorsport equipment retailer, Advantage Motorsport.

The Arrowpak Euro Saloon & Sportscar Championship always takes an eclectic mix of marques and models wherever it goes and this weekend will be no different. This season’s title looks to be heading the way of Paul Rose’s Saker Sportscar, although Chris Whitley’s Class C Seat Leon is still in contention. At Snetterton last month, Gary Prebble’s Mitsubishi Evo RS managed to get amongst the Sakers of Rose and Steve Harris, winning one of the three races. If Prebble takes the fight to the Sakers again the Anglesey fans are in for a treat!

Coming to support our Anglesey meeting again from across the water is the Reeltech Irish Global Lights Championship who were last at Ty Croes in September. Let us hope it is as exciting as last year where three different races brought three different winners in the shape of Jack Byrne, Peter Drennan and Richard Finlay.

Rounds 9 & 10 of the Irish Stryker Racing Championship will also take place at Anglesey. The track will be a new experience for many of the more recent competitors but it also offers the chance for those drivers who have been there before to relish the spectacular coastline views overlooking the Irish Sea. Championship leader and four time Stryker Champion, Alan Watkins will be pushing to seal his fifth championship this weekend. The Dun Laoghaire Motor Works sponsored driver is said to be relishing the return to Anglesey, as indeed we all are!

You can find the timetable, Final Instructions and entry lists for the meeting at http://www.brscc.co.uk/ANGLESEY—BRSCC-RACE-WEEKEND-29-12-68