Drew Furlong (centre) flanked by Glynn Lee (left) and Ben Whibley from MSD.

Autosport International was a great success for the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship in more ways than one. As well as having a very busy stand for four days, with lots of ‘new driver’ interest, the Championship was also revealed as the winner of the inaugural Motorsport Days UK Clubman Championship of the Year Award. is a unique website that provides a comprehensive source of Track and Test Days in the UK and inaugurated the awards to recognise the industry’s outstanding organisations and individuals that have made the most telling contributions to Clubman motorsport during the last 12 months. Votes were cast by their 4.500 subscribers and the Mk1 championship came out on top in the category for the best Clubman championship.

In announcing the award, Ben Whibley from Motorsport Days said, “There are in excess of 100 championships in the UK, which means it is naturally difficult to know which one is the best to compete in. This award recognises the best championship and the organiser that has helped encourage both new and existing racers to compete on a regular basis, while ensuring an enjoyable racing season. This championship has seen growth on the grids with more than 60 drivers competing, and a regular grid in the mid-thirties. Each race consists of a 20-minute qualifying session and a 20-minute race, all broadcast on Motors TV throughout the season. During race weekends, the organiser has a dedicated Race Centre, which is the focal point of the paddock and offers all competitors and team owners a meeting point to socialise. They manage to tightly control the regulations with very few modifications, making this a great entry route into Clubman motorsport. Our voters have said: “A great Clubman level of racing” and “Cost effective and close racing”.

BRSCC Competitions Director, Drew Furlong, accompanied by the Championship’s Permanent Clerk, Glynn Lee, collected the trophy and said “On behalf of all the Mk1 drivers we would like to thank MSD and their subscribers for voting for the Championship. It is further recognition that the Mk1 championship offers a very strong package and continues to improve year on year.”


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