CADWELL PARK WELCOMES BRSCC WITH MAZDAS, FIESTAS, BMWS AND SUPERKARTS READY TO RUMBLE
Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire is seen by many as one of the best and most challenging circuits in the country and the BRSCC is ready to bring a selection of its most popular championships and series to play on the “mini-Nurburgring”. We’re starting to move into the second half of the season for many of them, with one about to conclude and crown a champion, so there’s plenty to play for across the board.
The BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship is now starting to bring dropped scores into the mix, as it is with the other two series sharing the same paddock, and this starting to tighten things back up again after Jack Brewer had initially begun to run away with the lead. He’s now less than 20 points ahead of Brian Trott with Oliver Allwood only a further point back behind his AB Motorsport teammate. Sebastian Fisher and Steve Foden are also close behind, but they’ll both need to start taking points away from the top three in order to close the gap and at this stage, it’s not an easy task. Expect close racing here all weekend at the head of the field.
The one-day, two-race sister series that is the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Clubman Championship has a slightly larger points lead on its hands as Harry Storer is still in front by more than 40 points, despite missing the last rounds at Snetterton and using them as his two dropped scores. His nearest rival right now is Dan Blake who has scored more points overall than anyone else, but will find it tough to keep the likes of Rob Greensmith and Peter Higton at bay, plus others who are sure to be on the pace from the word go like Jay Shepherd, George Grant and Alan Hawkins.
Over in the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 SuperCup, there’s tension rising between Pro class leaders Samuel Smith and Jack Harding, as there’s just nine points between them on dropped scores, but it could have been more had Samuel not received penalty points for contact with Jack in the first race at Snetterton which handed him a grid penalty. Both are now marking themselves out as the main contenders, while Patrick Fletcher needs to get back on form after slipping a little in recent races. Kevin Silvain, meanwhile, has a points lead of his own to defend in the Club class from Clive Powles and Martin Heath, but you should never count out Richard Amos either, who has the raw speed but has suffered his share of bad luck.
Dropped scores are also having their effect in the BRSCC Fiesta Championship, as Luke Pinder continues to head up his ST240 class rivals but not by much. David Nye’s pair of Snetterton wins have lifted him up to equal 2nd place with Rob Smith, while consistent scores from Simon Horrobin and Jamie Going have helped them remain in range in the top five. Ethan Rogers is still the top ST150 class driver at this stage, but Briannie Davis and Matt Chambers are doing their best to keep up.
It’s also starting to spice up a little more in the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship as Deagan Fairclough tries to continue his grip on the championship lead. Three wins from the four races that took place over the Snetterton weekend has helped him keep Jenson Brickley at arm’s length at this stage. The focus will certainly be on these two drivers at the head of the field, but watch out for Sid Smith, James Wallis and Alex Ley who will all be trying to score strong results of their own. The drivers here will go on to become racing stars of the future, so remember their names now!
Steven Dailly is still currently on course to potentially become a five-time Nankang Tyre BMW Compact Cup, provided he can keep Ben Huntley, Ian Jones and Mikey Doble at bay. The dominant Scot has won six of the eight races run so far and hasn’t finished off the podium once at all either, meaning he is in prime position on overall scores right now. Huntley and Jones are two drivers that always have the potential to have the measure of Dailly on any given day, but whether Cadwell Park will work to their advantage remains to be seen.
Another title battle that’s looking likely to get even more exciting as we move through the second half of the season is the ETSL ST-XR Challenge, where Chris Jones and Mike Blackburn are now tied on points after the previous rounds at Snetterton, while Lee Bowron is 15 points back in 3rd but always in the hunt on any given weekend. Lee’s pace has been strong and a race win is surely on the cards soon, but it’ll be tough trying to beat the top two. Jason Heneffer currently heads the XR contenders with Alex Causer not far behind, and watching the two generations of cars competing on track together makes for a magnificent sight.
This weekend will mark the final rounds of the Motorsport UK British Superkart Championship, which has already had outings at Mallory Park and Anglesey and now gets ready to conclude its main season with the final three races of the first campaign under Motorsport UK. Class leaders Ross Allen (Division One), Lee Plain (F250 National), Mark Gellatly (F450 National) and Tom Riley (Formula 125 Open) will all be looking to wrap up their respective titles here and they’re sure to do it in fine style. Superkarts around the twists and turns of Cadwell Park are sure to be a sight and sound like no other, so this is one set of races you definitely won’t want to miss!
The saloon car action is rounded off by the excellent Track Attack Race Club, with a capacity grid that carries plenty of variety in machinery from Japan, France and Germany. With a mix of Peugeot 206 GTis, Renault Clios, Honda Civics, various Volkswagens from the Classic VW Cup and BMWs within the Deutsche Marks Cup, everywhere they’ve raced with us has always produced superb racing up and down the grid. Cadwell Park will certainly be no exception, as this will certainly be an entertaining battle for supremacy between power and handling!