COUNTDOWN TO CADWELL!


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The Mazda MX5 Championship has six races scheduled at Cadwell Park this weekend. Photo: www.tonytodd.co.uk

The BRSCC Northern Centre swings into action this weekend at Cadwell Park, their ‘spiritual’ home, with a two-day meeting consisting of twenty races. Mazdas feature heavily in the schedule, with almost half the races featuring either the Mk1 or Mk3 variants of the MX5.

There are thirty-six Mk1 starters in the BRSCC Mazda MX5 Championship and they will be split into two groups based on their qualifying time, giving spectators six action packed races over the two days. Last time out at Croft, Mazda guru Tom Roche maintained his dominance of the marque with a hat-trick of victories. Although the Cardiff racer is clearly the class of the field, there are plenty of talented drivers throughout the grid with many involved in their own private duels.

Alex Preston and Ed Gay certainly come into that category with the pair of them closely matched in all three Croft races. However, it was Preston who emerged with the greater points haul with two seconds and a third, so Gay will be looking to redress the balance at the Lincolnshire circuit.

Although entry numbers are fewer in the Mazda MX5 SuperCup, if anything, the racing is even more keenly contested. Race wins so far have been shared out amongst Matt Davies, Andrew Clarkson and Paul Sheard. Davies has a narrow lead at the top of the point’s table but the championship is very much wide open and all three protagonists are in action this weekend.

It would seem that drivers in the Alfashop backed Alfa Romeo Championship are fond of Cadwell as they are just two short of a full grid. They did have the full complement, prior to two late withdrawals due to engine trouble. Neil Smith was the race winner last time out at Oulton but he is sitting this double-header out, which creates a great opportunity for the likes of Guy Hale and Barry McMahon to come to the fore. Some of the Alfa drivers will also be racing as guests in Sunday’s Pre’91 Alfa Romeo Trophy, which features a variety of Alfasuds and Alfettas.

James ‘JJ’ Ross has been the early pace-setter in the Vortex Motorsport News Ford Fiesta Championship, winning five of the first six rounds. However, the recent signs are that the likes of Rory Collingbourne, Robert Cox and Alfonso Skriczka are starting to find their feet, so the Watford teenager may not have it all his own way for the remaining ten rounds.

With the majority of their championship rounds at Oulton Park or Anglesey, the Advantage Motorsport Ford XR Challenge are on their annual ‘away-day’ this weekend. Michael Heath is one of the drivers to watch and he should be full of confidence having secured his first ever win at last time out at Anglesey.

The Northern Saloon & Sports Car Championship makes a welcome return to Cadwell Park this weekend, and they have enough entries to field two grids, which goes to show how Cadwell is a very popular choice with the drivers. The champion of 2012, Bill Addison, is heading this year’s point’s table, but he really doesn’t dare take his eye off the chequered flag, with Andrew Morrison ready to take any opportunity offered to remove Bill from the top spot.

The timetable, entrylist and Final Instructions can be found at http://www.brscc.co.uk/CADWELL-PARK—BRSCC-RACE-WEEKEND-31-03-31