If there was ever a circuit layout that lent itself to close racing full of action and overtaking, the Silverstone National circuit certainly fits the bill nicely. A favourite for drivers to visit and race on regularly, the BRSCC makes its annual trip to the Home of British Motorsport for two days of fantastic club racing.
There’s an armada of small Japanese sports cars on the way to Northamptonshire with the Mazda MX-5 Championship, MX-5 Clubman Championship and Mazda MX-5 SuperCup all in the bill for their second outings of 2021. With the latter of the three reserved for the Mk3 generation MX-5 while the other two accommodate the original Mk1 model, it’s safe to say there won’t be a shortage of exciting door to door action all weekend. The shorter National layout’s long straights mean overtaking opportunities won’t be in short supply and in recent years the racing has been superb. We expect all three championships to give us more of the same to entertain us.
Endurance racing fans will have a choice between two series to enjoy – the first is the FunCup Endurance Championship, where teams of drivers compete in identical silhouette race cars over races of at least three hours in length. Driver changes and mandatory pit stops also add extra exciting strategic elements into the mix and even though the races may be long, there’s never any let-up in the on-track action with some encounters seeing the win decided by just tenths of seconds. The championship usually attracts high-calibre drivers, so if you’re competing then who knows who you may come across on track! On the other side of the long-distance scale, the super Clubsport Trophy provides a place for clubman level race cars to compete against one another in an epic 45-mini mini-endurance pit-stop race. Entrants can run solo or with a second driver and the cars are balanced by “true” power to weight ratio which includes the driver in full race kit, to ensure each car is placed in the right category when out on track together. Previous races have been big fun to watch, so make sure you catch this one too!
One category that never fails to put a smile on any racing fan’s face is Formula Ford, and the Avon Tyres National Formula Ford Championship will certainly be eager to make the most of their visit to Silverstone. Just like the Mazda MX-5s, these single-seaters love to race in packs and the National circuit will suit them down to the ground. In previous years, Silverstone has always produced a cracking Formula Ford race or two and the drivers will certainly be happy to return this year, although they did compete in 2020 at the circuit albeit on the International layout on that occasion. With another bunch of young and talented racing stars ready to do battle, here’s another series you’ll want to find a good viewing spot for.
The UK is very much a country that loves its sportscar racing and in particular sports prototypes. and we’re delighted that it’s returning to the club in 2021! The ZEO Proto Series, run in conjunction with Duncan and Grace Williams of Excool and ZEO, is the place to race for any and all sports prototype race cars, be their open or closed top, forced induction or naturally aspirated. Anything from a Radical to a full-blown LMP3 racer is welcome provided it meets the requirements and we’re very much looking forward to the variety of machinery we’re sure to see appear on the grid on this weekend. One this is for sure – it’s going to be fast!