MX-5 SUPERCUP CONFIRMS REUNIFICATION WITH MX-5 SUPER SERIES AND NEW CLASS STRUCTURE
The BRSCC Mazda MX-5 SuperCup is set to see grid numbers climb back to regular figures in 2020 after it was confirmed at the Autosport International Racing Car Show at the NEC this week that the championship will reunite with the MX-5 Super Series and see all Mk3 MX-5 competitors racing together on the same grid with a brand new class system.
For the last two years, the MX-5 SuperCup had raced separately from the Super Series as a support championship to TCR UK in 2018 and at selected events in 2019, while Super Series competitors raced on the same calendar as their Mk1 counterparts in the Mazda MX-5 Championship. However, after consultation with drivers and teams about their preferences for 2020 earlier in the season last year, both the SuperCup and Super Series will merge its grids together into one single contest and will also introduce a two-class format within the championship.
This class structure will see “Pro” and “Club” classes debuting this season, with the Pro class set to feature the fastest drivers in the field and will mainly cater to those who have competed in the SuperCup over the last few seasons and have proven themselves quick enough to be a front running driver. The Club class effectively takes over from the Super Series and becomes a points-scoring class within the SuperCup, catering to those drivers who wish to compete without the worry of keeping pace with the fastest drivers in the Pro class. Both classes will score points towards their own respective championship tables and the top three of each class will also be honoured at the annual end of season BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Night of Champions.
BRSCC Mazda MX-5 SuperCup championship coordinator Mandy Andrew spoke positively of the changes, stating “We wanted to make sure that ultimately we listened to what our drivers wanted and the majority voted to bring all of our Mk3 MX-5s back together into one championship. The new class system will help cater to our wide variety of drivers that feature across the paddock and I’m very excited to see them get back to racing once again in a few weeks’ time”.
The MX-5 SuperCup will once again feature an eight race meeting calendar this season, starting at the Silverstone International circuit on March 21/22 2020. For more information on the championship and potentially competing in it yourself, head to the dedicated website at mx5supercup.co.uk, or visit the BRSCC website at www.brscc.co.uk.