STRONG ENTRY LIST FOR SILVERSTONE
The BRSCC Midland Centre gets their busy season underway this weekend with a two day meeting on the Grand Prix Circuit at Silverstone. In truth the weekend is made up of two separate meetings – Britcar on Saturday and then BRSCC championship races on Sunday.
The Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship tops the bill on Saturday with a three hour race, the first two of which they will be joined on track by the Britcar Dunlop Production GTN Championship.
The BRSCC Alfashop Alfa Romeo Championship has its first round of the season on Saturday with twenty plus Alfas sharing the grid with the Dunlop Production Touring Car Trophy in a twenty five minute race. The Intersteps, Mini Miglia and Mini Se5en championships complete the six race schedule on Saturday.
Sunday is a tale of two marques as all ten races will either feature Caterham Roadsports or Ma5da MX5’s – both bringing some huge grids to the party.
The Ma5da MX5 Championship for Mk1s carries on where it left off last season with eighty seven cars set to line-up for qualifying on Sunday morning, split into four groups. Many of the seasoned campaigners like 2009 champion Tom Roche and Paul Sheard are back for more but there are also plenty of new drivers making their championship debuts.
The success of the Mk1s spawned a series of races for MX5 Mk3s last season and that now also has full championship status as the Ma5da MX5 Cup, with the first two rounds at Silverstone on Sunday. Twenty four Mk3 are entered including that of Rob Boston who won the Mk1 championship last year. The Mk3s will be joined on the grid by over thirty Mk1s who will race as a non-points scoring invitation class.
The Caterham motorsport ladder has provided a regular influx of new drivers into the sport with the Academy turning out over fifty graduates every season. Many of these will be making their debuts in the next rung up – Caterham Roadsport B – on Sunday including Wes Fox and Kurt Brady who were the respective champions last season of Academy Groups 1 & 2.
Supersport is Caterham’s most popular series and it is the ultimate evolution of the Academy car, with many drivers now benefiting from the convenience of professional team support. Most are Caterham racers with several years of experience, making this a fiercely fought championship.
With the top five drivers from last year having moved on, the way is clear for the contenders sweeping in from Roadsport B to continue the battle that raged right to the last lap of 2010. Although Jeremy Webb took that title in an epic final round, it’s perennial runner-up Lee Wiggins that’s hot favourite for the title. Wiggins has had champion’s speed, but losers luck.
The Supersports are joined on the grid (running separately behind them) by the Roadsport-A cars in their final championship year, with occasional race winner and Caterham stalwart Anthony Sidney-Woollett looking to be the favourite. However, Ian Payne, Flick Haigh and SPY Motorsport team boss Peter Young amongst others bring plenty of podium experience to the field and despite the small grid ‘Sid’ will have to work hard to be a winner.