Another packed field heads west to North Wales this weekend - Photo: Jon Elsey

With the first two rounds of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship just about out of the way, the triple header at Anglesey Circuit awaits over 40 drivers as they contest 7 races around the International layout. Yes, we did say 7 races, not 6 and there is a reason for that…

Due to an incident in the race beforehand, the final race of the weekend for the Championship (Race 2B) was eventually postponed due to the recovery of an on-track incident taking longer than anticipated. As such, that race will be run as the first of the entire weekend here and will close off the Snetterton weekend once and for all.

On to this weekend’s 6 designated races, which now take on a new meaning thanks to a deal struck days after the opening rounds. Thanks to a tie-up with Mazda Europe, the leader of the championship after this weekend will be one of 20 drivers from across Europe and the official online iRacing series to head to Barcelona for the final of the European MX-5 Cup. They will battle it out in a series of assessments, with the eventual winner of the final going on to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to race the brand new Mk4 MX-5 Global Cup Car, in the Global MX-5 Cup final in September. This is indeed a very prestigious and generous prize, so expect the racing to be even harder and more competitive here!

One driver who is certain to be right in contention, based on his form at Snetterton, is returning former champion Tom Roche. Winning both of the Group A races in dominant fashion, Roche is almost a shoe in to make the plane to Spain later this year. However, that won’t stop everyone else from trying to displace him from the top of the points table. Simon Baldwin knows all about that and kicked off his season with a pair of strong podium finishes, as did a much improved Oliver Allwood who turned out to be the surprise package with 2nd and 3rd in both races respectively. This will have been thanks to the efforts of AB Motorsport, who have helped Allwood improve his pace considerably compared to last season. He will want further progression here at Anglesey.

There’s also set to be competition from several other drivers who scored well at Snetterton and are hoping to reach higher echelons going forwards. James Harris finished strongly with two top 10s including a 4th place in the first Group A race, while those around him included Paul Tucker, Clive Powles, Richard Breland and Michael Fisk. With the majority of last year’s frontrunners having moved on, it’s these names which you’ll likely see taking their places. This what makes the Mk1 Championship so brilliant to be a part of – it always allows new stars to shine each season!

Speaking of which, newcomer Jack Warry kicked off his racing career in the best possible way by charging to victory in the first Group B race and the very first he’d ever competed in! Ivan Leary would have been a contender at the front of that race had an incident moments after the start not ended his weekend prematurely. Go4It Racing’s newest recruit Andrew Adams also had a baptism of fire in his first circuit racing event, however the season is still young and plenty more opportunities will arise for him to up his pace.

The field of drivers out in force this weekend consists of:

5 Richard Collins
8 Michael Fisk
12 Paul Hughes
14 Jake Bailey
16 Matt Pickford
17 Russ Lindsay
18 Clive Powles
19 Oliver Robinson
22 Chris Hart
23 Martin Tolley
25 Ivan Leary
29 Adam Craig
30 Paul Austin
32 Andrew Adams
34 Matthew Tasker
35 Matthew Simmonite
37 James Harris
40 Ben Hancy
41 Kevin Brent
42 Paul Bateman
44 Paul Bishop
47 Darren Stapleton
48 Simon Baldwin
56 Bryn Griffiths
61 Lewis Field
62 William Stephenson
63 Oliver Allwood
65 Joseph Nehorai
66 Nick Riley
67 Simon Orange
68 Paul Tucker
72 Joshua Jackson
75 Bruce Carter
80 Anthony Hutchins
81 Richard Breland
88 Brian Trott
93 Jack Brewer
99 Patrick Collins
101 Simon Woods
107 Sam Bailey
111 Danny Green
117 Michael Close
125 Tom Roche
132 Jack Warry
291 Martyn Canning

So, set amongst the backdrop of rolling Welsh countryside and the Irish Sea, the Mazda MX-5s are here to entertain – especially as a trip to Barcelona and possibly even the USA is on the cards for one lucky driver!

All the details of this weekend's meeting can be found via the BRSCC website HERE.

Scott Woodwiss

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