ALLWOOD JOINS THE SPANISH INQUISITION

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Allwood had a mega weekend - his first win and a confirmed trip to Spain! - Photo: Jon Elsey

In a weekend which saw both rainy and sunny conditions, the coast side circuit of Anglesey in North Wales saw 7 races that would ultimately decide the championship leader, therefore finding out who would be the driver that would head to Barcelona for the European MX-5 Cup Final. Surprisingly, despite the race results, it wasn’t a forgone conclusion…

The day started with the sole remaining race from Snetterton which was forced to be postponed due to an incident in the race beforehand causing the meeting to run out of time. With the grid set exactly as it should have been, Richard Collins was the one to score the victory from Lewis Field and Martyn Canning. With Anthony Hutchins and William Stephenson completing the top 5, this effectively signed sealed and delivered the Snetterton weekend once and for all.

The first Group A race scheduled for Anglesey went the way many people thought it would – Tom Roche hitting the front from pole, however we was pressed all the way by Oliver Allwood, continuing his incredible start to 2016. After managing to get into the lead for one lap, Roche eventually squeezed past again and completed his 3rd win of the season. James Harris took a deserved 3rd albeit some 13 second back with Clive Powles and Michael Fisk claiming top 5 finishes.

Kevin Brent made the most of his second row start to take a rather comfortable victory in the Race 1 for Group B, claiming the lead on lap 2 and never being headed. He was followed home by Bruce Carter and Adam Craig on the podium with Chris Hart and rookie Andrew Adams scoring 4th and 5th respectively.

Moving into the second races for both groups, it appeared to be more of the same between Roche and Allwood in Group A. The Blendini driver led the entire way right until the very last corner of the race, when Allwood somehow manoeuvred his way through to reach the line first. The stewards, however, didn’t seem to agree with the way Allwood made it through and he was subsequently handed a 1 second penalty, handing the win back to Roche. Paul Bishop scored a strong 4th ahead of another top 5 for the ever improving James Harris.

In Group B, it was Richard Breland who would hit the top step of the podium from William Stephenson and Jake Bailey amidst a race of attrition. After a red flag on the first start, incidents throughout the second attempt saw 5 DNFs and even two exclusions for unsafe driving. Completing the top 5 were a delighted Russ Lindsay and Patrick Collins.

For the 3rd and final races, it appeared that Roche had his spot in the European MX-5 Cup final all sealed and ready to go. However, fate is a cruel mistress at times and as such, she felt the outcome should be a little different. While Roche led the early laps, a mechanical issue forced him to retire which sadly left his dreams of making it to Spain harshly unfulfilled. While it was commiserations for one, it was jubilation for the other as Oliver Allwood kept it on the straight and narrow to complete an incredible first win and in the process securing his place in Barcelona. He was joined on the podium by Clive Powles and James Harris, the latter scoring his second podium of the weekend and beating Simon Baldwin and Richard Breland to it.

Finally, the last Group B race was taken by Joshua Jackson in fairly assertive style as he took the flag by almost 10 seconds from Bryn Griffiths and Paul Tucker, with Adam Craig and Matthew Tasker completing the top 5.

For a full breakdown of the results via TSL Timing, you can find them here – ANGLESEY RESULTS.

Also, a longer, more detailed report from Anglesey will be available in due course, so stay tuned. Until then, it’s onwards and upwards to Rounds 6 & 7 where the MX-5s head in what will be classed by many of our drivers as unknown territory. It’s time to pack the suitcase and the trailer and grab your passport, as we’re taking the championship for a little European summer holiday at Zolder in Belgium!

Scott Woodwiss

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Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Will Blackwell-Chambers 2218 2044
2 Oliver Allwood 2130 2000
3 Joshua Jackson 2168 1976