MX5s READY TO SEE THE SEA AT ANGLESEY

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Will the weather conditions be similar to those of Silverstone? - Photo: Jon Elsey

In another quick turnaround between race meetings, the Mazda MX-5 Championship competitors won’t have had time to rest on their laurels as after braving the wet weather of Silverstone, they’ll be hoping for sunnier surroundings on the coast of North Wales, as Angelsey plays host to the third to last triple-header of 2018.

Back at Silverstone, the top spot honours were once again shared between the Mike Comber Racing drivers, with Samuel Smith picking up two wins while defending champion and points leader Will Blackwell-Chambers mastered the worst of the adverse conditions on Sunday morning to take the other. Both drivers remain sitting pretty at the top of the standings, with WB-C leading Smith by 24 points as the pair of them and team boss Mike Comber have been able to share the bulk of the victories across the season so far. Blackwell-Chambers has five to his name in 2018, compared to Smith’s tally of four and Comber has picked up two for himself at Cadwell Park. From 15 races, 11 of them have gone the way of MCR, showing them to be the class of the field ultimately. However, that hasn’t stopped others from getting one over on occasion.

Oliver Allwood ensured AB Motorsport would be in the hunt from the off as he picked up a hat-trick at the second meeting at Snetterton, while his teammate John Langridge not only scored his first ever pole position at Silverstone last time out but has also taken a race win so far this year at Cadwell Park. While the pair of them have tasted the top step, there’s one driver who is almost certainly a race winner in waiting – Brian Trott. At times he’s been in a position to win, while others have been him chasing the tails of WB-C and co, but every time it’s been evident that he is now an established front-runner. He came close in all three races at Silverstone, so for him, it’s undoubtedly a question of when, rather than if, that first win will occur. Perhaps his time will come this weekend? Plus, as a last minute addition, team boss Ali Bray had decided to bolster his squad’s attack by entering himself in the same car Hector Hurst drove at Silverstone. He’ll be one to watch too!

All six of the above drivers occupy the first six places in the standings between them, while 7th place currently resides with Charlie Burge who made himself something of a hero in the second race at Silverstone. With just a couple of laps to go, the pins on his bonnet failed and thus saw it fly up into his windscreen. Incredibly, the gap still visible for Burge to peer through was big enough to allow him to carry on driving and he still finished 4th – this saw him receive a rousing reception from the spectators down in the BRDC grandstand at Brooklands corner for his heroics!

The rest of the top 10 is made up of Martin Tolley, Stephen Foden and Jason Greatrex, while just behind them is Sebastian Fisher in 11th. In his first Mazda MX-5 season on BRSCC shores, Fisher started the season tentatively, but once he was up to speed on the Hankook tyres, he’s gained more and more pace with each passing meeting. To be on the verge of the top 10 is a remarkable achievement and he’ll be hoping to take more points this weekend.

As you’d expect, a lot of the usual suspects are back for more if you’re a regular follower of the championship, plus there are one or two notable additions to the grid this weekend. Scott Leach enjoyed his return to the championship at Silverstone so much (even winning a Group B race in the process) that he’s back this weekend for another go. Oulton Park debutants Andrew and Neil MacGregor bring their young sibling Dugald along for the ride this time as he is due to share a car with one of them. Also making his debut here at Anglesey is Steven Bartlett, who will be keen to get his first experience of Mazda MX-5 racing underway.

The top of the points table remains close as we power through the second half of the season and while Mike Comber Racing’s drivers appear to hold almost all of the cards at this stage, AB Motorsport’s squad are at least making sure that if they are on course to become champions again, they’re not being allowed to have it easy. Let’s see what Anglesey will bring as the next chapter in the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Championship season is about to be written.

Scott Woodwiss

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Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Will Blackwell-Chambers 1450 1186
2 Samuel Smith 1220 1162
3 Brian Trott 1428 1150