This year's entry is already shaping up to be a record year - Photo: Jon Elsey

With 2017 now in full swing and the off-season slowly fading away, the attention of the runners and riders for this year's BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship are shaping up for what it set to be one of their most competitive campaigns of racing yet.

Despite the fact that there is still just under two months until the lights go out for the first time at Brands Hatch, interest in this year's championship has soared exponentially with over 50 drivers already signed up at this relatively early stage. With the potential for that number to increase further as the days and weeks pass, there's every right for all involved to get excited.

BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship co-ordinator Mandy Andrew spoke of her delight at the momentum the Championship is currently carrying, saying "With over 50 registered drivers for 2017, the MX-5 Championship is something for me to be very proud of. We have a great number new drivers this year, plus the usual faithful competitors and a few faces making a return that we haven’t seen for a while. This goes to show that no matter when and where anyone has raced, there’s always a place for them on this grid should they ever wish to return.

Motors TV will continue to support the championship, something which has always been a great selling point when looking for sponsors. The fantastic coverage the Championship receives is always available on the dedicated BRSCC YouTube feed and we have an ever growing social media presence.

After bringing it into the frame last season, I’m expecting the Masters contest to be a very closely fought title within the main championship, especially seeing as we have almost half the drivers signed up this year eligible to win it.

The cars I have seen on social media so far look amazing and I'm looking forward to the start of the season at Brands Hatch, where I’ll be able to properly meet all the drivers and teams, both old & new!"

Whether or not reigning and multiple champion Tom Roche will be back to gun for yet another Mk1 title or focus on taking that as yet illusive SuperCup crown remains to be seen, however as mentioned there are a host of new and indeed returning faces to this year's grid that, on the whole, is set to make this year's MX-5 Championship one of the most competitive seasons to date.

So far, the likes of Simon BaldwinMichael FiskOliver Allwood, Martin Tolley and Clive Powles have all confirmed their returns, whilst capable new boys include former BRSCC Fiesta champion John Langridge, who took a Group B podium at the final rounds at Silverstone last year, and Patrick Lay who went one better and won in only his second ever MX-5 race. Add in the mix capable young guns such as Jack Warry, Jack Brewer, Joshua Jackson and more and you have the prospect of a variety of generations of driver all contesting to be #1.

Brands Hatch in Kent awaits this year's challengers with testing well underway. Only time will tell just which one will step up to claim the Championship this season.

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