MX-5s ALL SET FOR SECOND MEETING AT SNETTERTON

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What can Allwood (front), Trott (behind) and co do to halt the MCR pair of Blackwell-Chambers and Smith? - Photo: Jon Elsey

After the opening round at Brands Hatch provided plenty of excellent action for the Kent spectators to take in the, the 2018 BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship circus now packs up and heads in a North Eastern direction to Norfolk and the Snetterton 300 circuit. Scene of the opening rounds back in 2016, Snetterton has usually seen favourable weather conditions whenever the Mk1s visit, but given the recent adverse weather that has befallen the country recently, that could be about to change.

It felt very much like déjà vu at Brands Hatch when reigning champion Will Blackwell-Chambers proceeded to start all 3 races from the front row of the grid and finished them by reaching the chequered flag first. Sound familiar? It should be, because that’s precisely what happened at this point last year. WB-C visited Snetterton last season on the hunt to regain his winning ways, so perhaps fortunes might be different this time thanks to the momentum he carries into this weekend.

His Mike Comber Racing teammate Samuel Smith definitely could have won any, if not all, of the three Brands Hatch races were it not for Blackwell-Chambers spoiling his party. Nevertheless, a very strong start to his second BRSCC season means he looks ready to take the fight to Will and their rivals. Those rivals include the AB Motorsport pair of Oliver Allwood and Brian Trott, who both graced the rostrum at least once over the opening weekend. Allwood ensure both MCR cars could never relax, while Trott did phenomenally well in his brand new car after ending the season with a rather crumpled Mk1 at the Donington finale last year. Could Snetterton’s long straights possibly help them both here?

2017 Masters champion Martin Tolley was the runaway benchmark amongst the entire entry of drivers aged 45 and over as he also ranked best of the rest in the field with a trio of 5th place finishes – which is also exactly where he sits in the overall standings too as a result. His aim will definitely me to achieve more of the same as well as get closer and closer to that overall podium and eventually that first Group A win he’s longed for. Behind him in the points, John Langridge impressed many with his improved pace while Mike Comber’s results helped steer his own Mk1 into 7th in the standings after the opening weekend. Stuart Symonds will be keen to make up ground sitting P8 in points, while Teddy Clark did a superb job to clinch two top 10s and an 11th place finish to rank 9th overall. Charlie Burge props up the bottom of the top 10, but will be reluctant to stay there after his best finish was P6 last time out.

Just outside the top 10 in points are drivers wishing to make further gains over this weekend. Jason Greatrex is another regular name who appears amongst the top 10 on occasion, while Steve Foden’s new car served him well at Brands Hatch and will hopefully do the same again here. Newcomer Sebastian Fisher is someone we think hasn’t shown his true pace yet and may well use this weekend to showcase it, with Adam Craig also getting better and better as he will be to move up from 15th in the points.

In addition, Snetterton also sees the first appearance of 2018 for Dale Whiteman, Sam Gendy, David Martin, Adam Bessell, Jack Warry, Martyn Canning, Luke Souch and Oliver Graham, so we’re delighted to see them all for the first time this season, be they familiar names or first time attendees.

What effect will the long straights have on slipstreaming and overtaking? Will the long corners suit some drivers and cars better than others? And can anyone put a stop to Will Blackwell-Chambers’ charge for a second title before it’s too late?

Scott Woodwiss

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Snetterton 300 - 29th - 30th Jun 2019

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Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Will Blackwell-Chambers 1082 898
2 John Langridge 1000 876
3 Ben Short 1048 870