Cadwell is a firm favourite with many of the drivers in the MX-5 paddock - Photo: James Roberts

The BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship is now two meetings old and after exciting opening contests at Brands Hatch and Pembrey, it’s now time to head north for the next rounds at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, a circuit that’s a firm favourite with many of the drivers.

After race wins for four different drivers across the six races in Group A so far, MX-5 veteran Ben Short leads the way in the points having racked up the most consistent run of strong results. At this stage, Short hasn’t finished lower than 4th place all season and therefore takes a lead of over 40 points to Lincolnshire this weekend. Brian Trott picked up a race win at Brands Hatch and returns this weekend after missing Pembrey due to his part season commitments. The other winners came in South Wales as both John Langridge and Will Blackwell-Chambers claimed the top step all weekend, although both have suffered a retirement each and thus sit lower down in the top 10 points standings that they would have liked.

Those in front of them at this stage have been just as consistent as Short, although their results haven’t allowed them to score quite as many points. Joe Wiggin has already claimed two podiums at his opening weekend at Brands Hatch, however seemed to be lacking something at Pembrey to keep with the ultimate pace setters. The same could be said for the likes of Oliver Allwood, Adam Bessell and Jason Greatrex, although the latter of the three did collect 3rd place in Pembrey’s opening Group A encounter. Other drivers to watch for at the front include Martin Tolley, Steve Foden, Adam Craig, Matt Luff, Jack Brewer and Tom Smith.

Also, there’s a surprise name on the entry list this weekend and one that will be very familiar to fans of the championship over the past few seasons. Samuel Smith was devastated to just miss out on the title last year courtesy of beaching his MX-5 in the Coppice gravel trap at Donington Park after hitting fluid left on the track. Smith has decided to re-emerge this weekend to take on the usual front runners as well as many new names including his equally talented brother Tom. Not only will this be a fascinating sibling rivalry, but it will also give us a chance to assess whether or not Samuel’s appearance his is just a fleeting visit or whether he’s locking himself in for the rest of the year.

Scott Woodwiss

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