MX-5s KICK OFF PART TWO OF 2019 AT SNETTERTON

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What will Snetterton have in store for our Mk1 racers this weekend? - Photo: Jon Elsey

It’s almost hard to comprehend that we’re already half way through the 2019 season for the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship, but with four race weekends in the history books it’s already time to start thinking about that coveted championship title. As the second half of the season gets underway amidst what is set to be sweltering temperatures at Snetterton’s 300 circuit in Norfolk, at the moment it appears to be something of a two horse race.

The two horses (not literally, you understand!) in question are points leader and double defending champion Will Blackwell-Chambers and key rival John Langridge, the former Fiesta champion that almost seems to have made an effortless transition to live in a rear wheel drive series over the last couple of years. It’s safe to say that Blackwell-Chambers is currently the man on form having captured five race wins so far including two at the previous rounds at Anglesey in North Wales. Langridge has three to his name from Pembrey and Cadwell Park this year, but Anglesey wasn’t as kind to him and 3rd place in the second race was the best result he could manage all year. Given that Blackwell-Chambers has struggled somewhat in the past couple of seasons here at Snetterton, Langridge could have a chance to take advantage of this over the weekend, provided that fortune goes his way, he delivers a solid qualifying lap and he’s able to make the most of the three races in store.

With no Ben Short present on the entry list this weekend, that means 3rd place in the standings is up for grabs for Adam Bessell, who reached a career high last time out with his first ever Group A race victory. Adam has made great strides in his pace over the last 12 months and this season has been his strongest by far, so there’s every chance another strong weekend here in Norfolk could help him on his way to a podium points place come the end of the year. Oliver Allwood is next in 5th position having had something of a quiet couple of rounds recently and at a circuit where he’s dominated and won races before, there’s every chance he could launch himself into the second half of the year with a mission to charge down the leaders. Joe Wiggin hit strife at Anglesey from the off as he was rudely nerfed out of Race 1 temporarily, leaving him to win the following Group B race to jump back up with the frontrunners.

Jason Greatrex will have motivation of his own to do well here as he leads the standings in the Masters contest for drivers aged 45 and over, so while he’ll be keen to mix it at the front of the field, staying ahead of some of the more experienced drivers in the field will also be a priority as well. Jack Brewer is another driver who continues to get stronger and stronger with each passing race meeting and Anglesey was a high in his MX-5 racing career when he scored his first Group A podium with a 3rd place finish. A young charger, Jack will certainly wish to be knocking on the door of a first win very soon. Steve Foden is another up and coming racer that has shown a few moments of pace throughout part one of this season, so the second part will hopefully be a chance to capitalise and build on them. Double defending Masters champion Martin Tolley completes the top 10, still waiting to find the form that at times put in him contention for an overall race win, although he will also be under additional pressure to keep up with current Masters leader Greatrex. Whether or not he can continue to keep him in his sights remains to be seen.

Scott WoodwissThe two horses (not literally, you understand!) in question are points leader and double defending champion Will Blackwell-Chambers and key rival John Langridge, the former Fiesta champion that almost seems to have made an effortless transition to live in a rear wheel drive series over the last couple of years. It’s safe to say that Blackwell-Chambers is currently the man on form having captured five race wins so far including two at the previous rounds at Anglesey in North Wales. Langridge has three to his name from Pembrey and Cadwell Park this year, but Anglesey wasn’t as kind to him and 3rd place in the second race was the best result he could manage all year. Given that Blackwell-Chambers has struggled somewhat in the past couple of seasons here at Snetterton, Langridge could have a chance to take advantage of this over the weekend, provided that fortune goes his way, he delivers a solid qualifying lap and he’s able to make the most of the three races in store.

With no Ben Short present on the entry list this weekend, that means 3rd place in the standings is up for grabs for Adam Bessell, who reached a career high last time out with his first ever Group A race victory. Adam has made great strides in his pace over the last 12 months and this season has been his strongest by far, so there’s every chance another strong weekend here in Norfolk could help him on his way to a podium points place come the end of the year. Oliver Allwood is next in 5th position having had something of a quiet couple of rounds recently and at a circuit where he’s dominated and won races before, there’s every chance he could launch himself into the second half of the year with a mission to charge down the leaders. Joe Wiggin hit strife at Anglesey from the off as he was rudely nerfed out of Race 1 temporarily, leaving him to win the following Group B race to jump back up with the frontrunners.

Jason Greatrex will have motivation of his own to do well here as he leads the standings in the Masters contest for drivers aged 45 and over, so while he’ll be keen to mix it at the front of the field, staying ahead of some of the more experienced drivers in the field will also be a priority as well. Jack Brewer is another driver who continues to get stronger and stronger with each passing race meeting and Anglesey was a high in his MX-5 racing career when he scored his first Group A podium with a 3rd place finish. A young charger, Jack will certainly wish to be knocking on the door of a first win very soon. Steve Foden is another up and coming racer that has shown a few moments of pace throughout part one of this season, so the second part will hopefully be a chance to capitalise and build on them. Double defending Masters champion Martin Tolley completes the top 10, still waiting to find the form that at times put in him contention for an overall race win, although he will also be under additional pressure to keep up with current Masters leader Greatrex. Whether or not he can continue to keep him in his sights remains to be seen.

Scott WoodwissThe two horses (not literally, you understand!) in question are points leader and double defending champion Will Blackwell-Chambers and key rival John Langridge, the former Fiesta champion that almost seems to have made an effortless transition to live in a rear wheel drive series over the last couple of years. It’s safe to say that Blackwell-Chambers is currently the man on form having captured five race wins so far including two at the previous rounds at Anglesey in North Wales. Langridge has three to his name from Pembrey and Cadwell Park this year, but Anglesey wasn’t as kind to him and 3rd place in the second race was the best result he could manage all year. Given that Blackwell-Chambers has struggled somewhat in the past couple of seasons here at Snetterton, Langridge could have a chance to take advantage of this over the weekend, provided that fortune goes his way, he delivers a solid qualifying lap and he’s able to make the most of the three races in store.

With no Ben Short present on the entry list this weekend, that means 3rd place in the standings is up for grabs for Adam Bessell, who reached a career high last time out with his first ever Group A race victory. Adam has made great strides in his pace over the last 12 months and this season has been his strongest by far, so there’s every chance another strong weekend here in Norfolk could help him on his way to a podium points place come the end of the year. Oliver Allwood is next in 5th position having had something of a quiet couple of rounds recently and at a circuit where he’s dominated and won races before, there’s every chance he could launch himself into the second half of the year with a mission to charge down the leaders. Joe Wiggin hit strife at Anglesey from the off as he was rudely nerfed out of Race 1 temporarily, leaving him to win the following Group B race to jump back up with the frontrunners.

Jason Greatrex will have motivation of his own to do well here as he leads the standings in the Masters contest for drivers aged 45 and over, so while he’ll be keen to mix it at the front of the field, staying ahead of some of the more experienced drivers in the field will also be a priority as well. Jack Brewer is another driver who continues to get stronger and stronger with each passing race meeting and Anglesey was a high in his MX-5 racing career when he scored his first Group A podium with a 3rd place finish. A young charger, Jack will certainly wish to be knocking on the door of a first win very soon. Steve Foden is another up and coming racer that has shown a few moments of pace throughout part one of this season, so the second part will hopefully be a chance to capitalise and build on them. Double defending Masters champion Martin Tolley completes the top 10, still waiting to find the form that at times put in him contention for an overall race win, although he will also be under additional pressure to keep up with current Masters leader Greatrex. Whether or not he can continue to keep him in his sights remains to be seen.

Scott Woodwiss

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Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 John Langridge 2164 2040
2 Will Blackwell-Chambers 2186 2006
3 Joe Wiggin 2154 1978