ALLWOOD AND COMBER PREPARE FOR MX-5 CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN AT BRANDS HATCH

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Can Allwood hang on to claim the championship? - Photo: Jon Elsey

Under the backdrop of the legendary Formula Ford Festival, the season finale for the ever-popular BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship brings a close and tense battle for the title as the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent welcomes a sold out grid of just over 50 cars to contest two races each amongst three groups.

While it’s been a unique year for everyone involved, ultimately it hasn’t meant the season has been any less competitive. After seven races across three race weekends, the points standings now pit current leaders Oliver Allwood and Mike Comber against one another for the 2020 title and it may well end up with one driver watching from the sidelines as the other scores the result that could decide which way the championship swings. Both Oliver and Mike have won a race each this year and have always been in the hunt for victory from the start of the shortened campaign, so when these two eventually manage to lock horns on track, it’s sure to be a real fight between them for supremacy.

 

Will Blackwell-Chambers has chosen not to compete in Mk1s, but instead make an inaugural switch to the MX-5 SuperCup for this weekend, meaning his 3rd place in points will now officially be up for grabs. This looks set to be a three way dance between Fraser Fenwick, Sebastian Fisher and Jack Brewer. Fenwick’s first full season has been rather impressive after he debuted in the final few weekends of 2019, while Fisher has made incredible progress this season and was even in contention to win his first race at the previous rounds at Silverstone, and after clinching his first podium on the same weekend, his confidence will be up. As for Brewer, he too came agonisingly close to his first victory, but was ultimately denied on the final lap by Comber. Nonetheless with all three drivers having proven their front-running credentials, they could become catalysts in the title fight.


There’s also 23 points between the rest of the names in the top 10 who are all sure to want to get on top of each other as best as possible while handling the fast and challenging 1.2 mile Indy circuit in Kent. Oliver Graham holds 7th with a dropped score factored in, but the resurgent Matt Luff is closing in quick after a tricky beginning to his season and will want to end this shortened year on a high. Michael Knibbs and Matt Pollard complete the top 10, both drivers who have again shown their prominence at times and will hope that Brands Hatch is good to them too.

 

One name you may have noticed that hasn’t been mentioned yet is Joe Wiggin. The long time points leader would have entered this weekend in the lead on dropped scores, but exclusion from his first Silverstone race has left him down in 12th going to the final rounds. The matter is currently under appeal, which may end up having an effect on the fate of the championship battle. With that in mind, Wiggin will need to race as hard as possible as score as many points as he can to potentially put him in a position to claim the title should his appeal prove successful.

 

Regardless of the shorter number of rounds, the MX-5 Championship has again provided a sensational season of racing and with the climax now coming at one of UK club racing’s biggest events, what better way to conclude this crazy year than to (provisionally) find out who becomes the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Championship champion!

 

Scott Woodwiss

 

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