2015 MX5 Cup Croft Race Report

Short continues winning streak

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The 5Club Racing Nankang MX5 Championship headed North to Croft for their first triple header of the season, and the MX5 boys did not disappoint, putting on three fantastic shows.

Qualifying

Ben Short, who headed into the meeting unbeaten, put his BS Motorsport machine on pole position with a 1:42.27 in the fifteen minute qualifying session. Three further drivers managed to lap with a second of his time – they were James Rogers, Jack Sycamore and Will Blackwell-Chambers. Jason Greatrex beat his brother Kris to fifth on the grid with Stephen Craggs, Ben Hancy, Daniel Stewart and Paul Monteith rounding out the top ten runners.

Race 1

Short made the most of his pole position to head Rogers and Sycamore. Both Rogers and Sycamore stayed on Short’s bumper throughout the distance in the closest battle of the season to date but were unable to pass him. Rogers lost his second place though due to a jump start which handed him a ten second penalty which demoted him sixth.

That demotion though handed Sycamore second place and he finished less than a second behind the winner. Jason Greatrex passed Blackwell-Chambers on lap six and then his brother on lap seven to take fourth – which then became third. He crossed the line ahead of Kris and WBC.
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Craggs claimed seventh after shaking off the attentions of Stewart with Ian Tomlinson in ninth. Monteith got the better of Matthew Short after a race long battle – they had both passed Hancy by lap seven.

Race 2

Short had a slightly easier second race as a strong start allowed him to break the slipstream early on in the race and carried that momentum throughout the race to claim a two second victory.

A fast starting Kris Greatrex moved into second place off the start passing both Sycamore and Jason. Jason also fell behind Blackwell-Chambers before pulling out of the race on lap three after clipping a tyre stack at the exit of Hawthorn.
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Sycamore was able to get pass Kris Greatrex on lap two with the charging Rogers taking third on the fifth tour. Sycamore then had to defend his place from Rogers and was just able to do so

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Greatrex took fourth on the road but had been handed a ten-second penalty for a jump start, demoting him to seventh which promoted Blackwell-Chambers, Stewart and Craggs.
Michael Comber started from the back of the grid after his engine blew in race one. He and the Michael Comber Racing team had to change the engine twice overnight and their efforts were rewarded with an eighth place.
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He beat Alyn Robson, also starting from the back after his engine died in race one, a race long battle ensued as the pair fought through the field. Tomlinson took tenth beating Monteith after taking the position on the final lap.

Race 3

Blackwell-Chambers flew off the line to go from fourth to first in the final race, giving a ray of hope that the dominant Short could be beaten.

He was able to hold on to that position until lap four when Short passed him at Tower. Blackwell-Chambers was able to keep on his bumper until the flag but never passed him. Therefore, Short still remains unbeaten after seven rounds of the championship.
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Kris Greatrex got off the line well to take third on the opening lap from seventh on the grid. Both Rogers and Sycamore passed him on lap three and the trio finished in that order.

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Craggs took sixth after Comber and Stewart – who he had been battling with – came to grief on the final lap. Stewart ended up ninth with Comber in 13th. That promoted Tomlinson and Matthew Short into the top eight. Monteith claimed tenth with Robson, with his car stuck in third gear for the last three laps, and Haggarty behind.

Full Race Results

The racing in the Nankang MX5 Championship this season has been frantic and despite Ben Short’s dominance the following pack is getting closer. The second two races from Croft can be viewed on Motors TV in the coming weeks prior to the championship heading to the one of the drivers favorites – Cadwell Park.

Words: Joshua Barrett
Pictures: Jonathan Elsey (www.jonelseyphotography.photoshelter.com)

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