Rounds three and four of the 2015 5Club Racing Nankang MX5 Cup took place around the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. 31 cars took to the circuit and provided excellent racing.
James Rogers ended on top of the times in a damp qualifying session, setting a time of 1:02.31. He got the better of the pack on a very busy circuit by 1.25 seconds to double Donington Park race winner, Ben Short. Jack Sycamore and Daniel Stewart were next, both within a couple of seconds of Rogers’ awesome time.
Will Blackwell-Chambers could only manage fifth with Kris Greatrex, Sebastien Fisher, Graeme McMurchie, Scott Aprigliano and Ian Tomlinson completing the top ten.
Short beat Rogers off of the line on what was now a dry circuit. Rogers though stayed attached to the rear of the BS Motorsport car and dived passed into Paddock Hill Bend on the fourth lap only for Short to regain the lead.
Their battle allowed Blackwell-Chambers to join in and it became a three car tussle for the victory. Blackwell-Chambers got the better of Rogers into Druids on the sixth lap. Their tussle allowed Short to break the tow.
Despite this, Blackwell-Chambers caught Short back up, dragging Rogers with him. However, through traffic WBC was held up and Rogers went back through. Short once again made a break.
Blackwell-Chambers was helped into a spin at Graham Hill Bend due to contact on the final lap after regaining second. He dropped back to ninth with Short winning and Rogers in second.
It wasn’t just a great battle for the lead – but all the way through the pack with lots of groups of cars dicing. Racing was clean though and all 31 cars that started made it to the end of the 15 lap encounter.
Sycamore took third after Jason Greatrex, who started 12th, had a moment at Paddock on the 13th lap. It was a breath-taking battle nevertheless which involved six cars.
Kris Greatrex ran at the head of it in the early stages but went wide and ran through the Paddock gravel trap on lap four and then had a great battle with brother, Jason. One lap saw the pair run side-by-side the majority of it.
Daniel Stewart came out of it all in fourth however after getting the better of Kris on the final lap. Kris also fell behind Jason with Leach and Fisher rounding off the top eight.
McMurchie beat Tomlinson in their battle for tenth after defending the position throughout the distance.
Stuart Symonds was the best of the trio in the battle for 12th with Sam Gendy and Stuart Brittle chasing him to the flag.
After failing post-race weight checks earlier in the day and a mistake in official paperwork, Rogers, Stewart, Marco Aghem, Paul Monteith and Gianluca Maretto avoided greater penalties but were forced to start from the back of the grid.
The second race was slightly easier for Short as he beat Sycamore and pulled out a margin which he was able to hold to the flag to bring home his fourth win in just as many races this season – in 2014 Brian Chandler style.
Sycamore dropped behind the storming Blackwell-Chambers on the fifth lap. He had started from seventh. WBC finished second with Sycamore behind.
Jason Greatrex took fourth ahead of Rogers, who climbed up to fifth from 27th during the 15 laps in great style.
Kris Greatrex, Stewart and Grant Williamson completed the top eight. Stewart had come from 28th and Williamson drove well from 13th on the grid.
Leach and Aghem completed the top ten with Symonds, Gendy, Stephen Craggs, Tomlinson and Montheith behind.
Full Race Results
The opening MX5 race of the weekend was one of the most exciting in the short history of 5Club Racing, showing what an exhilarating season is in store. The field will be gunning for the unbeaten Ben Short as the series heads to Croft for a triple header.
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