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2016 MX5 Cup – Rockingham Race Report

Wet Wet Wet

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Rounds 17 and 18 of the 5 Club Racing MX5 Cup took place on the Rockingham Motor Speedway in wet and slippery conditions. With an extremely close championship situation, the races were crucial and some mastered the conditions better than others.

Qualifying

Blackwell-Chambers and Ben Short were well clear of the chasers in Qualifying. WBC set a time of 2:08.23, four tenths faster than Short. Sam Smith was the next best but two seconds further back. Mike Comber was fourth with another big gap back to Adam Bessell, who was fifth and over four seconds off the pole man – showing how difficult conditions were to master.

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Race 1

Short made the best start and led early on but lost out of Blackwell-Chambers on lap two at Gracelands. Smith then passed Short as the cars rejoined the Oval at Turn 4. However, Short got the better of Smith again at Yentwood on lap four.

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Blackwell-Chambers run out wide at Deene on the final lap and Short slid into him and spun as the pair made contact. Blackwell-Chambers went on to win by three seconds to Smith and Short recovered to third.

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Bessell took fourth ahead of Jack Sycamore – who got the better of Ian Tomlinson on lap five. Tomlinson made a great start from tenth to run up there and finished an excellent sixth. He held off Samuel Smith.

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Sam Tatler narrowly beat the recovering Mike Comber, who had a couple of identical offs at Tarzan through the gravel, nudging the tyre wall and continuing. He was outside the top 20 at one point.

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Stuart Symonds won the battle to complete the top ten. He beat Jason Greatrex, Sebastien Fisher and Harry Deane. Comber had passed the battle on the final lap.

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Scott Aprigliano crossed the line in a lonely fourteenth but Marcus Bailey led home a three-way battle behind. He beat Thomas Pughe and Mark Willetts. Ben Hancy was next up.

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Christian Young led home a four-way battle in twentieth. He beat Nick Le Doyen, Matthew Short and Bobby Andrews.

Race 2

A red flag immediately halted race two as Le Doyen spun at turn 1 and was collected by the blinded Stuart Brittle in the spray.

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A shortened restart followed with Blackwell-Chambers and Short taking up the battle at the front. Short got the better of his competitor on lap two at Deene but was repassed on lap four at Pif Paf.

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Blackwell-Chambers held on for a double victory, beating Short by a couple of seconds. Sam Smith ran a lonely third.

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The trio were well clear of the rest, Comber finished fourth nearly 20 seconds behind the winner. He passed Sycamore on lap three. Tomlinson took another sixth.

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He held off the attentions of Bessell and Tatler. Symonds came ninth with Bailey, Deane and Fisher behind as Greatrex retired on the final lap.

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Leach beat Willetts in the battle for thirteenth. Aprigliano, Samuel Smith and Pughe behind. Young, Short and Hancy concluded the top twenty.

A double victory promotes Will Blackwell-Chambers to the championship lead to heading to the final event at Donington Park. He leads Jack Sycamore, who didn’t enjoy the wet conditions so much, by nine points. A further five points back is Ben Short. Sam Smith is still very much in the chance of the championship as he’s only 22 points behind the leader. The Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit will host a pair of very important races at the end of October.

Full Race Results

Words: Joshua Barrett

Pictures: Jonathan Elsey (www.jonelseyphotography.photoshelter.com)

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2016 Awards Night

Hi Folks,

The end of the racing season is fast approaching, who will the crown fall to this year? either way we have the glitz and glamour of the “5 Club Racing” awards evening and dinner dance to look forward too on the 19th November.

An evening not to be missed, with fun, food and fluid plentiful. This years event will again be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport, Derby, for ticket please use the link below.

Awards Night Dinner

Regards
Alyn

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2016 MX5 Cup – Silverstone Race Report

MX5’s are the stars of Silverstone

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Rounds 15 and 16 of the 5 Club Racing MX5 Cup took place on the Silverstone international circuit. The racing was outstanding – tight, close battling with multiple place changes throughout the order every lap.

Qualifying

Adam Bessell posted the fastest time during the wet 15 minute qualifying session. The time he set was a 1:37.55, less than a tenth faster than Mike Comber, who is on a role currently just missing one victory in the last five races. Ben Short and Will Blackwell-Chambers were next fastest, less than a third of a second off of pole position.

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Returning to racing, JJ Clements took fifth – just ahead of Jack Sycamore, who completed the runners within a second of pole. Sam’s Smith and Tatler were followed by Mark Willetts and Brian Trott, who concluded the top ten.

 

 

Race 1

Pole man Bessell lost out off the line from the outside pole line, and fell to sixth by the end of the first tour with Comber leading Short and Blackwell-Chambers.

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Short took his turn to lead, and then Blackwell-Chambers did so on lap four. The trio continued to change places as Comber led lap five.

 

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On the fifth tour Short challenged Comber into Vale but instead fell behind Blackwell-Chambers and they ran side-by-side down to Abbey. They both lost out with Sycamore moving ahead of the pair and into second. WBC also fell behind Smith and into fifth.

 

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A crazy seventh lap saw Brian Trott move from seventh to second in the space of the Hangar Straight as Sycamore got muscled out wide at Village and launched back onto the circuit at the Link which slowed the pack down. This also allowed Comber to make a break.

 

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Comber went on to win by three seconds to Trott but the battle continued to rage behind. After falling back to seventh, Sycamore once more ran third by lap ten but before the end Blackwell-Chambers fought back passed one of his championship rivals.

 

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Therefore, giving Blackwell-Chambers third with Sycamore and Bessell behind. Smith took sixth, despite moving into third at Club on lap nine. Short dropped to seventh at the end.

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Jason Greatrex finished a lonely eighth, with the dicing Tatler and Clements behind. Harry Deane, Martin James, Scott Leach, Christian Young and Stephen Craggs concluded the top fifteen after a great battle.

Race 2

A strong start from Sycamore saw him lead from fourth by the end of the opening lap. He held on to that position until the fourth tour when race one winner Comber passed him.

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The following lap saw Sycamore and Blackwell-Chambers slipstream their way ahead of Comber. But the constant place changing didn’t stop there as on lap six Sycamore was down to fourth. Comber repassed Blackwell-Chambers on the seventh tour and Short, who had fallen as low as fifth led on lap eight.

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A fantastic move at Club on the eighth tour saw Blackwell-Chambers pass both Short and Comber. Comber replicated that move on the following lap to pass Short for second.

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Blackwell-Chambers fell to fourth on lap eleven – gifting the lead back to Comber. Comber looked good for the double win but got sideways at Club on the final lap, ran wide and both Short and Sycamore squeezed through. Therefore the podium being – Short, Sycamore and Comber.

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Greatrex started the final lap in seventh but finished fourth – ahead of Blackwell-Chambers, Smith and Bessell. The top seven concluded the race separated by just 1.25 seconds in a race with countless place changes – one of the most exciting races in British Motorsport all season.

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Behind the leading excitement, Tatler was the best of the rest – ahead of James, who was competing in five races over the weekend. Leach, Young and Clements – also involved in the battle for eighth – were next up. Courtney Miles beat Marcus Bailey in the battle for 13th.

Heading to Rockingham, a four way tussle in emerging for championship honours with Jack Sycamore heading the adjusted points tables but only narrowly with Will Blackwell-Chambers, Ben Short and Sam Smith close behind.

Full Race Results

Words: Joshua Barrett

Pictures: Jonathan Elsey (www.jonelseyphotography.photoshelter.com)

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