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5-Club Racer Sycamore heads to Europe

After a storming spring weekend at Croft Circuit, 5-Club racer Jack Sycamore will soon be jetting off to Barcelona as part of Mazda’s MX-5 Global Cup competition.
Thanks to Mazda UK, 5-Club competitors were given the opportunity to compete in the
Global Cup via a two-stage competition process, detailed by the 750 Motor Club back in April. The rules stated that whoever was leading the popular 5-Club roadster championship at the end of May 2016 would be invited to a European play-off, where the talented 750 Motor Club member would see themselves pitted up against the leaders of other UK and European MX-5 racing formulae.

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2016 MX5 Cup – Brands Hatch Race Report

Rogers and Blackwell-Chambers share Brands wins


A fantastic grid of 34 Mazda MX5’s arrived at Brands Hatch for rounds 3 and 4 of the 5 Club Racing MX5  Cup Championship.

James (the First) Rogers and Will Blackwell-Chambers took the victories in two closely fraught races.


Blackwell-Chambers set the quickest time in the fifteen minute qualifying session, which was very busy as 34 cars circulated the Indy Circuit. He set a lap time of 57.52 seconds, just 0.13 seconds faster than Stuart Symonds. Rogers also was within two tenths of the pole time.


Jack Sycamore and Adam Bessell likewise set a lap time under 58 seconds. Reigning champion Ben Short was next up with Roger Chesneau, Sam Smith, Scott Aprigliano and Sebastien Fisher completing the top ten.


The field was fantastically close with all 34 cars separated by 3.5 seconds and seventh to twenty-seventh were amazingly only separated by 0.7 seconds.

Race 1

The opening race saw a very busy entry into Paddock Hill Bend on the opening lap but the capacity-sized field squeezed their way through safely and strong-starting Rogers led but Blackwell-Chambers catapulted his way into the lead at Paddock on lap two. In WBC’s move to the front, Sycamore followed through, dropping Rogers to third.


Sycamore led on lap four but only to be edged wide at Druids on the following lap – allowing both Blackwell-Chambers and Rogers back ahead. Rogers wasted little time to hit the front once more as he passed WBC at Paddock on lap seven.


Sycamore also passed Blackwell-Chambers – but at Druids on lap eight to make it an AB Motorsport 1-2. Their fantastic scrap – which Symonds was closely observing in fourth – came to an end when red flags flew as Ian Tomlinson spun into the gravel.


That ended the race with Rogers winning – ahead of Sycamore, Blackwell-Chambers and Symonds.

It was close behind too. At times up to seven cars battled for fifth. Short held the position early on but dropped behind Bessell on lap five. Bessell would come home fifth with Short behind. Smith and Jason Greatrex were next up – Short, Smith and Greatrex finished with half a second. Greatrex moved up from 14th on the grid in a great drive.


Scott Leach and Chesneau completed the top ten. Stephen Craggs clung on to the two cars ahead but only could manage eleventh.


Sebastien Fisher was next up and finished with a gap to Harry Deane, Paul Monteith and Nigel Garrett who completed the top fifteen.

Race 2

Blackwell-Chambers managed to take the lead of race two at Surtees on the opening lap and never looked back in the 15 lapper. Rogers was unable to find a way back ahead despite only finishing 0.55 seconds back.


Bessell made a great start and was third but couldn’t hold on to that spot as Sycamore took the place on lap eight even though he was down in sixth earlier in the race. Bessell still came fourth and had Symonds and Short on his tail at the flag. Fisher beat Smith by three tenths to seventh.


In another tight finish – Leach beat Greatrex to ninth after Chesneau went off on the final lap. Craggs beat Scott Aprigliano to eleventh by just 0.06 seconds. Craggs moved into that position on lap eleven. Although, Aprigliano only started 21st so drove fantastically to grab twelfth.


Monteith, Deane and Jack Williams completed the top fifteen with Sam Tatler, Dan Stewart, Marco Aghem and Ben Hancy close behind – showing once more there are battles throughout the field in 5 Club MX5 racing wherever you are.

With the wins of James Rogers and Will Blackwell-Chambers at Brands, it has made four different winners so far in the 2016 5 Club Racing MX5 Championship in just four races.

They add their names to Adam Bessell and Ben Short – who won at Oulton Park.

The two races from Brands Hatch will be seen in the 750 Motor Club TV programme in the coming weeks.

Full Race Results

The next meeting is a triple header at Croft.

Words: Joshua Barrett

Pictures: Jonathan Elsey (


2016 MX5 Cup Championship Drivers Lineup

Hi everyone,

With entries coming in thick and fast for this years “2016 MX5 cup Championship” we have created a new Drivers line-up page, now you can see who you will be pitted against in this years championship.

If you want to reserve your number for the championship we suggest you register without delay. As we’ve gone paperless for registrations this year you can do this from the comfort of your armchair, its all on-line now so just click on any of the any of the Register or Membership Plan links on the site.

Regulations can be found following the link below.

MX5 Cup Championship Regulations

The “5 Club Racing” Team


2016 MX5 Cup Championship Opens For Business

Hi Guys,

Good news, we are finally able to begin registration for the 2016 MX5 Cup Championship, the registration process has now been automated and placed on-line.

Login to the “5 Club Racing” website if you already have a login, then click on any of the Register or Membership Plan links on the site, unregistered users just need to click the links, this will take you to the relevant page(s) to begin the registration process.

Please read the on-line registration form carefully, make sure you fill out the form in full, all fields are required, any information you do not know, like “Transponder No.” for example, just put “Unknown/Renting” or something similar.

Please make sure your name, address, etc. is all correct, we cannot be held responsible for any incorrectly entered information which leads to incorrectly processed applications.

Last years race numbers will be put on retention for last years entrants until the 17th of January, after that numbers will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Numbers 1 to 6 are reserved.

You can ignore the “Coupon Code” field as this does not need to be filled out unless you have been given a “Coupon Code” by Alyn prior to registration.

Once you have completed the form click the “Purchase MX5 Cup Championship Entrance” button, this will take you to PayPal using your entered email address as the default PayPal login address, change as necessary then enter you password and complete the purchase. Once the payment has completed you will be automatically redirected back to the “5 Club Racing” website to the confirmation page. You will receive email notifications for your transaction, these may be delayed up to 24 hours While PayPal processes your payment.

Please remember you have to be a member of the 750mc as well as “5 Club Racing” in order to register, so if your 750mc membership has expired please don’t forget to renew this before submitting your MX5 Cup Championship registration.

As this is a new process please let us know if you experience any problems so that we may address them as soon as possible.

Darren and Alyn



2016 Race Calendar (Provisional)

Hi everyone, please find below the 2016 provisional race calendar as announced at the awards night, the calendar is unlikely to change much, if at all from this, we will send out an update as soon as we have final confirmation for the calendar.

2 April Oulton Park
23/24 April Brands Hatch (Indy)
21/22 May Croft
25/26 June Snetterton 300
16/17 July Anglesey
6/7 August Cadwell Park
21/21 August Silverstone (International)
10/11 September Rockingham
1/2 October Donington
+ Zandvoort last meeting, for championship final rounds (date to be announced)



Awards Night

Hi Folks,

The racing is over and the crowns have been placed, so its time to gather for the glamorous “5 Club Racing” awards evening and dinner dance.

An evening not to be missed, with fun, food and fluid plentiful. This years event will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport, Derby, further details and tickets can be found using the following link.

“5 Club Racing” Awards Evening and Dinner Dance Booking

Look forward to seeing you all there,



2015 MX5 Cup – Snetterton 200 Race Report

Short returns to winning ways


The Snetterton 200 Circuit hosted rounds 13 and 14 of the 5 Club Racing MX5 Championship. After not winning any of the three races at Anglesey, Ben Short was looking for success. However, Anglesey winners Will Blackwell-Chambers and James Rogers would be looking for more.


Short started his weekend how he was hoping to go on. He set a time of 1:29.98 which gave him pole position and was over half a second faster than anybody else.

Blackwell-Chambers, Rogers and Jack Sycamore were all able to go within a second of Short’s time though.

Sebastien Fisher was just outside of a second in fifth and had a good margin on Adam Bessell, who completed the top 6.

Race 1

Short and Blackwell-Chambers immediately broke away from the pack and had a fairly easy race to make a BS Motorsport 1-2. Short won it by six seconds with Blackwell-Chambers nearly ten seconds ahead of the rest.

The battle for third was a complete opposite with battling throughout all ten laps. Kris Greatrex, who only started eighth, was third by the end of the opening lap thanks to a magnificent start.

His brother Jason, who started tenth, only took few laps to be behind him after he passed Sycamore for fourth.

Jason then passed his brother in a great move at Coram on lap six. Kris Greatrex also lost out to James Rogers on the ninth lap. Rogers had fallen to seventh in the early stages. Greatrex did get back through before the end to finish behind brother, Jason.

Rogers ended up fifth with Sycamore and Fisher closely behind. Just 1.5 seconds separated third to seventh at the flag after their fantastic battle throughout the race.

Bessell was involved in that battle but fell away on the last couple of laps so only finished in a lonely eighth.

Daniel Stewart held off the attentions of Oliver Allwood and Adam Read to finish in ninth.

Ben Hancy was involved in their battle but fell back at mid-distance and only could manage 13th.

Leach just beat Hancy after starting at the back of the grid due to losing his qualifying times for exceeding track limits. Scott Aprigliano passed Grahame McMurchie on lap eighth to take 14th. Ian Tomlinson was next up and beat Nick Le Doyen, Marcus Bailey and Tom Pughe who just finished half a second apart.

Race 2

Short and Blackwell-Chambers took another easy 1-2 but weren’t quite so far in front as the opening race. 2.6 seconds was Short’s winning margin.

Rogers passed Kris Greatrex for third on lap six at Riches and was able to put a gap on the battle behind him so was able to finish on the third step of the podium.

Kris Greatrex maintained a gap Jason to take fourth with Stewart, Bessell, Allwood and Fisher close behind.

Jason Greatrex was behind Stewart heading on to the final lap but regained fifth by the chequered flag. Allwood also passed Fisher on the last lap. Fifth to eighth finished just 1.5 seconds apart.

Sycamore was involved in that battle but spun at Chapman Curve. He recovered to eleventh behind Leach.

Aprigliano passed Matthew Short, who started 22nd, on the final lap to take twelfth.

Pughe, McMurchie, Bailey and Tomlinson finished close behind.

Samuel Haggarty took 18th ahead of Hancy, who spun to last on the opening lap.

Ben Short has now won eleven races this season, so is in the box seat to win the championship but still cannot afford a bad weekend as his team-mate Will Blackwell-Chambers is always consistent and usually on the podium.

Full Race Results

The championship heads to Belgium next for a round at Spa-Francorchamps, where 5club will be assembling the largest grid of racing Mx5’s the world has ever seen.(probably) Drivers from as far afield as Australia are coming to be part of it.

Words: Joshua Barrett
Pictures: Jonathan Elsey (


2015 MX5 Cup – Anglesey Race Report

Will Blackwell-Chambers — 2
James Rogers — 1
Ben Short — 0

The second triple header for the Nankang 5 Club Racing MX5 Championship took place at Anglesey Circuit and Ben Short was the target for the field after winning all nine rounds previously contested.

Will Blackwell-Chambers set the quickest time in the qualifying session. He did a lap time of 1:22.15 and was just 0.1 seconds over Short and just another 0.03 seconds back Jack Sycamore, who claimed the race Short didn’t compete in at Cadwell Park.
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James Rogers and Jason Greatrex were also within one second of Blackwell-Chambers’ time.

Race 1

Despite not the best of starts, Short was leading by the time the cars exited Rocket on the opening lap but Blackwell-Chambers reclaimed his lead on the fourth tour at the Banking. WBC then pulled out a 3.8 second lead to win with Short having to hold off the attentions of Sycamore.

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Rogers, who had fallen down to seventh on the opening lap, fought his way back to fourth only to have a half spin promoting Jason Greatrex back into that position.

Mike Comber and Marco Aghem got the better of Kris Greatrex on the final lap to finish in sixth and seventh respectively. Greatrex was also dropped behind Tom Pughe due to a time penalty.

Ian Tomlinson completed the top ten. Marcus Bailey got the better of Gianluca Maretto on the final lap behind Tomlinson. Nick Le Doyen and Ben Hancy were also involved in that battle.
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Race 2

Once again Short made the best start with Rogers thundering through from fifth to second off of the line. Rogers then challenged Short around the outside of Rocket on the second lap to take lead.

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Rogers held his nerve, and despite Shorts best efforts, went on to win by 1.4 seconds.

Short came second ahead of Blackwell-Chambers, who had to work his way up from fifth after falling off on the second lap at Church. He got the better of Sycamore on the eighth tour. Jason Greatrex was behind and had to hold off the attentions of Comber throughout the race and did so successfully.

Aghem had a lonely race and finished seventh with Pughe behind.

Tomlinson came ninth and was able to keep a big enough gap to the charging Kris Greatrex, who had a spin on the opening lap which dropped him right to the rear of the field.

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Bailey was ahead of Le Doyen throughout the distance and stayed ahead to the flag which gave him 11th. Samuel Haggarty beat Dale Whiteman for 13th.

Race 3

For the third time Short replicated his fantastic start to lead from the start. Rogers braked very late for the Rocket hairpin on the fourth lap and tagged Short into a spin and fell behind Blackwell-Chambers himself.

Blackwell-Chambers held on to win with Rogers behind after dicing with Sycamore – both switching places until Sycamore fell wide on the final lap.
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The Greatrex brothers took fourth and fifth with Jason less than a quarter of a second ahead of Kris. Aghem came fifth after Comber retired on the fifth lap.

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Short recovered to seventh after falling to 13th with his spin. Tomlinson had Pughe closing him in for much of the race and Pughe got within 0.06 seconds of him at the flag but crucially not ahead.

Hancy completed the top ten with Le Doyen, Maretto and Haggarty behind. Maretto passed Haggarty on the ninth lap to claim 12th.

Heading to Anglesey it looked as Short was going to be unstoppable this season but win number ten did not come in any of the three races and in fact his team-mate and closest series challenger Blackwell-Chambers will have closed the championship gap by a significant margin. The two Sunday races were action-packed and can be relived on Motors TV in the coming weeks.

Full Race Results

Prior to the TV programme going out the next two rounds of the championship will take place at Snetterton on the 200 Circuit which is perfect for MX5’s with slipstreaming down the two straights making overtaking and re-overtaking very possible.

Words: Joshua Barrett
Pictures: John Rees (