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750 Motor Club Awards Night

Last evening the 750 Motor Club held their annual Awards Night in the beautiful market town of Stratford Upon Avon. The Mazda fraternity were out in force and it was so great to see drivers, their friends, family and supporters. The evening kicked off with pre-drinks at the bar, which provided an opportunity to catch-up on all the latest news heading in the 2018 season. A sumptuous three-course dinner was served prior to the awards presentation by Ian Sowman.

Six-place man, and winning an award for the ‘best presented car’ was Matthew Short, fifth was Ben Hancy, fourth Ian Tomlinson, third went to Paul Bateman, runner up Ali Bray and the winner Ben Short. The top two were also presented with an additional award each: Ali was awarded the coveted ‘John Miles Young Driver Award’, and Ben Short for the highest number of victories in a season – 15! Ben won the award back in 2015 too. Well done to everyone, very well-deserved!

Once Ian vacated the stage, the band kicked off and wasn’t long before the dance floor was filled – even with Alyn Robson! Who knew he could dance as well as he makes up racing stories!

Not long now until the start of the season. Get in your application forms in and who knows, could be you on stage receiving a massive egg cup!

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Ali Bray Wins the 2017 John Miles Young Driver Award

750 Motor Club racer Ali Bray has been announced as the winner of the 2017 John Miles Young Driver Award, following his achievements in the Davanti Tyres 5Club MX-5 Cup over the course of the season. Bray finished second in this year’s championship in only his first proper season of competition, taking five victories along the way whilst often going head-to-head with former champion and longstanding MX-5 specialist Ben Short.
Along with his enthusiasm and commitment despite a very limited budget, it was Bray’s natural ability behind the wheel that caught the eye of the award patron and former F1 driver. The prize includes a generous £1000 cash prize from Miles, which is matched by the 750 Motor Club in credit against race entry fees for 2018; something which will come as a welcome boost for the 24-year-old Milton Keynes-based driver and his AB Motorsport preparation enterprise.
Speaking of the announcement, Bray said: “I’m gobsmacked – I’ve been around paddocks for years but had only contested four sporadic races in my life before 2017. I was racing for the enjoyment and of course to win, so I’m delighted and overwhelmed that someone of John’s experience would recognise future potential. It allows me to compete with 750 Motor Club again next year, where I’ll most likely have another attempt at the 5Club MX-5 title; I can’t thank him enough.”
The award will be presented at the 750 Motor Club’s Annual Awards and Dinner Dance on January 27th 2018, and speaking of his selection, Miles said: “Ali really burst onto the MX-5 scene this season as a driver, and offered the only real challenge to former champion Ben Short. I was immediately impressed by his natural speed and car control from the first time I saw him do battle with Short at Brands Hatch. He proved both fast and consistent, and although hard pressed financially, he developed into a stylish race winner in his self-prepared car – a real achievement.”
Well Done Ali from all of us at 5 Club Racing
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