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Donington Race Report

Will Blackwell-Chambers Dominates Opening Meeting of “5 Club Racing” MX5 Cup
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Some 24 Mazda MX5 racers descended on a sunny Donington Park for the maiden meeting of the newly formed 5Club Racing MX5 Cup. A newly formed series aimed at offering close and exciting club level motorsport without unrealistic budget requirements. And close and exciting racing is exactly what we got……

The field was made up for all ability levels, ranging from absolute beginners through to experienced and accomplished MX5 competitors. Even the odd veteran by the way of Matt Short and Andy Coombs were on the grid.

Qualifying
The 20 minute session was a frantic affair as the MX5s shared the circuit with the Tegiva Civic Cup. This meant 40 cars of varying speeds were fighting for clear track to set an ultimate lap time.
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Qualifying was dominated by the young but experienced Will Blackwell-Chambers who topped the time sheets from the start of the session. He ultimately put his machine on Pole, a whopping 2 seconds in front of seasoned racer Garry Hufford, who in turn was 1.5 seconds clear of 3rd place starter James Rodgers.

Grid slots 3 – 10 were covered by just 1 second. Martin Tolley, new comer Marco Aghem, experienced podium finisher Ben Short, BC Motorsport prepared Sam ‘Gandy’ Gendy, Andy Coombs, Paul ‘The Kiwi’ Monteith and Stephen ‘Craggy’ Craggs filled the top 10 grid slots respectively.

Race 1
Superstar Pole man Will Blackwell-Chambers made a textbook start off the line and entered Redgate ahead of Hufford, Rodgers, Tolley and Ben Short, who were in a bumper to bumper freight train all the way up to McLeans. Tolley took advantage of Hufford’s and Rodger’s squabble to slip past them both in a gutsy maneuver to climb into second place.
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By the end of lap 3 Tolley was 3 seconds clear of 3rd place man Ben Short who was fighting hard to hold of a charging Rodgers and Hufford. On lap 4 Short made a small mistake to let Hufford and Rodgers through into 3rd and 4th positions.

Further down the field Andy Coombs lead a parade of cars driven by Stephen Craggs, Sam Gendy and Paul Monteith in what was looking like an epic battle for 6th place. Coombs was using his many years of experience and an effective ‘elbows out’ style to defend from Craggy who in turn had his mirrors full and under massive pressure from Gendy. But Gendy was not safe yet and Kiwi Monteith was breathing down his neck keeping him honest.

By the end of lap 5 WBC had afforded himself a 15 second lead over Tolley and Hufford.
At the rear of the field, Italian new comer Marco Aghem was making profitable progress working his way up from 24th on the grid to 17th by lap 7 after a hard fought battle with Nick Le Doyen, Kevin Dengate and David Hart.

Just ahead of them veteran Matt Short and Daniel Stewart were jostling for 10th place.
Craggy succumbed to Gandy’s when he ran wide at the Fogarty Esses and Gandy was able to pressure Coombs until the final lap when stupidly Gandy made the same mistake as Craggy in exactly the same place. This allowed Craggy to take advantage of the situation and climbed back up to 7th leaving Gandy in 8th with just 2 corners to go.

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Will Blackwell-Chambers won comfortably with a gap of nearly 20 seconds over Tolley in 2nd. Hufford took 3rd ahead of Rodgers and Short. Coombs managed to hold off Craggy and Gandy who finished 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. The Flying Kiwi Monteith finished 9th and Matt Short rounded up the top 10.
Race 2
Our second and final race of the day saw WBC on Pole again from Hufford, Rodgers and Tolley with Italian Marco Aghem and Ben Short rounding up row 3.
Will B-C made another textbook getaway leaving Hufford and Tolley fighting out for 2nd and Short and Rodgers battling for 3rd.
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Hufford was keeping Will B-C honest through the first few corners while defending from a hard charging Tolley. However by the end of lap 3 Ben Short had moved up into 2nd place ahead of Tolley and Hufford. This 3 of them were locked in a position swapping tussle for most of the race which allowed Marco Aghem to close in on the trio.Coombs, Craggy, Gandy and Monteith were locked in a similar frantic duel for 7th. This time however Craggy was too strong for Coombs and on lap 4 he passed him, taking Monteith with him leaving Gandy to try and pressure the wily old fox Coombs into making a mistake.

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Matt Short had made a great start too and was closing in on the Gandy v Coombs battle and BMW Compact race series organizer Paul McErlean seemed to be having great fun with Kevin Dengate for positions 14th and 15th.

Meanwhile, back at the front the weekend favorite Will B-C had stretched his lead considerably to 14 seconds. This meant he was pulling away from the pack at a rate of about 2 seconds per lap. An astonishing feat by any racing terms.
Just behind the top 4, Ben Short and Marco Aghem were swapping place several times a lap in an epic hard fought battle for 5th. Not counting Will B=C’s monumental lead, positions 2nd to 5th were cover by just 5 seconds.

The “5 Club Racing” MX5 cup was certainly delivering its promise of close and exciting racing with position swapping tussles taking place throughout the field.
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At the rear of the field MX5 new boys David Hart, Nick Le Doyen, Stuart McKay, Matthew Chambers and Welsh man Gareth James were all enjoying their first taste of what Mazda MX5 racing is all about.

As the last lap board went out Will B-C’s lead was nearly 15 seconds and neither Tolley, Hufford, Rodgers, Ben Short or the fast closing Italian Aghem couldn’t do anything about the runaway car #43. Behind the top 5, Craggy was holding off Monteith and Andy Coombs was just about able to defend from Gandy who completed the top 10.

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Alyn Robinson the “5 Club Racing” founder/director said he was overwhelmed by the success and the amount of fun that competitors had during the 1st meeting and cannot wait for the next race weekend.
Martin Tolley received driver of the day award which was voted for by the marshals of the circuit.
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Rounds 3 & 4 take place at Brands Hatch in Kent on Saturday 26th April.

Words: The Mobile Journalist 😉
Pictures: Jonathan Elsey (www.jonelseyphotography.photoshelter.com)

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Free Registration & Discount for 750mc Roadsports

Dear Competitors

I’m pleased to announce to all drivers free registration for the 750mc “Roadsports” events, in addition to this the 750mc will also be offering a discount of approximately 25% for drivers who choose to compete in both “Roadsports” and “Mx5 Cup” on the same weekend.

For the Donington “Roadsports” event the entry fee will therefore be £245.

If your interested please contact me for more information and registration forms.

Regards
Alyn

 

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Bob Marsh’s Replacement

Dear competitor

Due to other commitments Bob Marsh will only be in our paddock as a friend and guest.

Hence after much thought, and with Bob’s approval, “5 Club Racing” have appointed accomplished driver and another true gentleman “Ed Gay” as the race meeting liason officer.

We all wish Ed well in his new role and welcome him to the “5 Club Racing” family and I am sure we will all help him find his feet in this new position.

EdGayAndBobMarsh

Alyn

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MX5 Cup – Tyre Deal

Hi People,

We have finally agreed an “MX5 Cup” tyre deal with www.protyre.co.uk, the account for “mk1” tyres is now open for business to all “MX5 Cup” competitors.

This deal is for Kumho KH31 and Hankook tyres in 195/50/15, although the Hankooks are being discontinued shortly.

The account code is 0CLUB5 (first digit is Zero), to be used on the Protyre website www.protyre.co.uk, you will need to quote this account number and show your membership card.

Membership cards will be issued at Donington, but if you need to purchase tyres before the first event, please contact me so we can sort something out before hand.

Any issues, please let me know.

Regards,

Alyn Robson
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5 Weeks to Go Go Go

5 Weeks to Go Go Go

With the first race only 5 weeks away it is time to get those registrations and race entries in to ensure your place on the grid.

Just a reminder that I will hold your usual race number until the end of February, (2nd March) after that i will issue numbers on a first come first served basis.

We will be attending Donington on the 2nd of March for the launch day if you wish to hand me your registration in person.

Alyn

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Mx5 Taster Day Update!!

Hi Everyone

Due to the unprecedented uptake of the Taster Day, Donington Park do not have the availability of track time we now need. Luckily “Javalin Trackdays” at Snetterton have been able to find us the track time you need with a higher noise limit and larger faster circuit.

The date is the same 16th February and everything else remains the same, see the updated details below.

“5 Club Racing” Mx5 Cup – Taster Day

Thanks for registering your interest in the “5 Club Racing”/750mc MX5 Cup at the Autosport Show.

Still mulling it over and not sure if it’s the right step? We might make it a little easier for you!

Drive a fully race prepared 5Club Mx5 Cup race car on the high speed Snetterton circuit; experience the thrill of Coram’s never ending corner and find the Bomb hole’s blind entrance.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the limits of your own driving skill while gaining an understanding of the dynamics and mechanical make up of the MX5.

Free race instruction throughout the day and technical advice.

Later in the day if time permits, you can opt for a fast lap, in the same spec car as you will buy, build or hire, with an experienced MX5 Cup driver.

Wearing their talent spotting hats, Alyn and his team will be available for a Q&A session with every driver.

In all, a great chance to test your mettle and get out on track with professional race-winning tutors and car builders.

 The question is who will be seen competing in 2014?

Drivers MUST be over the age of 17 and hold a full and valid UK driving licence
All Drivers MUST have an instructor in car at ALL times.

Venue

Snetterton Circuit – Sunday February 16th

Autosport Show special price – £85 (Normal price £265)

Limited spaces Book now

Payment via PayPal to – 5clubracing@gmail.com – ref-Snetterton taster day Mx5 or Mx150r

(Payment is refundable against 1st 5Club Mx5 Cup entry)

Alyn

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Autosport Show

“5 Club Racing” will be attending the “Autosport International” show between 9-12 January 2014, if you have tickets please feel free to visit “5 Club Racing” at stand 7650,  or alternatively visit our partner host club, the “750 Motor Club”, at stand 7130, both are situated in “Hall 7”.

Tickets are available through the “Autosport International” website if you have not already booked them, click the image/link below to navigate to they’re website.

See you all there,
Alyn

 

 

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General Meeting

Dear Competitors

 

Let’s have some fun and get this general meeting sorted.

 

On the 14th and 15th of December (sat/sun), Donington park have back to back trackdays £99 per day or £149 for both. We will have some instructors and technical staff on hand for advice if needed.

 

Book with Donington Park direct, I will be hosting the meeting on sat evening after the trackday finishes, so bring your questions, thoughts and idea’s with you.

 

Even if you are not doing the Trackday, come along say hi and join the meeting

 

See you all there

Alyn

 

(Refreshment may be in order afterwards)

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Provisional 2014 Calendar

The 750mc have given us the provisional calendar for 2014, although we feel it is very good, we would like to know if you would like to drop any venue.
 
  • March – 29/30th    Donington GP
  • April – 26/27th       Brands Hatch Indy
  • May – 25/26th       Snetterton
  • June – 14th           Castle Combe
  • July – 5/6th            Rockingham
  • July – 26/27th        Anglesey
  • August – 23/24th    Silverstone international
  • Sept – 6/7th           Cadwell Park
  • Oct – 4/5th            Donington
 
We need your feedback!
 
Alyn
5 Club Racing
 

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