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2017 MX5 Cup Championship Open For Business

Hi Peeps,

Good news, the 2017 MX5 Cup Championship sponsored by Davanti is open for business, we are finally able to begin taking registrations for the championship on-line with our fully automated system.

MX5 Cup Championship Regulations

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 28th of February, 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 coupon 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 make sure you have sufficient funds in your account before applying or the transaction will not complete, but you may still receive a welcome email, this is not your guarantee of championship acceptance so please check your PayPal account if you are unsure.

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

Please let us know if you experience any problems so that we may address them as soon as possible.

Darren and Alyn



2017 Provisional Calendars

Hi everyone, please find below the 2017 provisional race calendar, 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.

MX5 Cup Championship
1 April Oulton Park (International)
22/23 April Snetterton 300
3/4 June Zandvoort
18 June Brands Hatch (Indy)
8/9 July Anglesey (Coastal)
30 July Cadwell Park
26 August Thruxton
9/10 September Rockingham (ISSL)
30/1 September/October Donington Park (Nat)


MX150R (Sports Specials Championship)
18/19 March Donington Park (GP)
29 April Silverstone (National)
27/28 May Croft
17/18 June Brands Hatch (Indy)
8/9 July Anglesey (Coastal)
26 August Thruxton
24 September Snetterton 300



2016 MX5 Cup – Donington Race Report

Blackwell-Chambers secures championship



Heading to the final two rounds of the 5 Club Racing MX5 Championship Ben Short, Sam Smith, Jack Sycamore and Will Blackwell-Chambers were all within a really realistic chance of taking the championship. Therefore making the two races on the Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit crucial. And with a capacity 42 car grid, action aplenty was guaranteed.


Qualifying was abandoned, alongside seven 750 Motor Club races, due to a waterlogged track. Therefore, a decision was taken to use the Free Practice times to set the grid for race one.


That would mean that Short would start on pole with Blackwell-Chambers, Brian Chandler and Mike Comber all within a second of Short’s time of 1:55.86. Jason Greatrex would start next up ahead of Sycamore. However, championship contender Smith only starting 21st.

Race 1

Blackwell-Chambers snatched the lead on a crazy opening lap. He managed to pull out a gap to Short, Sycamore and Comber. Greatrex lost out in melee and spun at Goddards – and later retired to the pits. Samuel Smith ended up in the tyre wall on the exit of the corner. A great opening lap saw Sam Haggarty move from 14th to fifth.


Blackwell-Chambers continued to pull out a lead from the battling trio behind. Comber got ahead of Sycamore on lap seven and a lap later Short was pushed out wide at Coppice and fell to tenth. Sycamore then retired with a broken front ball joint on the final lap.


Therefore, Blackwell-Chambers won by eight seconds to Comber, in one WBC’s cars. A fantastic battle had occurred behind and a delighted Jake Bailey took third, although over twenty second behind the winner.


He just held off Smith – who flew through the order to fourth from 21st on the grid. Short managed to recover to fifth with Sebastien Fisher, Roger Chesneau, Sam Tatler and Haggarty behind.


Ian Tomlinson crossed the line next – in a lonely tenth. Matthew Short narrowly beat Courtney Miles to eleventh.
Ali Bray took 13th with a small gap over Ben Hancy. Hancy led home a train of cars – Christian Young, Marcus Bailey, Gary Townsend and Harry Deane.


JJ Clements ran up in fifth but retired on lap six – as did Adam Bessell, a regular top ten runner.

Race 2

With the race one finishing order setting the grid for race two, Blackwell-Chambers led new team-mate Comber on the opening lap, with Smith and Ben Short behind after Bailey fell to fifth.


Blackwell-Chambers managed again to make a break and went on to win by three seconds and a double victory was by far enough for him to claim the title. Short got the better of Comber on the fourth lap at Goddards but the positions switch around again at Melbourne on the following lap. Comber came home second ahead of Short.


Smith, who was passed by Short on lap two at Redgate, also lost out to Bailey on the sixth tour and then to Tatler on the following lap at Melbourne.


However, drama arose on the final lap at Melbourne as Smith outbreaked himself and tagged Bailey into a spin. As cars scattered, Sycamore came out on top. He finished fourth in a remarkable performance as he started in 36th.


Behind Sycamore, Fisher, Smith, Tatler and Chesneau came passed the chequered flag separated by less than one second. Clements took ninth after starting 40th, in a great performance. Bailey recovered to tenth and finished ahead of Bray, Miles, Matthew Short and Samuel Smith.

Seven victories were taken by Will Blackwell-Chambers on his way to becoming the 2016 champion – four of which came in the last four races. Outgoing champion Ben Short finished second in the standings after just one win in the opener at Oulton Park.


The strong final race for Jack Sycamore allowed him to beat Sam Smith to third. Sam Tatler, Scott Leach, Jason Greatrex, Ian Tomlinson, Ben Hancy and Adam Bessell completed the top ten in the standings after an almighty competitive season in the 5 Club championship.

Full Race Results

Words: Joshua Barrett

Pictures: Jonathan Elsey (


2016 MX5 Cup – Rockingham Race Report

Wet Wet Wet


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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 (


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



2016 MX5 Cup – Silverstone Race Report

MX5’s are the stars of Silverstone


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 (


2016 MX5 Cup – Cadwell Park Race Report

Comber and Sycamore take fourth wins


An over-capacity 29 cars took to the Cadwell Park Circuit for Rounds 13 and 14 of the 5 Club Racing MX5 Cup. On adjusted scores, just seven points separated Jack Sycamore, Sam Smith, Will Blackwell-Chambers and Ben Short heading to Lincolnshire, make good results vital.


Triple Anglesey winner Mike Comber continued his strong momentum and posted the quickest time in Qualifying. He found a clear lap and posted a 1:45.71. That time was almost two tenths quicker than championship contender Blackwell-Chambers. WBC beat Short by just 0.02 seconds though. Attempting to hold on to the championship lead Sycamore came fourth.


Sebastien Fisher set the fifth fastest time and a further four other drivers posted a time within a second of pole man Comber, proving the competitiveness of the 5 Club series even on the tricky Cadwell Park. Adam Bessell, Samuel Smith, Jason Greatrex and Sam Smith were the drivers that also lapped within a second of Comber.

Race 1

Comber made a strong enough start to lead into Coppice Corner. Blackwell-Chambers followed him throughout the distance and was never more than a second behind. Despite this he was unable to make a serious assault for the lead. So, instead he settled for important championship points – beating his main three rivals.


Sycamore attempted to get ahead of WBC on the third tour at the Mountain but ended up using a grassy route up the famous hill. That allowed his team-mate Bessell to move ahead. Sycamore had to avoid a Bessell at Mansfield on the following lap which caused the championship leader to take an extremely grassy and bumpy route back to the circuit. That promoted slow-starting Short to fourth. Sycamore fell to eighth.


Bessell, struggling with his brakes, fell down the order as the race went on and after falling to sixth arrived at Park with complete brake failure and wiped out fourth placed Fisher. Short held on to third with Sycamore being promoted to fourth. He had already repassed Samuel Smith and Greatrex – who completed the top six.


On the tail of Greatrex, Sam Smith could only manage seventh and was the lowest finisher of the four headline championship contenders. Sam Tatler held off Harry Deane for eighth after a race-long scrap. The pair made the most of a spin for Roger Chesneau on lap two. Chesneau completed the race down in 18th.


Scott Leach moved past Marcus Bailey on lap eight to complete the top ten. Ben Hancy, who was also involved in that battle, came twelfth. Christian Young took 13th and led home a five car battle. He beat Stephen Craggs, Scott Aprigliano, Ian Tomlinson and Mark Willetts. Aprigliano headed the battle at the start of the final lap but lost out to both Young and Craggs on that crucial tenth lap.


Race 2

The race results of race one set the grid for the second encounter and it was great to see both Fisher and Bessell make their way through the field after their unlucky race one incident.


Comber, who was hoping to make it five in a row, made it rather more difficult for himself with a slow start and he was scored in only fourth at the end of the opening tour. That left Blackwell-Chambers at the head of the pack. Short, who was four seconds behind in race one, made quick work of WBC and moved to the front on the second lap.


Sycamore followed Short through on the following tour and set after race leader, Short. Contact between the pair on the seventh lap saw Short drop to fourth. Sycamore went on to lead and held off the close attentions of Blackwell-Chambers and Comber to take his first victory since Croft in May.


Confusing everyone the two two Sam Smith’s battled for fifth. Sam (31) beat Samuel (42) with a pass on the seventh tour. A spin on lap two eliminated Greatrex from that battle.
Tatler held on to seventh, despite the close attentions of Deane. The latter passing Leach on lap three. Bailey completed the top ten with the charging Bessell and Fisher catching. The pair passing sixteen cars over the distance.


Young once again headed a great scrap. He beat Craggs and Willetts with Chesneau, Hancy and Matthew Short a bit further back.


The fantastic tight, twisty, undulating Cadwell Park once again created some excellent Mazda racing. At the completion of the event both Mike Comber and Jack Sycamore are the most winning drivers, on four. Strong weekends for Short and in particular, Blackwell-Chambers have also assisted their championship battle heading to Silverstone over the 20th and 21st of August. Rounds at Rockingham and Donington Park will follow to make up a busy, twenty round calendar.

Full Race Results

Words: Joshua Barrett

Pictures: Jonathan Elsey (


2016 MX5 Cup – Snetterton Race Report

Blackwell-Chambers double


After Croft, it was decided that Jack Sycamore would be off to Europe to compete for a place in the Global Cup due to being the championship leader. However, the 5 Club Racing MX-5 Cup continued at Snetterton for rounds eight and nine of the Championship.

Thirty-nine cars headed out to qualify for the largest 5 Club entry and it was Will Blackwell-Chambers that won twice.


Newcomer to the championship, Brian Trott set the quickest time in the 15 minute qualifying session, setting a time of 2:21.86. He beat Will Blackwell-Chambers by an impressive four tenths of a second. Ben Short and Samuel Smith were also able to lap within a second of the pole man around the three mile circuit.

After a stint in the Club Enduro the day prior, championship leader Sycamore went fifth with Sam Smith and Marcus Bailey close in pursuit. Roger Chesneau, Harry Deane and Jason Greatrex completed the top ten. Mike Comber was excluded due to be underweight, so would have to start the opening race with a ten second penalty.

Race 1

Blackwell-Chambers immediately transformed his front row start into the race lead for the opening of two fifteen minute plus one lap encounters. He was followed by defending champion, Ben Short. The pair ran nose-to-tail throughout but Short couldn’t find a way ahead, which allowed Blackwell-Chambers to take his second victory of the season. Short finished second, two thirds of a second behind.

Samuel Smith also passed pole man Trott off the start but by the time they got to Brundle, Trott was back into third and was followed by Sycamore.

Trott pitted with a mechanical issue at half-distance which promoted Sycamore onto the podium. Samuel Smith had also fallen further down the pecking order, which meant Sam Smith battled with Sycamore. The sixth lap saw a change for that position with Smith getting ahead and holding on to finish third with Sycamore behind.


Samuel Smith passed Sam Tatler on the final lap to get fifth place back with Greatrex, Bailey and Sebastien Fisher close behind. However, Tatler was at the back of that train on the penultimate lap. The five cars completed the eight lap race separated by just a second.

Deane dropped off the battle ahead at half-distance and finished tenth with Chesneau behind.


Ian Tomlinson beat Grant Williamson and Paul Bateman. Comber took fifteenth after coming from the back with the penalty. He just beat Mark Willetts by 0.03 seconds. He gained three positions on the final lap alone after also moving ahead of Scott Leach and Christian Young had an off.

The top twenty was completed by Matthew Short, Tom Smith and Stuart Brittle.

Race 2

The second race grid is set by the finishing order of race one so Blackwell-Chambers had no one to pass off the line and he sprinted into the lead. He had Short and Sam Smith nearby throughout.


But he never looked back and made it a double victory. Race two saw a slightly larger winning margin, this time a second. Smith had a few looks to pass Short but couldn’t do it so stayed third.


Sycamore had a fairly lonely race to come fourth. Samuel Smith worked his way ahead of Tatler at Hamilton on the third lap. Smith pushed on and finished just over a second ahead of Sycamore.

Tatler slowed on the final lap with an engine issue and dropped to tenth. He had a broken HT lead, leaving the car on three cylinders. That promoted the flying Trott to sixth – he started 30th.


Greatrex just held off Comber to complete the race in seventh. Fisher finished just under a second behind the pair ahead.


Bailey passed Chesneau on the final lap to finish eleventh. Tomlinson and Deane finished behind. Leach, Short, Williamson, Dan Stewart, Tom Smith and Scott Aprigliano completed the top 20.


With Will Blackwell-Chambers taking a double victory, that brings him closer into the championship battle heading to the triple header at Anglesey. It’s a very tight battle this year at the head of field with five different race winners and others well in contention for the title.

Full Race Results

Words: Joshua Barrett

Pictures: Jonathan Elsey (


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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