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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2018 MX5 Cup Championship Open For Business

Hi everyone,

Good news, the 2018 MX5 Cup Championship sponsored by Davanti is open for business, registrations for the championship are purchased on-line with our fully automated system.

As an added incentive we have a £35 Coupon offer available until the 15th January 2018 Just enter the following code during registration : 2018PREREG35D

MX5 Cup Championship Regulations [DRAFT]

To register 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.

Thanks
Darren and Alyn

 

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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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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.

Thanks
Darren and Alyn

 

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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

Regards
Alyn

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2016 MX5 Cup – Donington Race Report

Blackwell-Chambers secures championship

 

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 (www.jonelseyphotography.photoshelter.com)

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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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