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 (www.jrphoto.co)