Chandler continues to win
Anglesey saw the first triple header for the 5 Club Racing MX5 Cup. It was the fourth meeting of the season and saw rounds 7, 8 and 9 of the series. 22 cars made the trip to Wales for three exciting races.
Ben Short was the second quickest driver and was the only other driver to be within a second of Chandler as the pair prepared for another battle between the two of them.
Ed Gay set the third fastest time ahead of Sam Gendy, Andrew Coombs and Jonathan Hughes who completed the top six.
Gay ran in third before having to retire on lap four which allowed Gendy to take that position. Gendy was able to maintain a gap to James Rogers, who had worked his way up from seventh on the grid, to take the third spot on the podium.
Matthew Short and Daniel Stewart were involved in a tight tussle for seventh place and Short took the position on the final lap to ensure the place was his.
Chandler made it a lights-to-flag victory in race two and took nearly a six second victory over Ben Short. Once again, the pair were well clear of the rest of the field which was headed by Rogers.
Gay provided a magnificent drive as he fought his way through from last on the grid to catch the battle for third in the final stages.
Coombs and Hughes were embroiled in a good battle for sixth with Coombs coming out on top. The pair were chased by Matthew Short who caught them on the final lap but was never able to put in a real challenge to take a higher position. Sycamore, Shepsman and Aghem were next up just over a second behind Short.
The third and final race saw the tightest battle between Ben Short and Chandler. Short, like in race one, made the better start and charged into the lead as Gendy briefly was in front of Chandler. It took until lap seven for Chandler to take the lead from Short and he was then only able to pull out a margin of 0.76 seconds as Short chased him all the way to the line. Chandler has competed in seven of the nine races this season – and has won each one of them!
Gay once again didn’t make it to the flag which gifted Rogers fifth place after a tight battle with Sycamore. Coombs ran in fourth in the early stages but dropped back to seventh and had a lonely end to his race. He beat Aghem who passed Matthew Short for eighth on lap nine.
Darren Griffin finished second in both encounters but was unable to touch Mutch.
Micky Scott and John Potter took a third and fourth place each with Slyvia Mutch completing the top five on both occasions.
Both the MX150R’s and the MX5’s will be out on circuit over 23-24 August at the Silverstone International Circuit. The weekend looks to be a real thriller, especially for the MX5 Cup as the Silverstone Circuit should provide some real slipstreaming fun. The weekend will be running out of the Grand Prix ‘Wing’ pits too. Join us there to find out if anybody can break Brian Chandler’s run of race victories.
Words: Joshua Barrett
Pictures: Jonathan Elsey (www.jonelseyphotography.photoshelter.com)