This past weekend we raced at Silverstone GP, competing in both the MX5 SuperCup and the ClubSport Endurance race. It was a challenging weekend with mixed weather, a strong grid of drivers, and a few new faces who have won other championships. We had good pace in testing, but the race weekend presented its own challenges.
As well as the MX-5 SuperCup races, I also competed in an endurance race with the BRSCC ClubSport Trophy over the same weekend. I've done a few of these one-off races this year and it's great fun to mix it up with a really varied grid of other cars, as well as having to factor in a pit stop.
Still in the MX-5, with the same spec used for the MX-5 SuperCup, it's quite a bit slower than many of the front-running cars but the race is split up into performance based classes. The MX-5 ends up in Class D and competes with a number of other MX-5s as well as a few other cars like Toyota MR2s.
For the penultimate round of the 2022 season, we headed to Donington Park for three MX-5 SuperCup races around the GP track- a track that really suits the MX5 and is always good fun to drive. It was another chance to keep the run of solid qualifying performances and race results I've achieved through the season so far.
Coming into the final few rounds of my second year of the MX-5 SuperCup, this year has already been a huge improvement on last year. With a really solid weekend at Oulton Park last month, I really wanted to build on that momentum and land some more top ten finishes.
Cadwell Park was a painful round last year- probably my favourite track on the calendar, but the pace wasn't there in qualifying, and in race three I got caught up in someone else's accident at the start of the race and ended up with a DNF and a very beaten up car. The silver lining at least is that it shouldn't be too hard to improve on last years result!
A first time racing at Oulton Park, and the best results yet since starting in the MX-5 SuperCup!
Brands Hatch was the worst round for me back in 2021, with a terrible qualifying, poor race pace, and a big crash. Returning here in 2022 was a chance to fix past mistakes.
As well as racing in the two SuperCup races, this weekend also saw a return to racing the ClubSport Trophy endurance race. A 45 minute race against a huge grid of almost 60 cars around the Silverstone GP track.
In May we again headed to Silverstone- we raced here for the first round of the 2022 season on the International layout but now returned to race the full grand prix layout!
A full two days of testing before the race weekend saw us setting some decent pace, but unfortunately it all went a bit backwards when it came to the race weekend...
A change from the usual race weekend format- as well as racing in the MX-5 SuperCup at Snetterton, I also took part in the ClubSport Trophy for the first time- a 45 minute endurance race with a mix of different cars in different classes.
It was a great opportunity to get some more race time in the car and work on building some race craft, whilst having some fun battling amongst a very varied grid.
For the second race meeting of 2022, we headed to Snetterton. One of my favourite tracks on the calendar (and we're back here again in October), this weekend was more packed with racing than usual. As well as the usual three MX-5 Supercup races, I also entered the 45 minute ClubSport Trophy endurance race for some extra race time in the car- this meant a very hectic weekend of two lots of qualifying and four races- with all but one of the sessions taking place on the Saturday!
After what feels like an eternity, we're back racing!
Ending last year's racing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home of the Spanish GP, was an incredible experience. Now we're kicking off the 2022 MX-5 at the home of British motorsport, Silverstone.
After finishing the final race of the 2021 MX-5 Supercup, it was off to Barcelona for a one-off race in the GT-CER endurance race in a Clio Cup Mk4, sharing the track with a very varied grid, including other Clio Cup cars, MINI Challenge, GT4 cars, 911 Cup cars, TCR cars, etc.
Let's just say that for a final race of the year for a bit of extra fun, it did not disappoint!
That's a wrap to my first season of the MX-5 Supercup!
There's been highs, lows, and a few crashes along the way... which is as good a description for the whole season as it was for the last race meeting at Brands Hatch.
For the penultimate round of the 2021 season, we raced at Donington Park on the GP layout.
To sum it up in a word: Chaos.
Going back to where it all began: C1 racing at Pembrey!
A bit of a change of pace compared to the MX-5 Supercup, but last weekend took us back to Pembrey in South Wales for two 3 hour Citroen C1 endurance races.
With what feels like only a short break from Snetterton, we set off to Cadwell Park. Having never driven this track before, and with it's reputation as being a mini-Nürburgring with it's narrow, fast, cambered, and undulating layout with little run off, it was sure to be a weekend of avoiding contact...
July 31 saw the team head to Snetterton for a very busy day of racing. The normal timetable is to have Qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, and then Race 2 and 3 on Sunday. However, for the Snetterton race weekend both qualifying and all three races were packed into a single day, with little time to recover between races. Aside from being really hectic, it also meant it was extremely important to avoid damage because there was simply not enough time between races to fix anything.
Thankfully, there were no crashes, no contact, and I came away with my best race result to date! But overall, a bit of a bittersweet weekend.
The weekend of July 10-11 saw the latest round in the MX-5 Supercup head to Anglesey in North Wales. As a Welsh driver this feels like it should be something of a home race for me, but after a five hour drive to get there from Cardiff in South Wales it definitely didn't feel like a home race! The distance is one of the reasons I've never been to this track before, but after driving around here for three days I can see why it's so popular and I'm really looking forward to going back.
The race weekend was a bit of a mixed bag for me. For sure there were a lot of positives to take away from it, but with those came some pretty significant set-backs that definitely put a downer on things.
In short, the positives were great. Consistent improvement through testing, best qualifying result yet by far, improved race pace in the dry, and the best race result to date. The bad points? Well... Keep reading.
The past weekend saw round two of the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Supercup take place at the Silverstone National circuit, with qualifying on Saturday and three twenty minute races squeezed into a very busy Sunday timetable.
In short, there's few good things to draw from the weekend. A stone through the radiator during race two caused an engine failure resulting in a DNF (did not finish), and with only an hour or so before race three it was an impossible ask to get the spare engine fitted in time, resulting in a DNS (did not start) for that race.
Well, that's my first race meeting of the MX-5 Supercup over and done with. What a weekend!
Results wise it wasn't the best, but it was always going to be a tough learning curve joining one of the most competitive club level championships in the UK. Despite the results, there's so many positives to draw from it.
First of all, the entire weekend was just great fun, and ultimately that's what this is all about. Whilst there were no first places, there were a lot of other firsts: First time qualifying and racing the MX-5, first time driving the car in the wet, and first (and second...) time getting punted off the track. A lot to take in and learn from, but a really rewarding first three races and I'm raring to go for the next one.
Forget track days- piling into the first corner on lap 1 amongst 39 other cars, all vying for position, there's just nothing like it!