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!
Going all the way back to January 2020, I had a full year of racing related plans all ready to go. Starting with racing a Peugeot 208 in Lédenon, a 24 hour race at Magny-Cours in the same car, a few rounds of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Supercup, and a full season of the C1 Challenge with Harvey Racing Team. With a few more events provisionally lined up, it was going to be a great year for racing.
Obviously, 2020 wasn't the year anyone expected or wanted. In terms of racing, for me it went from a year chock full of events to a single Citroen C1 race at Donington Park. A really great track and a fun race, but not the most action packed calendar for a year's racing!
For 2021 (perhaps a little optimistically) I'm excited to say I've put together an even better race calendar than what was planned for 2020.