Bumper MX-5 SuperCup grid is packed full of eastern promise as the championship heads to Snetterton

Championship leader Luke Herbert is on a roll after a hat-trick of wins at Oulton Park. Pic: JON ELSEY

Well, what superlatives could you possibly use to sum up the first half of this year’s BRSCC Mazda MX-5 SuperCup season? Well, a lot actually! We’ve seen nail-biting finishes, dramatic action, incredible pack racing and phenomenally large grids throughout the first four meetings of the year. With the level of driving talent as high as it’s ever been, one has to wonder just what the second half of 2017 has in store. Snetterton in Norfolk will help us begin to find out the answer as another bumper grid of 38 equally matched racing roadsters takes to the tarmac.

So, who are the main contenders at this point? Leading table is 2012 champion Luke Herbert, who rebounded from a tricky Silverstone weekend to pick up three superb wins at Oulton Park. This now puts him four points ahead of Tom Roche, who also has three victories to his name and is seriously gunning for that coveted SuperCup title he’s missed out on twice before. Just perched behind them are Liam Murphy and Jonathan Greensmith, with the former having always been a threat around the top five throughout this campaign, while the latter has taken a little bit of time to get back up to speed in his new car but now appears to have found the groove.

2015 Mk1 MX-5 champion Brian Chandler has also had to adapt to SuperCup life pretty quickly and fifth in the table is his just rewards, but behind him sits a driver who definitely will feel he should be higher in the standings. Jack Harding has a win and six podiums to his name this year, but has also had his share of bad luck. This weekend he’ll be determined to make up for lost ground.

There are plenty of other drivers who have impressed this season and have the pace to win but just haven’t had the luck to grab one. Reigning champion James Blake-Baldwin is one of them as a mix of fortunes have left him languishing in the middle of a very populated table, so Snetterton will be another chance for him to re-discover his 2016 form. Carl Garnett has been steadily getting quicker and quicker with every race he completes, while Ben Short is also managing to get to grips with a Mk3 MX-5 as two podiums at Silverstone showed. Mike Comber, Sam Tatler, Aidan Hills and Steve Roberts are also drivers that could produce a surprise or two. Roberts in particular showed the kind of pace at Oulton Park that was reminiscent of his BMW Compact Cup title winning days, so if he can rediscover it this weekend, he’ll be a dark horse to watch out for.

Garry Townsend sits at the top of the popular Masters contest for drivers aged 45 and over, ahead of Alec Livesley and Simon Fleet, who will be competing for the second weekend in a row as he’ll be fresh from his Formula Ford adventures at Donington Park last weekend. Others who will be keen to take points off the top three will be Geoff Gouriet, Jeremy Crook and George Grant, the man behind one of our championship sponsors Clapham North MOT.

Last year it was 2015 champion Alan Henderson and eventual 2016 champ James Blake-Baldwin who shared the victor’s laurels on the SuperCup’s last visit to Norfolk. The championship returns this year sporting a very different dynamic with many people at a loss as to who to predict as a race winner, given the level of driving talent on display. Whatever happens, excitement, drama and plenty of action will be in store as the second half of the season begins!

Confirmed Entry List

1                    James Blake-Baldwin                                                                       

2                    Jonathan Greensmith                                                                       

3                    Liam Murphy                                                                                         

7                    Alex Miller                                                                       

8                    Andy Coombs  (M)                                                                       

9                    Alec Livesley (M)                                                                       

10                  William Sharpe  (M)                                                                       

13                  Gregg Catton  (M)                                                                       

14                  Jake Bailey                                                                       

17                  Nicholas Dunn                                                                       

19                  Carl Garnett                                                                       

21                  Simon Fleet (M)                                                                       

23                  Adam Bessell                                                                       

25                  Tom Roche                                                                       

26                  Duncan Harris (M)                                                                       

27                  Jim Hart  (M)                                                                       

35                  Alex King                                                                       

36                  David Henderson                                                                       

43                  Jack Harding

50                  Luke Herbert

56                  Steve Roberts                                                                       

58                  Mike Comber                                                                       

66                  Sam Tatler                                                                       

67                  Simon Orange  (M)

68                  Ben Short                                                                       

69                  George Grant  (M)                                                                                                                                              

76                  Richard Wicklen                                                                       

77                  Jeremy Crook  (M)                                                                       

80                  Aidan Hills 

85                  Ian McDonald  (M)

88                  Colin Bysouth                                                                       

93                  Aldo Riti  (M)                                                                       

100                  Mark Holme  (M) 

146                  Craig Denman                                                                      

176                  Brian Chandler                 

192                  Will Stacey                                                     

196                  Oliver Bowen                                                                       

223                  Garry Townsend  (M)                 

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