SuperCup heads to the wild west Welsh coast

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Welshman Tom Roche will be hoping that home advantage will help him close in on Luke Herbert at Anglesey this weekend. Pic: JON ELSEY

This weekend brings another potentially thrilling Mazda MX-5 SuperCup meeting, with rounds 16, 17 and 18 taking place on the westerly windswept isle of Anglesey.

After an exciting trio of races last time at Snetterton, the title battle is now all the more interesting. Luke Herbert, 2012 champion in Mk3s, currently heads the table from “Mr MX-5” Tom Roche and the pair shared wins at Snetterton (two to one in Herbert’s favour). Herbert also leads in terms of victories for the season, with five compared to Roche’s four, leaving just a 13 point gap between them at the top and everything still all to play for. Roche would dearly love to finally recapture the elusive SuperCup title that’s evaded him on two occasions (2014 and 2016). He’ll hope it’s third time lucky in 2017, however given Herbert’s form of late we know it simply won’t be that easy!

That said, the same also applies to what is shaping up to be an almighty fight for third place in the points. Currently Liam Murphy (third-placed man in 2015) holds firm, however the gap to rivals directly below him is rather slim, meaning he cannot afford a bad result. In fact, no one can at this stage, with the final few races in sight. Liam will have to fend off the likes of Jonathan Greensmith, Jack Harding, Brian Chandler and Ben Short, with all five drivers separated by less than 100 points. Expect the order of this little group to change more than once before season is out!

The rest of the current top ten is populated by some equally talented drivers who are all capable of popping up and scoring decent results, with Carl Garnett, Mike Comber and Sam Tatler all showing flashes of brilliance throughout this season. More 2017 regulars will also be out to impress with Aidan Hills, Nick Dunn, Simon Orange, Garry Townsend and Richard Wicklen all in attendance. There is also due to be a guest appearance from last year’s Fiesta Championship champion Alastair Kellett, who makes his way across the Irish Sea to compete in a Mazda for the first time.

Masters honours will also be hard fought with key names to watch out for here including George Grant, (the man behind championship sponsor Clapham North MOT), Jeremy Crook, Duncan Harris, Steve Dolman and Simon Fleet, while Paul Sheard has decided to come out and play once again in one of his self-prepared Mk3s.

As always, there are plenty of drivers still finding their feet and coming back for more after getting their first taste of MX-5 SuperCup racing in the last couple of rounds. Mark Holme and Aldo Riti have returned, as have William Sharpe and Oliver Payne, whilst Steve Boyles has decided to bring along sibling Ashley for some circuit-based fun by the coast.

The undulating track at Anglesey has always produced fantastic racing for our MX-5 drivers and this season it’s arguably set to give the best racing the SuperCup has ever put on in North Wales. The ongoing fight for the title between Herbert and Roche will be fascinating to watch, but there will also be other developing stories across the weekend. Let’s head west!

Confirmed entries

2 Jonathan Greensmith

3 Liam Murphy

7 Alex Miller

9 Alec Livesley (M)

10 William Sharpe (M)

11 Nathan Bell

13 Gregg Catton (M)

14 Jake Bailey

17 Nicholas Dunn

18 Paul Sheard (M)

19 Carl Garnett

21 Simon Fleet (M)

23 Adam Bessell

25 Tom Roche

26 Duncan Harris (M)

29 Alastair Kellett

35 Alex King

43 Jack Harding

50 Luke Herbert

52 Steve Dolman (M)

53 Steven Boyles / Ashley Boyles

66 Sam Tatler

67 Simon Orange (M)

68 Ben Short

69 George Grant (M)

76 Richard Wicklen

77 Jeremy Crook (M)

80 Aidan Hills

81 Oliver Payne

176 Brian Chandler

223 Garry Townsend (M)

Next Race

The race calendar will be announced shortly.

Last Race

Donington Park (National) 14th - 15th Oct 2017

Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Luke Herbert 2227 2055
2 Tom Roche 2264 2042
3 Jack Harding 2199 1923