The SuperCup always tends to put on good racing every time they visit Oulton Park - Photo: Jon Elsey

We’re now well into the second half of the season for the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 SuperCup and, as always, the championship never fails to provide its fair share of dramatic twists and turns. Last time out at Castle Combe, it did just that with the complexion of the title race seeing a rather significant change.

With only two races run out of the three scheduled at Castle Combe due to unforeseen delays caused by incidents and subsequent barrier repairs, it turned out that picking up as many points as possible was going to be crucial. The weekend had started with a first ever SuperCup win for former BMW Compact Cup champion Steve Roberts, however his fortunes took a hammer blow when contact with championship contender James Blake-Baldwin in Race 2 left Roberts in the tyre wall and JB-B winning the race on the road, but being disqualified for his part in the incident. As a result, Blake-Baldwin lost all the points gained and with him unable to use the DQ as a dropped round, he has now slipped to 6th and more than 100 points behind his main rivals. Some would dare to say his title challenge is over, but James is one who never gives up so don’t count him out just yet.

What this now means is that at least 4 drivers are in contention at this stage, with the standout favourites being defending champion Luke Herbert and the on-form Jack Harding. Herbert hasn’t won a race since Brands Hatch, but has featured on the podium on multiple occasions since then. Oulton Park was a happy hunting ground for him last season with a hat-trick of wins, so perhaps this year will bring more of the same. Harding also had a worthwhile venture that day with two 2nd places, and after having won four races in 2018 already he’ll be hoping to keep his hot streak alive in Cheshire.

Another driver gaining ground fast is Aidan Hills. Last year’s Rookie of the Year has come on in leaps and bounds and as teammate to Herbert, he’s shown real pace and dogged determination. He’s been able to score at least one podium finish at every circuit he’s visited this season, but so far that first SuperCup win has eluded him. Many would agree that surely it’s only a matter of if rather than when it happens, and Aiden will be hoping that Oulton Park is the day it finally all comes together. Jonathan Greensmith is also one to watch with the former Porsche champion having snatched a win at Knockhill and appeared on the podium more than once since. While some would see him as something of an outside bet for the title, there’s still plenty of races still to run to see that all change.

Other drivers who will also be pushing to remain with the front runners include Simon Baldwin, Colin Bysouth, Jack Sycamore, Carl Garnett, Kristian White and Sam Tatler. All have made their mark on the top 10 at some stage and will all be waiting to pick up the pieces should the main title contenders hit strife and falter. There’s also the addition of names such as the returning Nick Dunn and James Harris to throw into the mix, with Harris’ last appearance being back at Silverstone. Talented youngster William Stacey will be looking to get himself back to form after a tentative return at Rockingham following his awful Silverstone accident. Having won a race there, Will must be hoping to get back on the podium soon.

Scott Woodwiss

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