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The MX-5 SuperCup moves onto Castle Combe...

The dauntingly fast Castle Combe circuit will be the venue for the next two rounds of Britain’s premier Mazda MX-5 Championship this coming bank holiday Monday, where another packed grid of identical cars will be fighting to be the first one to the chequered flag in this intensely competitive championship. It will be a busy day for the SuperCup drivers, with 2 races and 4 sessions in total squeezed into the timetable of the one day meeting.

The SuperCup returns to Castle Combe for the first time since April 2013, which was in fact the inaugural round of the BRSCC Championship! Just 7 cars took to the grid then but since 2013 the championship has blossomed and now in 2015 another bumper grid of cars is expected to descend on the Wiltshire circuit.

 

The first ever MX-5 SuperCup Race back in 2013!

 

So far two drivers have made a clear statement about their intentions for this season; Jonathan Clements and Alan Henderson have each won two races from the first 4 rounds of the championship and sit at the top of the points table. Chasing them hard however, have been the likes of Simon Goddard, James Blake-Baldwin and Liam Murphy.

Simon Goddard consolidated his third place in the overall standings with some good points scoring finishes in the races at Rockingham, but he’ll definitely be looking to get back onto the podium at Castle Combe. James Blake-Baldwin and Liam Murphy currently sit disappointingly low in the table thanks to some poor luck so far for both drivers in the opening races of the season, but they’ve been right on the front running pace at all times and when the championships dropped scores system comes into effect they can still be right there challenging for the title.

Circuit racing novices John Munro and Ben Webster have made a great start to their campaigns in the SuperCup, so far having been battling with far more experienced racers on the outskirts of the top 10. They’ll be ones to watch during the races as they continue to gain experience and improve their race craft.

The Castle Combe track is a traditional airfield circuit, with fast sweeping bends intersected by flowing chicanes and with minimal run off at all points making it a real challenge for the drivers, but it’s one that is perfectly suited to the cars of the MX-5 SuperCup. What they lack in outright power, they more than make up for with their grip and balance through the corners.

A favourite with spectators and drivers, Castle Combe is one of the fastest circuits in the country and the MX-5 Mk3s will be well into triple figures before braking for Quarry Corner at the beginning of the lap. Previously famous for its bumpy nature the track has been resurfaced over the winter months and now boasts a smooth and grippy racing surface over the majority of the lap. Expect the 2013 lap record to be comfortably bettered especially with the improvements to the cars themselves since then (weather permitting of course!).

Combe will host rounds 5 and 6 of the championship after which dropped scores will come into play in the points table, this could mean a big shakeup in the standings come Monday evening!

Championship Standings: http://www.mx5supercup.co.uk/standings

Meeting timetable: http://www.mx5supercup.co.uk/download.php?id=40

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