MX-5 Supercup & Mazda MX-5 Championship

 

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Luke Herbert (centre) secures the hard-fought 2017 BRSCC MX-5 SuperCup title from Tom Roche (left) and Donington triple race winner Jack Harding (right). Pic: JON ELSEY

Congratulations to Luke Herbert, who swept all before him to claim the 2017 BRSCC Mazda MX-5 SuperCup crown in what was arguably the championship’s most competitive season ever.

After a four-year absence the 27-year-old from Bognor Regis made a stunning return to the series, adding this year’s hard-fought title to the one he secured in 2012. That’s not to say that he had it all his own way as Welshman Tom Roche pushed him right down to the wire. Not for the first time multiple Mk1 MX-5 champion Roche found himself within touching distance of the title entering the final round, sitting a mere 13 points behind Herbert prior to the Donington decider.

However anyone backing the two championship protagonists for the final three race wins would be sorely disappointed. As again, again – and once again, Yorkshireman Jack Harding took the Leicestershire laurels. His trio of victories rewarded him with third place in the final standings following a titanic tussle with Liam Murphy and Jon Greensmith.

But despite Harding’s lights-to-flag dominance in Race 1, all eyes were fixed on the championship battle being played out in his wake as Herbert and Roche completed the podium.

The second exciting encounter saw Harding joined by two different podium pals in Murphy and Greensmith, with Roche taking the flag in fifth on that occasion while Herbert couldn’t better seventh.

With everything on the line heading into the last race, Harding completed his hat-trick, in a carbon copy of the Race 2 rostrum with Murphy and Greensmith. Roche claimed fourth, but it wasn’t enough to stop Herbert becoming the well deserved champion.

There was a second title battle to be resolved too as the SuperCup Masters competition drew to a close in equally riveting fashion. Garry Townsend, Alec Livesley and Simon Fleet were all in with a chance of getting their hands on the coveted cup for the Over 45s but ultimately it was Rugby racer Townsend who won that honour.

The successful drivers will collect their silverware at the traditional end of season glitzy awards dinner, held on the first weekend of November.

2017 has been the most successful year in the championship’s history, in terms of driver numbers and level of competition with multiple former champions from a range of series peppering the starting grids at each event.

This season will be a tough act to follow but the majority of 63 registered drivers will head into the winter knowing the championship will be part of the support package for the new high profile TCR UK Championship next year. Who will join them for that challenge?

The final breakdown of results via TSL Timing can be found here – DONINGTON RESULTS.

JON ELSEY

Courtesy of BRSCC 2017

 

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The MX-5 SuperCup is set to grow and prosper even more alongside TCR UK – Photo: Jon Else

The British Racing & Sports Car Club (BRSCC) is pleased to announce that it has chosen the Mazda MX-5 SuperCup as the second confirmed series to join the TCR UK Championship support package for its inaugural season in 2018.

The Mazda MX-5 SuperCup comes off the back of a very successful and competitive 2017 season where its levels of popularity and competition have surpassed any which the championship has reached in previous years, making it one of the success stories of the British club motorsport season. This statement is validated due to entry numbers having averaged 38 cars per weekend across the eight race meeting calendar this year, with further interest growing ahead of 2018.

The BRSCC have decided to place the Mazda MX-5 SuperCup as a permanent fixture within a high-profile motorsport paddock, ensuring that a competitive sports car element would feature amongst a significant national championship support package. Therefore, it has been deemed a perfect choice to fill in a place alongside TCR UK, a cost-effective touring car formula that has already established itself around the world with several regional and national series as well as the top-line TCR International Series.

For 2018, the Mazda MX-5 SuperCup will take on the same calendar that TCR UK has already unveiled, so therefore the start of the season takes place on the Silverstone National circuit in Northamptonshire on March 31st/ April 1st. From there, the SuperCup will travel up north and over the border to Scotland where it will tackle the Knockhill circuit in Fife in May, before heading back down south again to the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent in June. July marks the mid-point of the season on the high-speed Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire, followed by a real drivers’ favourite at Oulton Park in Cheshire in August. The final two meetings of 2018 see the SuperCup go north once again to Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire, before the season ends in sensational fashion on October 13/14 on the National circuit at Donington Park in Leicestershire.

Competing drivers within the SuperCup can boast experience of both racing in and winning several high-profile and popular club level championships, pitting themselves against the best of the regular series drivers, all driving the Mk3 2.0 Sport version of the Mazda MX-5 sports car. The profile of the SuperCup is only set to get bigger and better as it is set to gain further recognition within club motorsport and sports car racing circles.

Mandy Andrew, Championship Co-ordinator, BRSCC Mazda MX-5 SuperCup – “This is a fantastic achievement and an honour for the MX-5 SuperCup to be supporting the new TCR UK Championship for 2018.  We have our committed drivers, who have created full grids through the season and display such close, competitive racing to thank for this recognition. I’m very proud of everything we’ve achieved together as a championship and have every confidence that the SuperCup will go on to reach new heights in 2018. I would like to say thank you to the BRSCC for their support, and both I and the SuperCup paddock are greatly looking forward to next season already.

Dominic Ostrowski, Competitions Manager, BRSCC – “This year’s Mazda MX-5 SuperCup has been incredibly successful. The numbers have continued to grow over the 2017 season with more and more new drivers interested in trying their hand at mastering the Mk3 Mazda MX-5. We feel that the SuperCup is a perfect addition to the TCR UK package, giving many of our current and prospective drivers a real chance to shine in front of a high-profile audience at some of the UK’s finest circuits. We’re very excited to see what the SuperCup will produce in 2018, and we’re very confident that it will do itself justice and continue to prosper.

 

 

Videos updated with rounds 16,17 & 18 from Anglesey

The MX-5 Supercup is one of the most exciting, one make racing series in the  U.K and hotly contested.

No other UK championship offers such close and competitive racing between identical modern production sports cars, this cost effectively! Former champions and race winners in the MX-5 Mk3 championship have gone on to successfully compete in series such as the British GT Championship, Ginetta GT4 Supercup and the Renault UK Clio Cup, showing that the MX-5 SuperCup attracts and creates some of Britain’s best driving talent, including the likes of former BTCC race winner Paul O’Neill.  courtesy of BRSCC.

The 2016 season was another successful year with over 60 drivers registered for the Championship, with over 40 cars turning out for the season finale at Silverstone in October. For 2017, we are expecting further growth and a great calendar of eight meetings, featuring twenty four races is in place, meaning all meetings this season will be triple-headers (3 races per weekend). The season starts on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in April, whilst other popular circuits such as Silverstone, Cadwell Park & Oulton Park are also on the calendar before the season reaches a dramatic conclusion with the finale at the Donington Park National circuit in October.

courtesy of BRSCC

Calendar of races

Circuit Date Format
Brands Hatch (Indy) 8th – 9th Apr 2017 3 Races
Cadwell Park 6th – 7th May 2017 3 Races
Silverstone (National) 27th – 28th May 2017 3 Races
Oulton Park (International) 17th Jun 2017 3 Races
Snetterton 300 15th – 16th Jul 2017 3 Races
Anglesey (International) 5th – 6th Aug 2017 3 Races
Croft 16th – 17th Sep 2017 3 Races
Donington Park (National) 14th – 15th Oct 2017 3 Races

This videos give you a flavour of the competition.

Rounds 16,17 & 18 from Anglesey.

 

The CURRENT top 10 drivers are :

 

Current
1 Luke Herbert
2 Tom Roche
3 Liam Murphy
4 Jonathan Greensmith
5 Jack Harding
6 Ben Short
7 Brian Chandler
8 Sam Tatler
9 Carl Garnett
10 Aidan Hills

The rounds  at Croft  on 16th – 17th Sep 2017

Rounds 19, 20, and 21

MX-5 Supercup Rounds 19, 20 ,21 Croft

 

 

Results tables are courtesy of BRSCChttp://www.mx5supercup.co.uk/standings

If you would like to follow the races live, but can’t be there you can follow qualifying through to the race, see lap times and the final race results.

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