The BRSCC hosted a MX5 weekend at Snetterton, with the Mini Se7en, Miglia, Clubsport Trophy and Zeo Prototype also featuring.
Fraser Franz Fenwick completed the treble victory in the hotly contested MX5 Championship. Fenwick was made to work hard in all three races, with Tom Smith pushing him all the way in the first outing, Seb Fisher headed a train of cars for the final podium spot. The Greatrex pairing of Jason and Callum rounded the podium off in the the sound outing fighting off Luke Pullen. Pullen went one better in the final round finishing third, with experienced MX5 racer Mike Comber finishing in second.
Another big grid of MX5’s featured in the clubman championship. Guest driver Thomas Langford won a tight opener by just over a tenth from Matthew Fletcher and Declan Mcdonnell a further seven seconds back. The podium would be reversed in the second race, a train of eight cars broke away with Mcdonnell finishing ahead of Fletcher and Langford all within seven tenths of each other.
The MX5 Supercup hosted three races across the weekend, Richard Amos winning two of the three races, which certainly wasn’t plain sailing. Race long leader Leigh Britten in race one tangled with Patrick Fletcher on the last lap, a drag race to the line saw Amos beat James Cossins by 0.036 seconds with Britten rounding the podium off. Adam Bessell enjoyed a better race start to race two to hold off Fletcher and Amos to win by 0.034 seconds. Amos had a tight battle with Colin Bysouth in the final race, the pair clashing at Agostini twice, resulting in Bysouth collecting a time penalty which dropped him to third. Amos was able to hold off Will Blackwell-Chambers by less then two tenths for victory.
The Mini Miglia races were a close affair as expected. No less then six cars were in the lead battle in race one, the lead changing lap on lap between Jeff Smith, Aaron Smith, Kane Astin and Rupert Deeth. Jeff Smith leading on the penultimate lap but couldn’t hold on as Deeth grabbed the lead to hang on for victory ahead of Aaron Smith as he moved ahead of Jeff. The partially reversed second race saw Jeff Smith lead for several laps as the same trio tussled for the victory. It was Aaron Smith that hit the front and stayed there just over a tenth ahead of Jeff Smith with Kane Astin rounding the podium off after leading mid way.
Mini Se7en’s had a trio break away from the main pack, Connor O’Brien leading the majority of the race ahead of Mike Jordan and Joe Thompson. Jordan made his move late into the race to snatch the victory. In the S Class Michael Winkworth secured double victory, that wasn’t without drama as he didn’t get a good getaway but fought his way through to win. O’Brien enjoyed a comfortable win by over eight seconds in the second outing with Thompson and Jordan rounding the podium off.
The mini endurance race of the Clubsport Trophy was a close affair at the top. Pole sitter Liam Crilly in his BMW Z4 led the way initially, hot on his heels was Malcolm Edeson in his BMW Compact, Edeson passed Crilly before the pit stops handing the car over to David Shead. Crilly chased down Shead for the race duration, Crilly couldn’t find a way past as Shead defended race long to win by less then five tenths. Class B saw Mark Burton in his newly acquired BMW e46 finish comfortably ahead of Alfie Jenkins in his Class B Civic. Burton putting a strong display finishing ahead of Class A cars in the process and finishing third overall. It was a BMW win in all classes apart from Tom Seldon winning class D in his Mazda Supercup.
Mike Jenvey dominated the Zeo Prototypes comfortably finishing ahead of the Graham Chapman and Jason Rishover. Race two saw Chapman not start, this allowed Andy Chittenden who retired in race one to finish second still some sixteen seconds behind Jenvey.
Snetterton saw the largest entry the series had ever received at the Norfolk circuit with a record 57 Citroen C1s lining up for the five-hour contest. The race itself was close at the front in the opening stages as the #Blessed and Emax Motorsport teams ran together and pulled away in their own private battle, with #Blessed taking the lead. Through the pit stops, both cars shared the top spot along with Oakley Motorsport, and then Ardcor Modelmakers, the four teams trading the lead between them, and heading into the final hour no less than 8 cars were still on the lead lap. After late pit stops shook out the true order of the race, it was Ardcor’s John Ardis and Mike Graham that came home as winners, ahead of Oakley Motorsport’s Graham Oakley and Harry Newman-Oakley, with Emax Motorsport’s Jake Little, James Little and Stuart Ratcliffe completing the podium.