MAZDA OFFERS UP US PRIZE DRIVES
Competitors in three UK Mazda MX-5 series will get the chance to win a drive in a fourth generation MX-5 Global Cup car at Laguna Seca in September.
The championship leaders at the end of May in the BRSCC’S MX-5 Championship and MX-5 Supercup, along with the 750 Motor Club’s MX-5 Cup, will take part in a European run-off in July.
They will compete with other MX-5 drivers from across Europe at Barcelona, along with virtual MX-5 racers, to win one of three places in the Global Cup race.
BRSCC competitions manager Dominic Ostrowski said: “The BRSCC is delighted to support the MX-5 Global Cup prize drive scheme. The club is proud to run two very competitive MX-5 championships and the opportunity to go to Barcelona, and then hopefully onto the Global Cup race at Mazda Raceway, will raise the bar in our Mk1 and Mk3 series even further. The drivers will be fighting tooth and nail to get on that plane. It’s also really gratifying to see Mazda taking notice of our popular championships.”
The 750MC’S Giles Groombridge added: “The prize is a unique opportunity and we are sure that the chance to be on the grid at Mazda Raceway will enhance what is already a hugely competitive series.”
Mazda ace Tom Roche, who currently leads the Mk1 MX-5 Championship, said: “It’s a great idea and most of all it’s nice to see a manufacturer recognising the strength of club racing. The numbers in both the Mk1 MX-5S and Supercup are strong so there will be a lot of competition for the shootout spot, so whoever gets it will have earned it.
“It’s definitely something to aim for and adds that bit of extra value to the series.”