MAZDA OF­FERS UP US PRIZE DRIVES

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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.”

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