BRIT WINS MX-5 GLOBAL CUP PLACE

All­wood will race at La­guna Seca

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish Photos: Jakob Ebrey, kart­pix.net

Mazda MX-5 racer Oliver All­wood has won a place in the Global MX-5 Cup event at La­guna Seca in Septem­ber after a shootout at Barcelona ear­lier this month.

All­wood was lead­ing the points in the BRSCC’S MX-5 Mk1 cham­pi­onship at the end of May and there­fore won a place in the Euro­pean fi­nal. He was then one of five suc­cess­ful rac­ers to se­cure a drive in the Amer­i­can event.

“I was a lit­tle sur­prised to get a place but I’m re­ally ex­cited about it,” said All­wood, who is in his sec­ond full sea­son of rac­ing MX-5S. “The week­end in Barcelona was quite nerve-wrack­ing and tough – there were a lot of good driv­ers so to get selected is pretty spe­cial.

“My ex­pec­ta­tion was it was go­ing to be who was the fastest but they had mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines. There was drift­ing, short cir­cuit rac­ing, sim rac­ing, fit­ness tests as well as driv­ing the Global Cup car. It was all about con­sis­tency and mak­ing pro­gres­sion. The difficulty was know­ing how far you needed to push be­cause I didn’t want to make a mis­take.

“The other driv­ers weren’t com­plete novices, even those that had won the sim rac­ing com­pe­ti­tion, so I am very pleased to get a place.”

He had to quickly turn his at­ten­tions back to Bri­tain as he took part in the lat­est Mk1 races at Brands Hatch last week­end, fin­ish­ing sixth and fifth.

All­wood was one of two AB Motorsport driv­ers to take part in the event, with Jack Sy­camore from the 750 Mo­tor Club’s MX-5 Cup also com­pet­ing. Team boss Ali Bray said: “This year is un­be­liev­able for the team. It’s good to have a large amount of great driv­ers.

“I said to Oliver and Jack re­gard­less of what hap­pens, they still need to think about win­ning [their own] ti­tles!”

Alan Hen­der­son, from the MX-5 Su­per­cup, was the other driver to make it to Barcelona.

Seyfried most re­cently raced in Clios All­wood cur­rently com­petes in Mk1 car All­wood will race Mk4 Global Cup car in the US

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