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THE MK1 MX-5 – and soon a mk3 as well – cam­paigned by TWP Rac­ing com­petes in a multi-mar­que en­durance se­ries run by the 750 Mo­tor Club and called the Cartek

Club En­duro. Its classes are or­gan­ised on a power-to-weight ba­sis, and so the mk1 finds it­self com­pet­ing along­side the likes of an As­ton Martin V8 Van­tage car­ry­ing 160kg of bal­last. But there are sev­eral Mx-5-only se­ries and cham­pi­onships be­ing run in the UK, and some have been go­ing for so long that the grids are enor­mous – up to 60 cars in some cases.

So if you’ve ever fan­cied rac­ing an MX-5 against other iden­ti­cal cars, here’s a quick over­view of what Bri­tain has to of­fer.

MAZDA MX-5 CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Run by: BRSCC (Bri­tish Rac­ing and Sports Car Club)

Which MX-5?: Purely for mk1s

Sea­son: Early April to mid Oc­to­ber

What do I need to know?: The cham­pi­onship is billed as the gate­way into af­ford­able motorsport. Big grids – up to 60 cars – prove its pop­u­lar­ity. Race week­ends com­prise a 20-minute prac­tice ses­sion and three 20-minute races.

Web­site: www.brsc­c­mazda.com

5CLUB RAC­ING MX-5 CUP CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Run by: 750 Mo­tor Club Which MX-5?: 1.6-litre mk1s only

Sea­son: Be­gin­ning of April to start of Oc­to­ber

What do I need to know?: Cars are largely stan­dard – cru­cially, the en­gine – and the lim­ited mods can be made us­ing se­cond­hand parts. Of­ten with up to 60 cars want­ing to race on a week­end, the grid is split into A and B groups. Very friendly, so­cia­ble at­mos­phere. De­spite the se­ries’ pop­u­lar­ity, there are dis­sent­ing voices on the fo­rums…

Web­site: www.5clu­brac­ing.co.uk

MAX5 RAC­ING CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Run by: BARC (Bri­tish Au­to­mo­bile Rac­ing Club)

Which MX-5?: Mk1, mk3 and mk4

Sea­son: Late March to early Oc­to­ber

What do I need to know?: Al­though all three gen­er­a­tions race at the same time, they’re split into classes re­spec­tively. Some mild mod­i­fi­ca­tions are al­lowed but the ethos of the cham­pi­onship is to be af­ford­able with a rel­a­tively level play­ing field for com­peti­tors. Rac­ing can be close but the at­mos­phere is friendly and the events well or­gan­ised.

Web­site: www.max5rac­ing.co.uk

MAZDA MX-5 SUPERCUP

Run by: BRSCC

Which MX-5?: Purely for 2.0-litre mk3s

Sea­son: Early April to mid Oc­to­ber

What do I need to know?: Cars are sub­stan­tially race-pre­pared but use many ‘con­trol’ com­po­nents to lessen the chance of a tech­ni­cal ad­van­tage: even so, it’s com­par­a­tively big bud­get stuff for MX-5S. Grids of up to 40 cars, though, and some very hard driv­ing. Mix­ture of dou­ble- and triple-header 20-minute rac­ing at eight venues around the UK.

Web­site: www.mx5­su­per­cup.co.uk

5Club Rac­ing MX-5 Cup is a se­ries purely for the mk1 1.6

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