All to play for in championship

October 01 2018

With 3 rounds to go in the Vincenzo & Sons Bristol MX5 Championship, it was all to play for and a 5-way title fight at the Westonzoyland Autosolo.

 Andy Laurence and James Hurford were flying the flag for Downend in the championship, with Curtis and Paul St George from Staple Hill.  Steve Conner of Downend and Martyn Boulton of Mangotsfield were also driving their MX5s in the non-championship class.

The event was held on Westonzoyland Airfield, with four coned tests laid out.  In the first test, Andy took the lead in the championship class with Curtis 7th, just 0.1 ahead of James and 0.4 clear of dad, Paul.  Steve was in second place in the non-championship class, whilst Martyn had a frustrating start in 4th.

It all went pear-shaped for Andy on the second test, with two cones hit and a 5 second penalty as a result.  This pushed him down the order and championship rival, Tom Caldecourt, took a commanding lead.  Curtis was absolutely flying and jumped up the order, whilst James was struggling to find his usual pace and Paul dropped 30 seconds as he failed to complete two runs.  Steve was just warming up, though, and was right on the pace and took the lead in his class.  Martyn was getting quicker as well, but remained in 4th place.

After the lunch break, the final two tests really mixed the pack, with performances varying massively.  Andy found some pace on the final test to finish second behind Tom Caldecourt, securing a top 2 finish in the championship in the process.  James found his mojo and hauled up to 6th place, pipping Curtis on the final test, with Paul finishing 11th after his problems on the second test.  Steve finished very strongly, winning the non-championship class by quite some margin, and Martyn pushed hard to the finish to secure 2nd place.

The championship decider is at Manor Farm Hillclimb in Charmouth, with two events in two days.  Andy just needs to beat Tom once to win the title, whilst Tom needs to win one and finish top 2 in the other.  If you're interested in motorsport, Bristol Motor Club is a volunteer-run club that organises affordable motorsport events.  Whether you want to compete, spectate, marshal or get involved with the organisation, you'd be very welcome to join us.  You can find the club on the web and social media platforms.