First Championship points at Cadwell Park

My second taste of Mazda racing action was at Cadwell Park, for round 3 of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship. Cadwell Park is often nicknamed the “mini-Nurburgring” for its twisty, undulating and unforgiving nature. Not the sort of place you want to turn up and race at without ever having driven the track before, right? Well, despite booking two track days in the run-up to the event, I had somehow not managed to get out for either of them. And,…

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A Guide To Racing Drivers’ Nutrition

A version of this article was originally published in the Bromsgrove Standard newspaper on the 26th April 2019. Ever wondered what a racing driver eats on a race weekend to keep his or her energy levels up? Let me give you an insight. I’m not a qualified nutritionist, so please don’t treat this as gospel, but I know what works for me. You need to find a balance that suits your own body, and hopefully there are some good tips…

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Cadwell Park next on the radar

In 4 weeks’ time, I will be back on track in anger, following a memorable but troubled debut at Brands Hatch. The BRSCC MX-5 Championship rolls into Pembrey next week, but I’ll be sitting that one out whilst my car is repaired. Besides, as this is my first year I don’t have enough of a budget to do them all, and South Wales at the tail end of winter is one I’d happily miss! I’ve never driven Cadwell Park in…

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Making My Racing Debut!

After a winter of hard work, stress and not enough seat time, the moment I had been waiting for had arrived: my very first race weekend. I was delighted to be supported by Go4itMX5racing, who had committed to keeping my car running over the weekend. However, none of us realised that their first mission was to get the car started in the first place. Yes, having paid over the odds for some Friday practice track time at a circuit I…

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How Much Does It Cost? Part 3 – Going Racing

So, this is it! You’ve got you license, bought your racewear and probably have an idea of the racing series you’d like to join. Motorsport comes in all shapes and sizes and the costs of competing vary greatly between different disciplines. But no matter what your preference, the categories of cost will generally be the same – it’s only the price that will vary. So, whilst an in-depth look at all of the costs associated with racing is near impossible…

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Final Pre-Season Test at Snetterton

This week we performed our final shakedown run of the car ahead of the 2019 season. The venue was Snetterton circuit, the longest track on the calendar and one that featured just about every type of corner and a very long straight, allowing us to test all aspects of the car’s performance. It’s been a challenging winter. The car I originally bought needed more work doing to it than we initially realised, and it’s taken a good deal more time…

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Go4itMX5 Racing to provide trackside support in 2019

We are pleased to be working with Go4itMX5 Racing this year at the trackside during race events. The first year in any sport can be a steep learning curve, so we have partnered with Martin Tolley and his experienced team of technicians to help us learn the ropes. They will also be on-hand to help us out with any repairs or troubleshooting between races if things don’t go to plan. Team Principal Toby Owen said: “Martin has already helped us…

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How much does it cost? Part 2 – Gearing Up

As with any sport, you can only participate in motorsport if you have the right kit. Getting kitted out is costly but necessary, so you’ll need to budget for racewear and safety devices as part of the cost of your first season of racing. This article will give you a good idea of what to expect, but also how to buy smart and get the best deal. The Kit List Racewear falls into 3 categories: the head & neck, the…

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How much does it cost? Part 1 – Obtaining your license

This series of blogs looks at the cost of going motor racing. Motorsport is an expensive hobby, but the exact costs are sometimes hard to come by. I hope to be able to help drivers who are new to racing understand exactly what they’re letting themselves in for, by providing a detailed breakdown of costs. This first instalment looks at what you can expect to spend just to get yourself qualified to race. Before you go racing, you’ll need to…

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The Winter Rebuild

With the start of the 2019 season fast approaching, our car prep partners have been hard at work updating the race car and installing new components. It’s nearly 3 months since the car last hit the track at Donington and came back sporting a bag of broken bits and an under-powered engine. Our pre-season testing schedule gets underway this weekend with a return to the scene of the crime, and the last week has witnessed some frantic work to get…

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