Ma5das at Oulton Park and GT Cup at Donington Park

Sunday 23rd August   •   2009

Another action packed weekend, starting out amidst the beautiful Cheshire countryside at Oulton Park. This was the penultimate meeting in the Ma5da MX5 Championship calendar, so a lot was riding on this one!


Tom Roche began the day as he meant to continue, qualifying on pole position for both races. Two wins later, his position at the top of the leader board was all but guaranteed, technically he has to start both races at Brand Hatch to officially become the 2009 Ma5da MX5 Champion, but points wise it’s in the bag for Tom Roche.


We filmed a ‘getting to know you’ feature with Tom Roche, Jonathan Greensmith and Rob Boston this week, I was very surprised to find out just how much these guys have in common! Watch out for that on Race and Rally UK on the 25th September.


The next event in the Mazda calendar is the season finale at Brands Hatch on Saturday 12th September, be there if you can!


On Sunday I headed off to a busy Donington Park for the GT Cup, it was very nice for the FIA Formula 2 to come along and support us :o) thanks guys! 


The thunderous roar of 31 GT Cars, never fails to get the pulse racing and today was no exception. Leading the field from the off, Mitch Millet (#51 Corvette) and Mike Gardiner (#57 Viper) battled hard, but a mistake at the hairpin from Millet ended in a spin, dashing his hopes of a win in race one.


Mike Gardiner was more than happy to allow his brakes to cool down a little and cruised the Dodge Viper home in first place. Joining him on the podium was group 2 victor Jeff Leadley (#34 Ferrari 430), Steven Taylor (#33 Exige) in his phenomenally quick group 3 Lotus and Will Goff won group 4 once again in the 59 Aston Martin GT4, maintaining his incredible 100% win record.


In Race two Mitch Millet set about putting his earlier mistake right, bringing the yellow Corvette home in the number one spot for the second time this season.  Jeff Leadley was on top form today in his Ferrari 430, taking the first double win in group 2 this season. In group 3 Colin Broster took the honors, after Steve Taylor was promoted to group 2 in his Lotus, following a rapid performance in race one, and no surprises in group 4 as Will Goff won again!


I caught up with Pirelli for a tyre talk feature and spoke to the drivers about the new equalisation measures, find out what they said on Motors TV on the 25th September. 


The next round is the GT Cup’s first 100km race, why not join us over the border at Knockhill circuit on September 5th/6th.


Both the GT CUP and Mazda races from this weekend will air on the 25th September on Motors TV (Sky413/ Virgin545). GT CUP at 7pm, Mazda MX5 Championship at 9.15pm.