Anglesey – Great location, not so great finish.
Over the summer Matt raced on a track that he had actually driven on before, back in 2017. Last time he drove a Mazda MX-5 BBR Mk3 in the Mazda Spring Series, but now it was the turn of our favourite Mazda MX-5 to visit Anglesey, in North West Wales.
Anglesey – Breathtaking views
The Anglesey Circuit overlooks not only the Irish Sea but also the picturesque Snowdonian mountains, making for some breathtaking views – for drivers and visitors alike. It’s also a location that is full of history having been developed on the site of the Ty Croes Army Training camp. An Anglesey Farmer persuaded the Bodorgan estate to allow him to test his rally car on the derelict army camp during the early 1990s! You can read more about the history at angleseycircuit.com.
For Matt, the weekend started positively. His prior track knowledge helped him make some good progress in testing. Following the disappointment of Silverstone, he was keen to make amends. He entered the final testing session at Anglesey with a determined mindset and it paid off! He managed for the first time to pip Ollie Allwood, the leading AB Motorsport driver. The only three cars ahead of him were all Porsches – which are known to be quicker than the Mazda MX-5.
Competing in all three A races was the goal for the weekend. He went into the qualifying stages, confident he would make the A race and progress further over the weekend. In the end he qualified 10th, which placed him on the grid in 20th position for the A race on a dry Anglesey Coastal Circuit.
Anglesey Circuit Map
Bump and spin at Anglesey
The A race started well and Matt made some ground in the dry weather. He was enjoying the challenge the A group brings. He quickly progressed to 17th. This meant he only needed to climb one more position, to stay in the A race for the next round. He was following Paul Tucker through the hairpin and he looked slow, so Matt was keen to overtake. He couldn’t get into position to commit to a move, without taking a substantial risk though.
In the meantime, Clive Powles had come from the back of the grid, after being hit early on. He was gaining on Matt. Being a regular A group driver, it only took a few laps for him to catch up and be right behind Matt. As Matt was heading into the area of the circuit known as The Banking, Clive was preparing to make a move. He took an inside line to make a lunge, but Matt closed the gap and Clive locked up.
Unfortunately for our Mazda MX-5 this resulted in a bump to the right rear quarter and a 360 spin. This lost all the positions he had worked so hard to gain.
Thoughts to the next weekend of racing
With a finish in 21st position, Anglesey had not delivered the results he was hoping for and Matt would now start in the B race on the Sunday. Look out for more updates on the last two weekends of racing for the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship of 2018 and catch up on news you’ve missed already on our Motorsport blog.
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