Spot the difference! One is a BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship hopeful.
On the left we have Matt Pollard (our BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship driver). He recently completed his second weekend of racing in this Mazda MX-5 Mk1. On the right is our very own Stuart Hall, who is looking quite at home in this Mazda MX-5. It’s no wonder he is looking so pleased, when you compare the bodywork of the car before and after!
Following the first race at Brands Hatch at the end of March, we had the car in for some initial repairs (most of them inherited). We also gave the car a new coat of that bright white paint.
Here’s Matt pictured (via Jonathan Elsey Motorsport Photogaphy) over his debut weekend at Brands Hatch before we got our hands on the car. Matt was in Group B and completed three races at the iconic racetrack in Kent. The second race of the day was his most successful. He took position 4 breaking up a battle between Alan Hawkins and William Hayden, who finished 6th and 9th respectively. You can read more details about the Group A and B racing at www.brsccmazda.com.
The front of the car was in need of some repairs. You can see the results in the right hand picture.
Here’s the car pictured as we were getting started on prioritising the work. We had the Mazda for about five working days in all and it certainly stood out in our workshop against some of our more ‘dustier’ projects!
If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a racing car looks like, then this is it. Stripped down of any non-essential features, it’s a little lacking in the mod cons most of us are used to in our everyday cars. However, it has everything Matt needs to work the 105 brake horsepower to his advantage when racing around the UK.
Ready a weekend of racing in BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship
We fitted some new body panels and repaired a few minor dings and dents. It was already looking much better, but then we restored the car to a pristine finish with a respray of paint and lacquer. This look is not complete, but the base of the new design which will be added using decals and vinyls very soon. Please do follow us on Facebook at CarMagicTeam for updates of our progress with the design and repairs throughout the season.
With all the work done, we were then able to hand the car over to the professional motorsport team, AB Motorsport. They collected the car to prepare it and Matt for the next racing weekend in the schedule. This was held at Snetterton on 14th and 15th April.