BRSCC ClubSport Trophy October 2019
In 2019 Matt ended his racing season with a change from the Mazda MX-5 Championship. He competed in his first ClubSport race for the BRSCC ClubSport Trophy to test himself in a longer race. This new multi-class format allows the cars to be shared amongst drivers, with a compulsory pit stop. Matt chose to drive the full race in his Mazda MX-5 without the optional change of driver.
What is the ClubSport Trophy?
At Donington Park, everything ranging from a Porsche Boxster to a Citroen C1 can be competitive and have a chance to win their class. It is seen as a cost-effective way to get on track, especially if two drivers share the cost of entry. The structure features a 20-minute qualifying session which is followed by a 45-minute mini endurance style race – which is where the mandatory pit stop comes in.
The ClubSport Trophy competition is split into five classes, determined by the power to weight ratio of the car with the majority of marques welcome on the grid. It’s a great way for a new driver to get into the sport in a simple hatchback or small saloon. It can also set you on your journey to the one-make championships like the one Matt has raced in for the past two seasons.
Qualifying went very well, with Matt managing to place 19th out of 41 competitors.
A wet track to contend with…
Watching the weather on ClubSport weekend gave Matt the heads up that there was rain on the way. A decision before the race, to change to more suitable tyres was made with his AB Motorsport team. His Dad’s obsession with the weather forecasts meant he was able to cope with the wet track as the race continued. In the 45 minute race, he was pleased to find he outpaced quite a few of the higher-powered cars moving up from his position in 19th. You can watch the first part of the race up to the compulsory pit stop on his YouTube channel.
By lap 17 Matt was in 15th place. His pit stop had gone smoothly and he was driving the full race, so no change of driver for the Mazda MX-5. Some cars left the track in the rainy conditions, slipping off onto either the grass or gravel at the corners. Thankfully there were no major incidents and Matt held it together to finish in 9th position overall.
1st place for the Mazda MX-5
Matt ended the race at the top of Class E and his overall time, of 47 minutes and 13 seconds, was 39 seconds ahead of the next E Class finisher. See Matt talking after his win as part of the Youtube highlights from The BRSCC
The ClubSport Trophy was a great experience in multi-class racing. Matt found it fun to race against a real mix of models and marques. Something he will definitely try again in 2020 alongside his BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship racing.
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