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750 Motor Club MX-5 Racers in Competition for Laguna Seca Entry and Global Honours
Wed 13 Apr 2016
Competitors in this season’s 5Club MX-5 Cup are not only racing for 2016 championship points, but thanks to the support of Mazda UK they are now also battling for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete at California’s legendary Laguna Seca Raceway and be crowned as Global MX-5 Champion.
Whichever driver is leading the hotly-contended 5Club Championship on the 30th May 2016 will head off to Barcelona courtesy of Mazda to test the newly-released 2016 MX-5 Global Cup car. This two-day European run-off and selection process will pit the 750 Motor Club member against other MX-5 racers from around the continent, in addition to leading digital iRacing MX-5 competitors. From this European final Mazda will select and offer five lucky drivers a seat in the prestigious MX-5 Global Cup at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September, where MX-5 racers from Europe, America, Australia and Japan will come together to find a Global champion.
“This motorsport program highlights the MX-5’s racing pedigree and opens up some incredible opportunities for those who want to experience driving an MX-5 at the highest level” said Wojciech Halarewicz, Vice President Communications, Mazda Motor Europe.
British MX-5 racing and 5Club founder Alyn Robson said “It is very satisfying to have our championship recognised as one of the most competitive in Europe, and I’m sure our drivers will do well. This competition will certainly give the next two meetings at Brands Hatch and Croft an added points importance.”
Based on the award-winning Mk4 Mazda MX-5, the Global Cup car has been developed in-line with the ethos of club-level motorsport. The model retains the Mk4’s 158bhp 2-litre engine but now runs on slicks and has a selection of choice upgrades including a sealed racing ECU, new exhaust, two-way adjustable dampers, Brembo brakes and RAYS wheels. The fully developed Global Cup car has already finished the 2015 Thunderhill 25-hour race in California and will make its one-make debut in the 2016 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup – Mazda’s official MX-5 Cup series in North America.
Giles Groombridge, Competitions Manager at the 750 Motor Club added, “We are delighted that the 5Club Racing Championship has been recognised by the Global Cup MX-5 prize drive programme; the prize is a unique opportunity and we are sure that the chance to be on the grid in Laguna Seca will further enhance the action in what is already a hugely competitive arena.”
To be eligible for the exclusive competition, 5Club MX-5 racers must register their details at the link below: www.surveymonkey.com/r/MX5RaceSeries