CHANDLER LEADS THE WAY AGAIN AT CADWELL PARK

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Chandler once again led from the front to take two victories - Photo: Jon Elsey

Brian Chandler once again marked himself out as the benchmark everyone had to try and beat in the Mazda MX-5 Super Series by dominating most of the recent weekend’s action at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. We say most of the weekend because, as you’ll find out, he wasn’t the only race winner on this occasion…

However, come the first race later that day the weather had changed course with the rain falling to saturate the track and initially Chandler was able to maintain the lead from the start for the opening couple of laps. Second placed man Dunn would then snatch P1 on Lap 3 and from there would fend off Chandler in the tricky conditions through the remaining 6 laps of the race. Dunn therefore went on to take victory ahead of Chandler in 2nd place with Jo Marshall picking up the final podium place in the Marshall & Co Chartered Accountants sponsored car. Simon Fleet and Alex Miller completed the top 5 ahead of Matt Pickford, Jake Swann-Dixon, Xavier Brooke, Clive Powles and Liz Walton, who rounded off the top 10.

The conditions improved for Race 2 on Sunday morning with a dry track allowing for drivers to push even harder than they had done the day before. With Dunn starting on pole by virtue of his win on Saturday, he would be under pressure to keep his win streak up over the weekend and immediately he was put on the back foot as Chandler beat him off the line and hit the front straight away. Dunn’s luck would then take a nosedive as he retired on Lap 5, leaving Chandler once again out on his own in the lead somewhat unchallenged and on his own. In fact, he remained in something of a race of his own all the way to the chequered flag as he took the win in Race 2 by over 14 seconds. Joe Marshall fought his way through to claim 2nd place, overhauling Alex Miller in the process, while 3rd place went to a new arrival on Sunday morning. Fresh from the SuperCup rounds the day before at Oulton Park, Jack Sycamore had high-tailed it up the road from Cheshire to Lincolnshire to compete in Sunday’s races and was rewarded for starting at the back of the grid with a solid 3rd place. Miller picked up 4th for his troubles followed by Simon Fleet in 5th, ahead of Pickford, Swann-Dixon, Powles, Brooke and Walton.

For the third race, Chandler was able to start from pole on a dry track this time and once again jumped straight into the lead, followed closely by Sycamore in 2nd place. For the entire race, Chandler edged away from Sycamore by a few tenths per lap, denying Jack the chance to close in. In fact, Sycamore ended up pushing so hard that he ended up extending the track limits one too many times and he was handed a time penalty as a result by the race stewards. Therefore, as Chandler raced away to claim his fifth Super Series win of the season, Sycamore crossed the line in 2nd place on the road but ended up relegated to 3rd place in the result behind Joe Marshall. Simon Fleet picked up 4th from Matt Pickford in P5, followed by Dunn, Swann-Dixon, Powles, Brooke and Miller, who ended up in 10th place after also copping a time penalty for track limits too.

The next rounds for the Super Series in 2019 will take place on the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales on June 8/9. Join us there!

Scott Woodwiss

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Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Brian Chandler 0
2 Joseph Marshall-Birks 0
3 James Kell 0