MX5 Challenge – Entries now open for Kemble Autosolo #2

MX5 Challenge – Kemble Autosolo entries are now open for the second visit to Kemble.

Remember to enter class D and National B (if you have a NatB licence) or Clubmans if you don’t have a Nat B licence

MX5 Challenge – Results after round 1

Results after round 1 of the 2019 season.

James Hurford takes his first Sprint win with an impressive 159.59 seconds, setting a new class record.

See the winning run on this video

Almost 1 second behind was Dave “S. Greenspade” Greenslade with a 160.52 sec run.

3rd place was Andy Laurence with 160.64 sec, just a whisker off second place.

All very quick runs!

If this is how the season is going to go then it’s going to be pretty exciting! Roll in round 2.

MX5 Challenge – Kemble Autosolo #1 entries now open

Entries are open for the Kemble Autosolo on Sunday April 7th. This is a very popular event and great fun. Certainly a favourite event for many.

2019 MX5 Challenge Regulations published

The 2019 have been processed with Motorsport UK and the regulations for 2019 are now published on the webpage

All competitors, new and existing, should familiarise themselves with the changes this year.

Additional Manor Farm event added to the 2019 MX5 Challenge calendar

We’re excited to announce that we’ve been invited to join Woolbridge Motor Club for a second visit to Manor Farm on June 8th and 9th.

Great excuse for a family trip to the seaside in the warmer months and this nicely fills the gap that we have in June.

The championship rules remain the same so 7 rounds count but we now have: 4 Sprints, 4 Hill Climbs and 4 Autosolos

2018 Llandow Sprint entries open

Entries are open for the Llandow sprint, you can enter by letter (how quaint!) or online here.

When entering, remember to enter ‘MX5’ in the class box as we have our own arrangements for the MX5 challenge.  Let’s hope that this event is as popular as the Great Western Sprint (massively over-subscribed).

We do also need Marshalls for the event so if you fancy coming along, speaking to other MX5 owners about the championship and generally enjoying a day of motorsport then we’d love to have the help. Bridge toll is paid for if you come across from England.

2017 Champions!

After a season-long battle, Andrew O’Malley came out on top overall with James Hurford winning Class A.  They will both pick up their trophies at the awards day in February. Well done and thank you to all who took part this year.  I’m stepping down from running the championship but I’m leaving you in the safe hands of Andrew O’Malley, who’s moving on to pastures new for 2018.  He’ll no doubt be sending a message about changes for 2018 very soon…

2017 Eligibility Reminder

Since last Saturday, I’ve had a few queries about modifications and eligibility, so thought it best to remind you of a few key points:

  • Stripping out parts of the interior (door cards, trim, etc.) is not permitted with the exception of carpets.
  • All standard equipment (windows, stereo, roof, etc.) must remain operable.
  • Cars must run with a standard roof, although it can be up or down.
  • Valid tax, insurance and MOT is required.

As per the sporting regulations in the Blue Book, the penalty for infringements is exclusion.

If you’re still not signed up for Llandow, then you can do so online right now:

2016: Welcome!

Thanks for your interest in the Vincenzo & Son Bristol MX5 Challenge.  The season gets underway in March and there’s a few things you need to have ready if you plan to compete.

  • The car!  Any MX5 is suitable, provided it’s a road car and adheres to the rules in section S of the MSA’s yearbook (download a copy from  What’s most likely to catch you out is if you strip the car of all its interior – that’s not allowed.  We don’t allow forced induction (turbos/superchargers) and tyres must be on list 1A (see the yearbook), which means none of the really sticky trackday tyres.  Please try to keep modifications to a minimum – the essence of this championship is that a standard car can win.
  • A helmet, race suit and gloves.  A motorcycle helmet is not acceptable.  All three must be to the standards in the MSA’s yearbook (essentially SNELL 2010/2015 for the helmet and Nomex suit/gloves).
  • A non-race National B licence.  You can order this from the MSA’s website.  It arrives in a couple of weeks, so don’t leave it until the 16th March before ordering!
  • Bristol Motor Club membership.  This is because of the Clubman status of the championship.  It’s only £20/year though and you get a great magazine every couple of months too

If you’re in need of the safety gear, then I’d recommend a trip to Autosport International at the NEC in a fortnight.  All the major players will be there and you can bag a good deal by buying the whole lot at once. Most importantly, it’s one of the few times you can try practically every helmet on for size – your head will probably fit one brand best.

If in doubt about anything, then just get in touch. A good bunch of last year’s competitors are usually hung around the bar at club night and there’s normally an MX5 crew discussing whether Michelin tyres are really worth the premium over Nankangs…

The following events are rounds of the championship and your best 4 scores will count.  You can do as many or as few events as you wish.

  • Saturday 5th March: Spring AutoSolo (Chepstow)
  • Saturday 19th March: Great Western Sprint, Castle Combe Circuit (1.75 laps)
  • Saturday 7th May: Llandow Sprint (1.75 laps)
  • Sunday 19th June: Summer AutoSolo (Chepstow)
  • Saturday 23rd July: Dick Mayo Sprint, Castle Combe Circuit (0.75 laps)