2019 Spring Kemble Autosolo Analysis

Round 2 was a change of discipline and it was Dave Greenslade who took a dominant win. But how did the event pan out? I’ve drawn a graph showing how everyone compared to Dave during the day.

It’s not as complex as it looks! Everyone’s got their own line in the chart and the day progresses from left to right. Dave is the blue line along the bottom and everyone’s scores are presented as a percentage of the fastest time to that point (Dave). Any line sloping down is showing improvement and the steeper the line, the more rapid the improvement.

So what’s clear? After the first test, Dave and I had a slender advantage with Nick, James, Josh, Phil O, Andy, Paul S and Paul SG all fighting for third place. 6 drivers were following the race for third and the people in their first ever event were at the start of their learning curve as is expected at these events.

After the second test, Dave and I were a little further clear and Dave still had the advantage. Nick, James and Mike had formed a group battling for the final step on the podium. The midfield was anyone’s guess, but Josh, Andy and Phil O looked to be at the top of the pack. Phil C, Curtis and Simon had all improved and that brought them closer to the battle with the two Pauls. All 3 of the new drivers showed massive improvements, closing the gap on the others.

After lunch, the final running order started to reveal itself. I dropped into the battle with Mike, James and Nick, which was now a battle for second place. There was a 6 way battle for 6th place led by Phil O, followed by Andy, Josh, Paul S, Phil C and Paul SG. Pekka, Curtis, Michael and Simon were having a battle and pulling away from Martyn. Dave B, Liz and Emily were still improving rapidly.

The final round was more of the same, but with some notable performances changing the positions in the 4 main battles. Mike was fastest overall by nearly a second, finishing a stellar afternoon with second place. Nick was unlucky to miss out on third. In the battle for 6th, Phil C continued his rapid improvement to find himself between the two Pauls. Simon managed to pull a gap on Michael in the last group to consolidate his position.

In all, it’s amazing that after a day of competition, 9% covered the top 15 drivers. More impressively, everyone appeared to have a brilliant day, despite the wind! Next up is Llandow in May for a completely different event.

Oh, and here’s the link to the spreadsheet to look at in detail.

MX5 Challenge – Westonzoyland Autosolo (May)

Entries are now open for Round 4 of the championship at Westonzoyland.

If you have a Motorsport UK National B non-race licence then please make sure you use the National B entry and choose Class 5b. If you don’t have a National B licence then please use the Clubmans Entry and enter Class 2a.

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 – Demon Tweeks Pole Position Sponsorship announced

Bristol Motor Club are very pleased to announce that Demon Tweeks have agreed to support the Vincenzo & Sons Bristol MX5 Challenge with championship membership of their Pole Position Club. The Pole Position Club supports our goal of promoting low-cost motorsport at club level and offers MX5 Challenge competitors the following benefits:

  • 10% Discount on Motorsport purchases*
  • An 0800 free phone sales number reserved for club members
  • A personalised membership card
  • Help and advice from our knowledgeable staff
  • Race Decals
  • The opportunity to win multiple credit vouchers to the value of £150

Eligibility: To qualify for the Demon Tweeks sponsorship, competitors should be members of Bristol Motor Club and either be registered competitors or intending to compete. MX5 Challenge specific application forms are available on request by contacting the championship coordinator, Andrew O’Malley, via email or on the Facebook group

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.

Manor Farm entries now open

Entries are now open for Manor Farm hillclimb on the 8th & 9th June


This is event 5 of the season. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed the others.

Remember, you don’t have to do all events and only 7 events actually count for the championship, giving you the opportunity to not do hills if they don’t take your fancy.

2019 MX5 Challenge Regulations published

The 2019 have been processed with Motorsport UK and the regulations for 2019 are now published on the MX5Challenge.co.uk webpage


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