2023 MSV Miata Trophy
Rounds 3 & 4 – Anglesey Coastal circuit
We always love a trip to Anglesey, which was looking its amazing best in the May sunshine.
Friday testing went well, until we had to change the differential. Luckily we had a spare, but this job is not the work of a moment and I ended up missing a practise session. All seemed fine and I got out for the last session, only to come in with a cloud of smoke following me. More work was undertaken on the car that evening to sort it (thanks Alex), but I was nervous come Saturday morning.
Thankfully, all was well. In qualifying there was no smoke or strange noises and I was able to put in a couple of good laps, ending up fastest. I changed my strategy for SuperPole this time and really attacked the lap, setting a time I was very happy with to start on pole position.
Pole for race one didn’t translate into the lead though, as Declan Lee out dragged me to the first corner. We pulled away from the rest of the field and then proceeded to have a very close battle. I kept the pressure up and attacked whenever I could, but wasn’t able to pass him this time and took a very close second place. I was a little disappointed, but it had been a fantastic race.
Race two started in the same way, except this time I was able to make a move stick half way through the race and drive home to take my first win in Miata Trophy. I believe it was the first win for my car too, which is nice! Alex drove very well and came home third, despite his brake calliper making a bid for freedom near the end.
This means I am now leading the championship, but only by one point and with plenty of racing to come. There is a bit of a break now in the calendar, before we head to Donington Park for the next round in July.
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