Toby Owen

Testing At Donington Park GP

Following my last racing action at Cadwell Park, we discovered a fundamental issue with the car’s engine performance. I took the decision to abstain from racing in the MX-5 Championship until we had got to the bottom of it and put it right. Last week, I took the car to get its engine tested at a specialist builders. That gave me the data I needed on exactly how much power my car was lacking. This week, to complete that baseline,…

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First Championship points at Cadwell Park

My second taste of Mazda racing action was at Cadwell Park, for round 3 of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship. Cadwell Park is often nicknamed the “mini-Nurburgring” for its twisty, undulating and unforgiving nature. Not the sort of place you want to turn up and race at without ever having driven the track before, right? Well, despite booking two track days in the run-up to the event, I had somehow not managed to get out for either of them. And,…

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Cadwell Park next on the radar

In 4 weeks’ time, I will be back on track in anger, following a memorable but troubled debut at Brands Hatch. The BRSCC MX-5 Championship rolls into Pembrey next week, but I’ll be sitting that one out whilst my car is repaired. Besides, as this is my first year I don’t have enough of a budget to do them all, and South Wales at the tail end of winter is one I’d happily miss! I’ve never driven Cadwell Park in…

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Making My Racing Debut!

After a winter of hard work, stress and not enough seat time, the moment I had been waiting for had arrived: my very first race weekend. I was delighted to be supported by Go4itMX5racing, who had committed to keeping my car running over the weekend. However, none of us realised that their first mission was to get the car started in the first place. Yes, having paid over the odds for some Friday practice track time at a circuit I…

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Final Pre-Season Test at Snetterton

This week we performed our final shakedown run of the car ahead of the 2019 season. The venue was Snetterton circuit, the longest track on the calendar and one that featured just about every type of corner and a very long straight, allowing us to test all aspects of the car’s performance. It’s been a challenging winter. The car I originally bought needed more work doing to it than we initially realised, and it’s taken a good deal more time…

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How Competitive Karting Helped Me Prepare for Racing

Karting is a well-established starting point for most people looking to get into motorsport. But there’s a big difference between just frequently racing karts, and competing in a structured championship. You learn far more doing the latter than you realise. This blog looks at the benefits. What To Look For First of all, let’s be clear about what I mean by a “structured championship”. You should be looking for a club or venue that runs a series of organised races,…

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First Shakedown Run of the New Car

Earlier this month, drivers Toby Owen and James Burling got to drive the team’s new MX-5 race car for the first time. The first shakedown run was at Donington Park, a well-known circuit that would provide a good test of all attributes of the car. Report by Toby Owen So, after laying all of the ground work for a tilt at the 2019 MX-5 Championship and acquiring an old race car, it was time to finally get behind the wheel!…

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