National racing stars of the weekend: Jul 15/16

@MNmotorsport

Snetterton BRSCC: James Blake-Baldwin by Mark Paulson

Reigning Mazda MX-5 Supercup champion James Blake-Baldwin (pictured above by Richard Styles) hasn’t had the best of starts to his title defence. His poor luck continued in the first race at Snetterton when he was left with nowhere to go when Luke Herbert ran wide, defending from Blake-Baldwin’s challenge for the win on the final lap.

Worse came in race two when early contact forced him out.

But Blake-Baldwin reminded the world of his ability with a stunning drive in race three to rise from 36th on the grid to a podium finish, in just nine laps.

“I just wish the race was another couple of laps,” he laughed.

Colbourne won in his self-built Golf. Pic: Steve Jones

Castle Combe BRSCC: James Colbourne by Stefan Mackley

Having bought a Golf GTi Mk5 as a standardised road car back in 2015, it took James Colbourne two years to get it race ready.

But the wait was worth it as he claimed victory in his first ever race aboard it at Castle Combe in the Production GTi Mk5 Series.

After putting his car on the front row behind Robert Ellick, a poor start from the poleman gave Colbourne the initiative and he withstood race-long pressure from Martyn Walsh to claim the win.

“It came as a shock, I didn’t really know how I would do,” said Colbourne, who also finished third in the second race.

“I had a Mk2 for ten years and fancied a change, a lot of the guys I used to race with have gone into Mk5s.”

Recent news

Column

Where Rally Isle of Man fell down

By Jack Benyon

Racing News

Hingeley holds off Ahmed for Donington British F3 win

Ben Hingeley withstood race-long pressure from BRDC British Formula 3 2017 champion Enaam Ahmed...

Racing News

Sowery to miss British F3 finale for Lamborghini Super Trofeo

Toby Sowery will miss this weekend's BRDC British F3 season finale at Donington Park and instead...

Rallying News

Solberg hopes to race in Germany after surgery

Double World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg will undergo surgery in Sweden on Monday but...

Rallying News

BRC man Yates gets WRC2 chance in Spain

British Rally Championship podium finisher Rhys Yates will contest this year’s Rally Spain...

Racing News

Lamborghini crew going all-out for British GT title

Jon Minshaw won't let the events of last year's dramatic British GT season finale come back...

Rallying News

European TouringCar Rallycross canned for 2019

The European Rallycross TouringCar Championship will be wound up by the FIA from the end of...

Column

We'll never see another Colin McRae

By David Evans

Rallying News

Latvala to drive famous Celica at Rallyday

Rally Sweden winner Jari-Matti Latvala will drive one of the most famous Toyota Celica Turbo...

Rallying News

Turkey's WRC schedule return ratified

The World Motor Sport Council has ratified a 13-round World Rally Championship calendar for...

Rallying News

Stars to grace Wales Rally GB

This year’s Wales Rally GB, launched at Cholmondeley Castle on Thursday, will reflect Wales’...

Racing News

National Formula Ford teams up with TCR UK

The National Formula Ford 1600 Championship has been confirmed as the first support series for...

Racing News

Clark museum gets redevelopment green light

A major redevelopment of the Jim Clark Room in Duns has been green-lighted after a total of...

Racing News

National racing stars of the weekend: September 16/17

Our team of national reporters pick their star performers from last weekend’s national race...

Rallying News

BRC could drop Manx Rally after issues

British Rally Championship bosses want to hold talks with the organisers of the Rally Isle of...

Rallying News

Loeb completes gravel test with Citroen

Sebastien Loeb took another step towards a potential World Rally Championship return by testing...

Racing News

Work on Lake Torrent circuit to start in October

A breaking-ground ceremony for the new £29million Lake Torrent track in Northern Ireland has...

Racing News

Reversed grids and Monza for 2018 Carrera Cup GB

A number of changes are planned for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB next season, including the introduction...

Racing News

The club racer who launched a racewear revolution

Promotion: Racewear brand Walero has unconventional roots, but founder Fiona James is onto a...

Racing News

Huff would need factory deal for BTCC return

World Touring Car champion Rob Huff says he would need to be offered a paid British Touring...

Racing News

British F4 race winner to make F3 debut

British Formula 4 Championship race winner Devlin DeFrancesco is to contest the last two rounds...

Rallying News

Rovanpera secures WRC2 outings with M-Sport

Kalle Rovanpera will contest the last two rounds of this year’s World Rally Championship –...

1 2 3 26

More national news, in-depth race reports and analysis. Subscribe to the Motorsport News paper today.

What’s On

X