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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.”

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