Rounds 9 & 10 Preview

Rounds 9 & 10 Preview

13 September 2023

There’s just over two weeks until Miata Trophy’s highly-anticipated trip to Oulton Park and the penultimate race event of the championship’s debut season. From a truly phenomenal inaugural race meeting on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, to a challenging Snetterton encounter last month, it’s been a thoroughly enjoyable season of racing and excitement levels couldn’t be higher for a visit to Cheshire.

We have little doubt that Oulton Park’s International layout will be the perfect platform for Mk1 and Mk3 Mazda MX-5s to excel on, with the picturesque circuit boasting an array of surging straights and tricky corners. Join Miata Trophy in taking a closer look at the venue for Rounds 9 & 10 with our article here. 

A key reason why so much excitement surrounds this upcoming meeting is the potential significance it could have on the championship’s final standings. After two rounds in Norfolk in August, we now have a third different overall championship leader in the form of Declan Lee (Hills Motorsport #12). Lee and his fellow competitors will all be looking to maximise their points haul at Oulton Park, knowing just two rounds remain once the weekend is completed. The racing all season in Miata Trophy has been exceptional, with well-contested, firm-but-fair battling throughout the field being the precedent. Given the added hunger from drivers to finish as high up the order as possible, Oulton Park has all the potential to be an instant classic.

As briefly mentioned, Declan Lee now leads the way in the overall championship. This comes courtesy of a faultless display at Snetterton in August in which the #12 driver recorded two impressive victories. Alex Miller currently sits second overall and will be keen to narrow the gap to Lee out front, as will Simon Fleet in third and John Langridge in fourth.  With four races left of the season and a large number of points still to fight for, it could go right down to the wire! In NA Class, Turner Property Services Racing’s Liam Cochrane has enjoyed a stellar campaign and the Mk1 driver will be hoping to all but seal his class title at Oulton Park.

Not only did Declan Lee manage to snatch the championship lead at Snetterton, but the Hills Motorsport driver also became the fourth different competitor to top SuperPole in as many races! Will we incredibly see a fifth different MX-5 top the session in Cheshire?

Only time will tell!

There’s still time to get yourself on the grid for Oulton Park. Entries can be made here. 

For a full recap of our visit to Snetterton last month, read our comprehensive race report here.