Rallying an MX5

i see that there is now an MX5 only class within the MSVR/ Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship.


i think Paul Sheard is behind it. I think it is for Mk1 and Mk2s upto 1800 but not too sure.

The way I read it, its for mk3"s

Sheardy’s is definitely a MK2, it has our 15" MRF tyres on it. 

So is he making roofs for the mk2 now that are fitted with the full race cage as it says about using his roofs, I know he made roofs for the mk3 racers

Just spoke to Paul, he is now making a roof for Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3 cars fitted with the full roll cages, so any 1600 or 1800 car is allowed. 1st Race is next Saturday at Oulton Park.

Have watched the Paul Sheard Mk2 MX5s at both Snetterton and Donington recently and both look great fun in the Circuit rally championship, and I am not sure that anything else can be rallied as cost effectively. Gtrat fun per £.

Just need more people in the class.

Just thought I would bring this to the fore again.
A few MX5 Mk1s and 2s have rallied in the MX5 only class in the circuit rally championship over the past 2-3 years and I think that Paul Sheard has also rallied a Mk3 in the “normal” 1600-200cc class in open competition against the Escorts, 205s, Skoda etc etc.
Generally speaking they have done pretty well and certainly seem to be great fun, although most of the competitors were in Paul Sheard supplied “hire cars” I think.
The Mk2 that Paul Sheard built ran with just the mandatory safety modifications made and was on completely standard engine, gearbox, brakes and suspension, so it can be done.
I do know that the class regulations are going to be opened up slightly for the 2020/21 Motorsport News/ MSVR Circuit rally championship, although I don’t know the details of that yet. I think that the intention is to try to make it more accessible to everyone, including the “home preparer”, and not have to rely on Paul Sheard.
My guess is that if you have any MX5 it can be built up for tarmac rallying quite cheaply, and if you already have a car prepared for targa rallies, circuit racing or track days it could be modified quite easily to comply with the rally regs and still be useable in circuit racing or track days or on the road.
I am absolutely convinced that they are the cheapest way in to tarmac rallyIng possible.

Latest announcement from the MSVR/ MSN circuit rally FB site:


New for 2020-21, our MX5 class gets a revamp:

:white_check_mark: Now incorporates all cars from 1595cc to 2001cc
:white_check_mark: Hard tops no longer restricted to a Paul Sheard one

How about that?

For more information on the changes and how to get involved, check out our website :arrow_heading_down::arrow_heading_down:


So, Mk3s now eligible and fitting a hard top is no longer restricted to a Paul Sheard supplied one as long as it complies with the blue book regs, making choice of car and self prep easier.

I had a go in two of Paul Sheard’s rally prepared MX5s yesterday on a rally/ drift day at Oulton Park. I tried both a Mk1 and a Mk2. 5 of us took part during the day with instruction from Paul.
It was an absolute hoot and I really see why these are such good cars for the circuit based rallies. Really very controllable and great fun.
I am now looking in to hiring one of his cars for a proper rally outing or two at 3 Sisters or maybe in a couple of rounds of the MSVR circuit rally series.

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