HistoryBuilt by Roger Dowson Engineering and originally entered in the 1995 British Touring Car Championship under the Team Magic banner to be driven by Slim Borgudd, however the car was never raced in the championship and spent several years in storage.
The car was eventually acquired by Nick Cresswell and used with some success in the 2000/01 North West Sports/Saloons Championship and Formula Saloons Championship. Sadly a lack of time meant that the car again sat unused for a number of years.
In 2005 the car was brought by Shane Fearns, but other commitments have meant that the car remained unused other than for a brief test a year later.
When the deal to run the car in the BTCC fell through the car was advertised by Roger Dowson for sale or for a paying driver to bring a budget to the team. Unfortunately nobody came forward so the car sat in Roger's workshop for a number of years. Nick Cresswell was doing some work for Roger & visited him at his premises at Silverstone where he came across the Mazda and the deal was done. Nick raced it with good success but due to work commitments and the fact the Mazda is not a car you can turn up with on your own on a weekend & race (it's best if there is a few guys to give you a lift) decided to part with it for something more simple.
Nick was doing some work for me at the time and I asked what he was doing with the car which I had not seen since a Formula Saloon race at Oulton Park a few years before and we did a deal. I have lots of spares with the car which some came from the Xedos6 Roger built - gearboxes, engines, suspension, wheels, gear ratios, almost everything to build another car.
It's a shame it did not race because it's probably Roger's best ever work. Roger is convinced this car had to potential to win in the BTCC
Eventually sold to Kingsley Ingram and run in the BARC NW Sports Saloon Car Championship in 2009/2010 beofre joinging the HSCC Super Touring series in 2012.
In 2015 the car was sold to Ric Wood, who continued to race it in the HSCC series n 2015/16.
In 2017 the car was sold to New Zealander Allan Scott, although the car would the car would remain in the UK.