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Mazda 2 1.6d Sport Nav


John Kerswill

Ian McKean


Fuel at BP Garage (Ltr) – 17.68

“Fuel at Hotel (Ltr)” – 2.52

Total Fuel (Ltr) – 20.20

Total Fuel (Gallons) – 4.44

Course Mileage – 406.00

“Overall MPG” – 91.37

Time penalty (mpg) – 2.50

Nett mpg – 88.87

Combined MPG (per Manuf.) – 83.10

Difference – 5.77

“% Improvement” – 6.94%

CO2 – 89


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Stunning result for John Kerswill and Ian Mckean  at the MPG marathon


"Iffley Motor Club Triumphs in 2016 MPG Marathon"


"Iffley Motor Club members John Kerswill and Ian McKean improved on last year's second place by winning the overall best mpg by a conventional internal combustion engine in the country's premier economy driving event.


The MPG Marathon is organised by Fleet World Magazine and sponsored by RAC Business, ALD Automotive and Crystal Ball. Crews were charged with working out the most economical route between a number of waypoints in Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Northants and Gloucestershire in a two-day event starting and ending at the prestigious Heythrop Park near Chipping Norton.


In an event described by a number of competitors as ‘the toughest MPG Marathon yet’ none of the top drivers were able to match the mpg figures achieved the previous year, when John and Ian's Mazda 2 1.6d Sports Nav had done over 100 mpg. This year the Mazda 2 did just over 90 mpg, held back by headwinds, two diesel particulate filter regenerations and an engine with only 3000 miles on the clock. But it was enough to win, since their main competitors, including last year's winner Mick Linford in a Peugeot 208, fell back even more.


The other main prize was for the best percentage improvement over the official combined mpg figure and two extremely uneconomical cars with extremely poor combined mpg figures were able to demonstrate signficant improvements by careful driving. One was the Ford Mustang driven by Andy Dawson and Andy Marriott. They achieved a record percentahe improvement of 75%. The previous record improvement was 59%, set by John and Ian in a Vauxhall Zafira turbo, way back in 2006. The other big V8 on the MPG Marathon this year was a Vauxhall VXR8 Maloo pickup truck. It could not match the Mustang's percentage improvement, but sounded terrific with its 6.2 litre supercharged engine.


All the competing cars were fitted with Crystal Ball's "spy in the cab" to track exactly where everyone had gone and to make sure that nothing naughty had taken place, like dangerous slipstreaming. The Cystal Ball equipment could also record details of heavy 'g' loads and take video of any incidents, inside the cockpit as well as through the windscreen.


Roll on next year!"Double click to insert body text here ...