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The Castle Combe circuit’s opening ‘Howard’s Day’ meeting on Easter Monday, April 17, sees the launch of a new series to join the circuit’s three existing championships.

The ‘Castle Combe Hot Hatch Challenge’, supported by Pro Alloys, caters for non-turbocharged, front wheel drive saloon cars, up to 2.1 litres in capacity. The series has principally been designed to give a home to the  older cars no longer eligible for the ‘21st Century’ machinery which form the circuit’s long standing ‘Saloon Car Championship’.

Such is the health of the circuit’s National Windscreens supported ‘Castle Combe Saloon Car Championship’, its entry list is full to the brim, including the addition of the ‘Hot Hatches’ to the programme.

This year will undoubtedly be a battle of the turbo’ cars at the front, with the championship winning class B Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart of Calne’s Simon Norris the one they may all have to beat. 

If the excitement around the saloon cars is not enough, then the entry for the Simonstone backed ‘Castle Combe GT Championship’ is as good as has ever been seen.

Backing up the circuit’s own impressive races is the contrast of Ferraris and Minis. Having their opening races of the season are the Mini Se7ens and Miglias, with Pill’s Sam Summerhayes and former Autograsser Ian Fraser from Bristol the local entries in the Miglias. Last year, Summerhayes picked up a couple of 6th places. Bristol’s Dom Burger and Frome’s Kevin O’Shea are out in the Se7en and ‘S’ sections respectively.


Also providing a pair of races for the day is the ‘Track Attack Race Club’ with a mixture of Japanese, Asian, French & German sports, saloons, hatchbacks and coupes from its various series, getting stuck in together.

Monday's action starts at 8.30 am with qualifying, racing getting under way from 12.25 pm.

Admission prices are £15 for Adults and £10 for OAPs, whilst accompanied children under 16 are admitted free. ‘Paddock Transfer’ is free if the tickets are purchased in advance.

For further information, please download the full press release here.


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