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Double dose of excitement leads to mixed fortunes at Combe Carnival!

With mixed weather reports and an early morning haze over the circuit, it was unclear what the day had in store for competitors and spectators alike.

Starting the day with the Melksham Motor Spares sponsored Formula Ford Championship, things got underway in true Castle Combe style. Man of the moment Luke Cooper looked at ease on the grid with the young ex-karting star Hugo Bently-Ellis some 8.367 seconds behind Luke. It wasn’t quite plain sailing but Bently-Ellis took second place with David Vivian dropping into a comfortable third place. In their second race of the day, it was again Yatton Keynell’s Cooper taking the win but this time Bently-Ellis was only 0.332 of a second behind securing second place again. It was Vivian who couldn’t quite keep the third place and Michael Eastwell who didn’t manage to complete the first race of the day dropped in at third place.

The National Windscreens sponsored Saloon Car Championship never fails to disappoint and this was definitely a day that proved where anything is possible. The shock in the first race was the distinct lack of Gary Prebble on the grid. His car had some mechanical issues which resulted him not being able to participate in the day. It was also bad news in the first of the two races for Simon Thornton-Norris. An issue with a sensor had meant Thornton-Norris was unable to finish the first race of his races leaving room for Alex Kite in his Audi TT 2000 to take first place. But it was in his second race that Thornton-Norris really proved his abilities to everyone. Starting at the back of the grid in 15th place he pushed the little Colt hard and made it to a comfortable second place!

It was then all eyes on Charles Hyde-Andrews-Bird who looked well and truly ahead of the pack in the first race. Though a mistake lead to him cutting across the grass and being unable to make up that time. It did however, put him in third place for race three but he was unable to get back on the podium in race 8. It was a good day for Tony Hutchings who managed a second place in race 3 and a third in race 8.

As ever the eclectic array of metal in the SIMONSTONE MOTORS sponsored GT Championship did not fail to disappoint. David Krayem was back on form in the mighty Chyrsler Viper picking up 1st place in both of the races. Bristol’s Oliver Bull managed to slip in behind Krayem in his Vauxhall Tigra Silhoutte and finish in second place but due to technical issues was unable to complete his second race. With Bull out of the picture Steve Putt dropped into second place for the second of the two races and a man familiar with win’s Bradley John, was placed third in both races. Only time will tell who will finally come out on top at the end of this season.

The Pro-Alloy Hot Hatch Series may have taken up the final spot for the day but it didn’t disappoint. Corsham’s Will Di Claudio took a very comfortable win with almost a 12 second gap between him and Joe Dorrington in the older Peugeot 205. It was Matthew Bawtree who put in an impressive display taking third where previous winners, Chris Southcott and Josh Harvey, unfortunately were unable to finish the race.

To add to an already busy day, the Caterham Graduates took to the circuit some 4 times. The Caterhams are well known for their close racing and exciting antics but it was a fairly smooth day. Jamie Ellwood took the win in race 2 and 7 in his Caterham Sigmax 1600 with Declan Dolan leading the pack and taking home the win in race 5 and 10 in his Caterham 7 Mega.

It was another fantastic day of racing here at Combe and proved that it’s one of the most demanding circuits in the UK with fantastic crowds and some of the closest racing fans can witness. Role on July 14th and 15th where we welcome the TCR Series and the BRSCC…

For more information or to purchase tickets to upcoming race meetings, please visit castlecombecircuit.co.uk/race-days/


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