Somerset star secures his second CCRC FF1600 win of the season at Wiltshire’s Castle Combe Circuit
Somerset man Josh Fisher took a hard-earned Formula Ford victory at Castle Combe’s May Day Madness event on Bank Holiday Monday (May 6), pushed all the way to the flag by Yatton Keynell’s Luke Cooper.
Josh lined-up second on the grid for the third round in the Melksham Motor Spares-backed series, having qualified 0.249 seconds slower than brother Felix, while reigning Castle Combe Formula Ford Champion Cooper was third, 0.539secs further back.
However, a strong start saw Josh seize the lead and when pole man Felix made a mistake into Bobbies on lap 2, it left Josh and Cooper slugging it out at the front. Lap after lap the battle then ebbed and flowed with Josh eventually bringing his Van Diemen JL14 1600 home just 0.181secs ahead following another 15-lap thriller. Felix was third.
“I just want to chill out now! The pace was really good and Luke just wouldn’t go away,” said Josh after his second Castle Combe Racing Club (CCRC) FF1600 victory of 2019.
“It was like quali laps every lap: just relentless. Luckily Luke made a couple of mistakes but it was a real yo-yo scrap and really hard work. I just couldn’t afford to back off at all.”
“It was another brilliant race, although unfortunately I did made a couple of little errors,” admitted Cooper.
“Every time I got on the back of him, I'd make a little mistake and drop back and then I had to catch up again. A couple of times I was close enough to try and make a move, but he knew exactly how to position the car and I wasn't able to fight my way passed. I'd have liked another lap because I was the closest I had been all race at the end...”
In the CCRC Pro Alloys Saloon Championship, Adam Prebble led from lights-to-flag to make it two wins from two, while behind Dursley’s Alex Kite and Calne ace Simon Thornton-Norris had a fierce duel for the runners-up spot, the former taking it, albeit by just 0.223secs. 2018 Saloon Champion Adrian Slade from Melksham was seventh and first in Class C.
“I got ahead luckily quite quick and I think they probably battled with each other: it got me away!” said Prebble. “If I can do that every race I’ll be happy.”
Meanwhile, in the CCRC Reis Motorsport Insurance GT Championship the fight went right to the wire with Barry Squibb the victor in his Mitsubishi Evo 9, despite late contact with Tetbury’s David Krayem. Krayem retired as a result, handing second to Nigel Mustill and the final podium spot to Lucky Khera.
As for the Samco Sport CCRC Hot Hatch Challenge, Sam Stride made a strong start to jump pole man Kieren Simmons and then pull further and further ahead to beat the Weston Super Mare man by over 15secs. Burnham On Sea’s Tony Cooper bagged third with Taunton’s Craig Fleming fourth and Class E winner Erling Jenson from Bath in his Mini Cooper S fifth.
Of the rest, Craig Dolby took a dominant victory in the Dave Allan Trophy, with Ben Scrivens and Krayem – back out after his disappointment in GTs – second, although two laps down on the Nissan GT3 GTR 3600 ahead.
Clive Haynsford and Rich Hockley managed a win apiece in the two Track Attack Racing Club races, while Darren Dowling and David Mason both won a race each in the TVR Dunlop Challenge. Bill Lancashire headed home Matt Holben and Graham Walden in the TVR Tuscan Anniversary race.
The Castle Combe Racing Club Championships now continue in a few weeks with Combe Challenge Race Day on Monday, May 27. Tickets are on sale now. Further details at: https://castlecombecircuit.co.uk/race-days/may-day-madness-race-day/6/5/2019/