JOSH FISHER DOES FORMULA FORD DOUBLE AT CASTLE COMBE’S BIG RACE WEEKEND

Somerset man Josh Fisher bagged two Formula Ford wins from two at Castle Combe’s Big Race Weekend (July 6-7), a result that moves him to the top of the Championship with two rounds remaining.

Josh was quickest in qualifying ahead of Saturday’s double header, two tenths up on reigning Castle Combe Formula Ford Champion, Luke Cooper and three tenths up on brother, Felix.

Josh then led the first race, round six in the Melksham Motor Spares-backed series, from start-to-finish, although he was shadowed all the way by Felix, with less than a few tenths between the brothers virtually all the way to the chequered flag. Cooper was third.

The second race proved just as exciting, although this time it was Cooper that was Josh’s main threat.

On lap 6, Cooper grabbed the lead, and while he held it to the end, a 5 second penalty post-race after the stewards deemed he had exceeded track limits dropped him back to P2, handing Josh the double.

Felix retired on lap 5, while Bath’s Chris Acton - later named Saturday’s Driver of the Day - was third.

“A really good weekend. We had a difficult meeting last time, so it is nice to bounce back with two wins,” said Josh, who now leads the Championship by two points, 148 to Cooper’s 146.

“The first race was intense, but the second one was immense. It was an amazing battle between me and Luke and it was a shame Felix wasn’t able to join the party. I was second on the road at the end, but then Luke had his penalty.

“I have had penalties before and it has gone against me and unfortunately today he has had one. That is racing. I am not going to cry about winning from a penalty. What goes around, comes around. Two wins, I will take that.”

In the CCRC Pro Alloys Saloon Championship, series leader Simon Thornton-Norris took maximum points in his Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart, with two wins and two fastest laps in Class B, and the overall victory in a curtailed race 1, 2.8secs up on Alex Kite.

The Calne ace also held the overall lead in race 2 as well, but with three laps to go was overhauled by Gary Prebble when he was slowed by a technical glitch. Prebble had started 30th and last on the grid, after mechanical issues restricted him to just two laps in qualifying, but charged back through the pack to P1.

Bridgwater’s Robert Ellick was third in both races, while Matt Parr and Michael Wood took two Class C and Class D wins respectively.

Meanwhile, in the CCRC Reis Motorsport Insurance GT Championship, Lucky Khera and Kevin Jones had a win a-piece.

Pole man Jones made a poor start in the first race, and slipped to third, before having to settle for second. Tetbury’s David Krayem was third.

Jones was then ‘gifted’ the second race, after Khera and Krayem were both eliminated into Folly on the first start. Portishead’s Oliver Bull and Bradley John completed the second GT podium.

As for the Samco Sport CCRC Hot Hatch Challenge, Westbury’s Josh Harvey and Salisbury’s Craig Tomkinson shared the spoils, although Harvey was only 0.2secs shy of the latter in race 2. 

Of the rest, Jordan Billinton took an emotional victory in the CCRC Big Weekend Challenge race, bringing his Lamborghini home 3.6s up on Jasver Sapra. Billinton, who lost his dad on the Friday before the event and was racing in tribute to him, was also named Sunday’s Driver of the Day.

In the Classic Touring Car Racing Club (CTCRC) Pre 93, 03 & 05 races, Cheltenham’s Ray West won both races, while in the CTCRC Pre 66, 83 races Mike Luck and Mark Osborne each had a win, and in the CTCRC Blue Oval & Thunder Saloons Ilsa Cox led the way with two victories from two – although Khera was just 0.1s back at the flag in a nose-to-tail race 2.

As for the Monoposto Group 1 races, Gloucester man Jason Timms denied Ashley Dibden in race 1, but Dibden couldn’t be beaten in races 2 and 3. Dean Warren was the man in Monoposto Group 2 and looked set for the hat-trick until final lap issues in race 3 put him out and let Max Hart in for the third victory.

The MGCC BCV8 Championship and Lancaster Insurance MGOC Championship also had double headers, Robert Spencer doubling up in the former in his MGB GT, while William Sharpe and Steve McDermid were 1-2 in race 1, before the positions were reversed in race 2.

- The Castle Combe Racing Club Championships (CCRC) now continue next month with Combe Countdown Race Day on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26th. Tickets are on sale now. Further details available by clicking here