Round 7 | Castle Combe | 31st August and 1st September 2019
Words: Russ Gardner
Images: EDP Photo News
We are already at meeting seven of the 2019 series and this year of NG Road Racing has proven to be stunning season with full grids and great racing in all classes so far.
The focus for many here will be the King of Combe where all the fastest riders of the weekend will mass for a shot at the prestigious title, but there is so much more competition out on track.
We have the National championships for 125GP, 250GP and FSRA Formula 2 Sidecars. All three reward the winners with the tag of British Champion so we really to have the cream of British talent on show.
Over the last few years this Castle Combe meeting has carried the ‘Grand National’ title and for good reason.
Its not just about the feature races though, there is the full range of NG Road racing championship classes so there is something for every racer and race fan with two full days of action on and off track at this the Castle.
Combe Grand National meeting... sit back and enjoy the racing!
For those who like to get up close the machinery there are always the bikes of special interest and parade machines to take a look at on the static stands that help celebrate Barry Sheene 50 years after his Combe win… plus you can get up close and personal with all the stars in attendance as they enjoy the action too.
Castle Combe Circuit
This 1.85-mile circuit was developed from the RAF base that was opened in 1941, but was decommissioned just 7 years later in 1948. 1952 saw the first bike race meeting take place with John Surtees taking the 500 race, just three years before becoming World 500cc champion.
The circuit has remained with pretty much the same layout over the last 66 year, but for the introduction of a couple of chicanes. It has seen all the greats race here on four and two wheels from Moss to Senna, and Surtees to Sheene. And remember is also the ONLY circuit in Europe that you can walk all the way round as a spectator and continue to watch the racing on track.
NG’s Fastest Rider at Castle Combe
Josh Day holds the figures for the fastest NG lap here at Combe from September last year, circulating in 1 min 9.06sec on his ZX10R Kawasaki, which equates to an average of 97.21mph.
Adding Extra Interest to the Weekend
NG Road Racing is again running and promoting the British National series for Hartsmere Logistics 125cc and Dunlop 250cc GP machinery. This is the only place in the UK that you will see these ex-GP machines racing for a full British Championship title backed by the ACU (The sports governing body in the UK). Plus for sidecar fans we have the FSRA British F2 Sidecars.
So Much More…
This meeting celebrates Barry Sheene (...arguably one of the UK’s best known riders... ever) who had a win here some 50 years ago in 1969 on a 125cc Bultaco before moving into the British Championship and then ultimately onto 500cc world titles in 1976/77. One of his team mates from that era Steve Parrish is also a special guest. Four-time WSB champion Carl Fogarty is also on the guest list. He won the King of Combe, and set a new outright lap record here on the old layout some 30 years ago!
Local BSB star Tommy Bridewell is also mixing it with the crowds, as too will be ex-500GP star New Zealander Graeme Crosby who will be out on track on his 1981 Texaco Heron RG500 Suzuki for some demo laps.
There is on-track action over both days and static displays of some very special bikes from over the years.
Check out www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk for all the information.