This time held on 15th September, 2018’s Finals Day might be a little earlier than in past years, but with the promise of balmy September weather, anticipation is building for another spectacular day of racing. It’s been a mixed season and certainly has had its fair share of highs and lows, with records broken and one championship winner crowned earlier than anticipated. But there’s still plenty left to be decided…
Local man Luke Cooper strides into Saturday with his head held high, knowing that the Melksham Motor Spares Formula Ford Championship is well and truly in his pocket. We might have seen Cooper stride ahead in many of the fields but it was August Bank Holiday where unfortunately car issues left him high and dry. Hopefully Saturday will be different and Cooper can claim his final win and bask in the glory of what being a champion means at Castle Combe Circuit.
In contrast from the Formula Ford Championship, everything is still in play for the National Windscreens Saloon Car Championship. It’s fair to say the grids have been packed and the racing as close as ever in this 2018 season but there isn’t quite a clear-cut champion leading into Saturday. The three drivers in with a shout of stardom are Adrian Slade, Simon Thornton-Norris and Matt Parr – all have a possibility of stardom…
Moving into the Simonstone GTs, there’s also still plenty to fight for where a King or Queen could be crowned! The leading lady and last year’s champion Ilsa Cox is just one point behind Tony Bennett but they have already taken first place spots in classes B and D. The grid is packed and everyone will be battling to get a win for the end of season, so expect some first rate racing from the likes of fan favourite Steve Putt in the flame-throwing Mazda RX-7 or previous Champion Oliver Bull in the space-framed Tigra who only trails three points from Putt.
Also one race which has gained legendary status is the Sports vs. Saloons face-off. With 24 cars in the throw, the racing will not disappoint any avid fan. There aren’t many times that you get to see the likes of Ray Ferguson’s MG ZR battle against machines such as David Krayem’s mighty Chrysler Viper Oreca, running an 8400cc engine! Will this race be down to outright power or a David vs. Goliath-style battle?
Also don’t forget we have a whole host of other races occurring on the day. The Castle Combe Hot Hatch Series has grown significant momentum throughout 2018 and hasn’t failed to impress with old hands like Di Claudio taking on the newbies. The Monopostos are back in full force again this year. These cost-effective single seater race series never fails to impress with a good grid and some heroic, high speed driving. Another strong grid and a firm fan favourite is the Toyota MR2 Championship. Some of these cars might be well over 20 years old but with a grid of 30 plus racing, this will be a perfect way to start the day of racing.
So, in a nutshell, Castle Combe Grand Finals is the only place to be this Saturday for non-stop, high-octane excitement and crowd pleasing entertainment. But who will be crowned? There is only way to find out though by making sure you are here on the spectator banks…
Tickets are available on the gate: £15 for adults and £10 for seniors (on-the-door tickets EXCLUDE paddock passes. These can be purchased for £2.50 on the day). Under 17s go FREE.
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