MOTOR RACING: Superkarts come to Combe
THE Motors TV Live Race Day will welcome the opening round of the MSA British Superkart Championship to the Castle Combe circuit on Bank Holiday Monday (MAy 6).
Louis Wall, from Swindon, is one to watch as runner-up in last year's championship. Hewas the only driver to finish in all 12 rounds of the series in 2012 and will be aboard the Rob Walkinshaw-tuned Anderson Honda for the two 15-minute races.
Morgans have a very special place in the Combe's history, as it was a Morgan that won the first ever car race at the circuit in 1950.
The classic English cars return with a round of the Aero Racing Morgan Challenge, with the rivals of Keith Ahlers hoping he doesn't run away with it, as he did on the Morgans last visit to the circuit.
Having only his second ever race will be Henry Williams, from Horton near Chipping Sodbury, and looking to take the Class E win, having missed out after a spin in his 4/4 while leading at his first race at Snetterton. Bristol's Tim Pearce is out in Class C with his +8.
The two Lancaster Insurance MG Owner's Club championship races are evenly divided between the classic MGBs, the MGF and the contrastingly front-wheel drive MG ZRs and ZSs. David Mustarde, from Box, is one of the MGB pilots.
MGs are also a popular choice in the circuit's Saloon Car championship, where Cirencester's Jonathan Wills debuts his V6 engined ZS in Class B, his rapid Maestro no longer eligible. ZR mounted is Calne's Martin Chivers in Class C.
Melksham's Rob Ballard made the most of his SEAT Leon's horsepower at the opening round, but has tough class A opposition including the returning former double champion, Tony Hutchings from Calne in his Audi TT and the Vauxhall VXR Turbos of Keynsham's John Barnard and Seend's Julian Ellison.
Frome's Malcolm Webster has another SEAT Leon, Ditcheat's Kevin Bird is back in his BMW 130i, while Bath drivers Angus Gorringe and Dave Scaramanga are VW fans, with a Polo and Bora respectively.
The pole-setting pace of Bristol's Mark Wyatt at the Easter meeting was out of this world, the new wide track of his Astra transforming the car.
If the back markers can stay out of his way this time, he should be the man to catch and will make the life of fellow classmate, Bridgwater's Tony Dolley in the Peugeot 206, very hard.
Corsham's Will Di Claudio is still making class C his own with his Peugeot 106, though Seend's Adrian Slade made a fine debut with his example last time.
Bath's Guy Parr has the former championship winning Fiesta, while the evocatively-named Ayrton Anderson from Peasedown St John debuts his Saxo.
Class D has Charles Hyde-Andrews-Bird, from Ditcheat, looking for a finish after retiring last time, while former champion Russell Poynter-Brown, from Compton Martin, has his evergreen Corsa.
Saltford's Steven Jensen brought the Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum 011B to victory at the opening round of the Castle Combe Formula Ford 1600 race, but driver of the day was Adam Higgins, from Chippenham, who took his new Van Diemen JL12 from 10th to second.
Higgins' brother Richard, from Burnham on Sea, was also second in Class B in his Van Diemen RF90.
James Raven, who made his Class A debut at Easter, will be encouraged by his third overall in the Yatton Keynell-built Swift SC 10 and another impressive debut outing last time was fourth place for Ashley Crossey, from Flax Bourton, in another Kevin Mills Spectrum.
Roger Orgee, from Langford, will be looking forward to resuming his battle with his Kevin Mills teammate, Jensen.
Also ones to watch are Coventry's Nathan Ward, the Class B favourite in the Swift and Melksham's Ed Moore in the Ray GR11.
Eyes will be on Trowbridge's Andrew Shanley to make his usual scintillating start in the Sports and GT race, the Radical driver relying on fast get-aways to distance himself from his rivals in ultimately quicker machinery.
Those include Manhal Allos who finished second to Shanley last time and pole man Josh Smith, from Weston Super Mare, who rued his slow start in his Radical PR6, but was still happy to be on the podium.
Smith's father, Darcy, from Wrington, will add to the pressure in his SR4 Radical.
Another Josh is hoping to debut his family's home-built special. Josh Fisher, from Bridgwater, will follow his former champion father Brian, when he drives the 1.3 litre 'Fishface' in Class C.
The 750 Motor Club's Locost championship for Ford Escort-based homemade specials, has two race.
Monday's action starts at 8.30am with qualifying, racing getting under way from 12.10pm.
Admission prices are £15 for adults, £10 for OAPs, £2.50 for paddock transfer, while accompanied children U7 are admitted free.
See castlecombecircuit.co.uk for more details.
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