MOTOR RACING: Bank holiday bonanza at Combe
HOT on the heels of the opening Easter Monday meeting, Castle Combe Circuit’s season keeps up the momentum with its second race day on Monday, May 5.
After a scintillating first race for the Castle Combe Formula Ford 1600 championship, there is the prospect of yet another tightly-fought battle to the end of the year.
Emulating his father's success in the same championship 40 years ago, Langford's Roger Orgee, stole a decisive win from the hands of reigning champion, Chippenham's Adam Higgins.
There was some consolation for the Higgins family though, as Adam's brother, Richard, from Burnham on Sea, stood on the third step of the podium on his Class A debut in a Van Diemen JL12, similar to that of his brother.
Pole man Ashley Crossey, from Flax Bourton, will be keen to avenge his defeat too, having led the first five laps of the race until an electrical issue caused him to drop back to fourth.
Similarly unable to fulfil his true potential was Ed Moore, the 2004 and 2007 champion from Melksham, who managed to snap the steering wheel of his Van Diemen JL013K and yet still took fifth.
Class B has a welcome return entry in the shape of Bridgwater's Felix Fisher in his SC93 Swift.
In contrast, the leading drivers in the 'Castle Combe Saloon Car Championship' had far fewer problems.
Reading's Russell Akers, who on his class A debut, put his car on pole was on the heels of eventual race winner, Calne's former double champion Tony Hutchings, for most of the race.
Not far behind will be the Bird family's Renault Megane which performed brilliantly at the opening round in the hands of Charles Hyde-Andrews-Bird, from Shepton Mallet, but is back with dad, Kevin, this time.
A long way clear in class B last time was Bristol's Mark Wyatt.
Swindon's Julian Ellison has yet to face his Astra Turbo rival, Keynsham's John Barnard, after an oil leak side-lined the latter’s car at Easter, both having the powerful VW Bora of Bath's Dave Scaramanga to contend with in their class.
Based on his opening round performance, Adrian Slade, from Devizes is the man many will have a bet on to take this year's title.
Slade finished well clear of his class C opposition in his Peugeot 106 Gti, although Chard's Carl Loader took fastest lap prior to retiring his Saxo VTS. Bath’s Guy Parr has the ex championship winning Fiesta.
The revised for 2014 Sports and GT Championship, in association with Blast Events/Bristol Gas Supplies saw the Mitsubisho Evo of Torquay's Barry Squibb in a neck and neck battle with Droitwich's Keith Dunn in his diminutive Caterham C400.
The circuit's new Sports Racing series should be the home of the fastest cars of the day.
Aside from the circuit's championships and races, the visitors provide much variety, spice and flavour, with the Track Attack Nippon Challenge & Tricolore Trophy and the MR2 Racing Series.
The former is for production and modified Japanese sports and saloon cars, plus other Asian makes such as Proton and Hyundai, with classes divided according to horsepower.
Monday's action starts at 8.45am with qualifying, racing getting under way from 12.45pm.
Admission is £15 for adults and £10 for seniors, while accompanied children under 16 years are admitted free. Paddock Transfer is free if tickets are booked in advance.
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