MOTOR RACING: Combe set for Bank Holiday meeting
TWO Ferrari races and four Mini races make up the core of the programme at the traditional A Plant Lux Raceday at Castle Combe on Bank Holiday Monday.
Pewsey’s Graham Reeder has been a regular supporter of this event for many years and this season has been scoring well in the Open with his 430 GT3, though the top spot on the podium has just eluded him.
The Mini entertainment comes in the shape of a pair of races for both the Mighty Mini and Super Mighty Mini championships.
Another place where close racing goes without saying is in the Castle Combe Formula Ford 1600 championship, which has its penultimate round.
While Langford’s Roger Orgee appears to have a slight lead in his KMR Van Diemen RF00, in reality, once dropped scores are taken into account, it’s Chippenham’s Adam Higgins who holds the advantage.
Having solved the engine problem which inhibited his progress earlier in the year, Higgins is showing all the form which took him to last year’s title and is determined to emulate father Bob’s consecutive multiple titles from the 1981 season.
Intriguingly, his brother Richard from Burnham on Sea, is one of his adversaries and lies in a solid fourth, in his first year in a class A car.
While the Higgins family are on a high and , Gloucester’s Kevin Mills has the unenviable task of stopping two of his team’s drivers from clashing.
Another driver who could take points from those arguably needing them the most is 2004 and 2007 champion Ed Moore, from Melksham.
The scoring for the Castle Combe Saloon Car Championship allows drivers from the smaller capacity classes to amass points equally with the others.
Consequently, Bristol’s David Rose heads the tables in his VW Lupo, with an adjusted four-point lead over his nearest rivals, Calne’s Tony Hutchings and Bridgwater’s Tony Dolley.
The circuit’s GT championship is all about Mitsubishi Evo’s this year, with Melksham’s Simon Norris in a straight fight with championship leader, Gary Prebble from Southampton.
The circuit’s Sports Racing series resumes and welcomes a number of interesting entries.
Former Sports and GT champion, Simon Tilling, from Vernham Dean, is bringing his Ligier JS49T back after blitzing the track in May.
Monday's action starts at 8.30am with qualifying, racing getting under way from 12.35pm.
Admission prices are £15 for adults and £10 for OAPs, while accompanied children under 16 are admitted free. Paddock Transfer is free if the tickets are booked in advance.
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