Castle Combe racing season ends in style for local drivers
The Castle Combe 2018 motor racing season came to an exciting conclusion on ‘Grand finals day’ with Adrian Slade crowned champion of the Castle Combe Saloon Car Championship.
Driving his left hand drive class C Citroen Saxo, Slade saw off challenges from Simon Thornton-Norris in his class B Mitsubishi Colt and Bristol’s Matthew Parr in his class D Citroen Saxo to take the overall title for 2018.
Thornton-Norris who ended the season second overall and Parr, third, had battled all season long but Slade’s consistency ensured a win in his class in all 8 rounds of the championship as well as taking extra points for fastest laps in all but 3 of the rounds.
“I have been chasing this championship win for 10 years” Slade said. “I was very nervous before the race, not helped by a few drama’s such as the car not starting and then over heating just before we went out, but in the race it was faultless”.
Chipping Sodbury’s Nathan Nicholls and Yate’s Chris Hignell both had good seasons.
Hignell, who has been racing in the championship in his class D Peugeot 106 for 5 years, ended the season with several class podiums and third in class.
Championship debutant Nicholls finished the season with third in class and seventh in the overall championship, a remarkable feat considering an entry level of 41 cars in some races, many with years of experience racing in motorsport and at Castle Combe.
Nicholls said that he had never raced in any form of motorsport before and that he and a family member built his class C Citroen Saxo in just a few months prior to the season opener.
Before the first race of the season he was just hoping to get to the end of it in one piece and that his goal was at some point through the year to get a third place podium finish and a trophy.
Nicholls said: “it’s just amazing that we have achieved several podiums and at round seven we finished second in class just one second behind the eventual championship winner”.
Nicholls confirmed that he would be competing in the 2019 championship and that he planned to run a two-car team adding an identical class C Citroen Saxo to the car he’s driven throughout the 2018 season. Both cars will run an upgraded spec.
Nicholls said: “We hope to offer the opportunity to rent the car to a prospective racer, giving that person the help and support in every aspect of racing within the series.”
Report from John Grubb, Rock Valley Automotive