Controversy, records and huge crowds at Castle Combe race day

August 31 2015

AN invasion of MGs, Seats and VWs made for a thrilling August summer race day at Castle Combe in the four home series rounds of competition.

AN invasion of MGs, Seats and VWs made for a thrilling August summer race day at Castle Combe in the four home series rounds of competition.
Good weather drew big crowds, who witnessed some enthralling motorsport.
The sports GT series had Simon Tilling, in his Ligier, chase the Riley Mk XX11 piloted by Craig Dolby in the fastest race of the day.
Helped by hot track temperatures and a new surface, both drivers came within a whisker of breaking the outright lap record.
 Of the 31 starters in the popular saloon championship, outright honours went to Gary Prebble in his Seat, with Charles Hyde-Andrews-Bird in a well fought second in his Renault Megane. Mark Wyatt in his Astra was third.
Yate driver Chris Hignell finished his fourth race of the season in his Fiat Punto, having achieved his fastest laps of the season in qualifying and in the race itself.  
 Controversy overshadowed the Formula Ford 1600 championship when the top three finishers were relegated post race for exceeding track limits. It handed the win to Adam Higgins, with Roger Orgee finishing second and Luke Cooper third.
 The next round at Castle Combe is on bank holiday Monday, August 31, where all the championships have two races and guest visitors include a host of Ferraris.