Racing back on track after Castle Coombe floods

May 03 2016

Flooding may have forced the cancellation of Castle Coombe’s Easter meeting as a result of Storm Katie, but the racing season finally got underway with the Historic Sports Car Club celebrating its 50th birthday.

Castle Coombe

Flooding may have forced the cancellation of Castle Coombe’s Easter meeting as a result of Storm Katie, but the racing season finally got underway with the Historic Sports Car Club celebrating its 50th birthday.
One of the most impressive sights was the recreation of the original grid for the ‘Griffiths Formula’ race, which instigated the formation of the club.  The 1966 grid included the rare and extremely valuable £3m Ferrari 166 owned by Bernard Worth, which he drove in that race some 50 years ago. Worth was joined by many other guests from that meeting, all keen to share their memories of what turned out to be an historic day.
The weekend’s racing saw lots of local racers taking part in various championships. Yate’s Chris Hignell competed in Castle Combe’s own Saloon Car Championship in his Team Blast Motorsport Fiat Punto sporting a new colour scheme. Chris was pleased with his day saying; “Another good day at Castle Combe, car home safely and in one piece and consistent 1 minute 29 second laps”.
Bristol’s Mark Wyatt won class B in the Saloon Car race finishing second overall with Hadyn King, who finished 5th overall and first in his class. Hadyn’s result was even more impressive as he was making his racing debut in his Peugeot 106 GTi.
The 40-minute Guards Trophy race took pride of place in the programme with Chevron B8s the car of choice. Dominant Simon Hadfield and Michael Schryver won in their B8, whilst the Bristol team of Dan Cox and Mike Gardiner in their 1965 TVR Griffith took a fine class win and 8th overall.
The circuits next race event is the Motors TV meeting on Monday 2nd May featuring televised racing for the circuits own championships plus races for Renault Clio, Morgans, BMWs and MGs.