Luke Cooper claimed a lights-to-flag victory in the opening Castle Combe FF1600 Championship race of the Carnival bank holiday meeting, continuing his clean sweep of wins this season.
Cooper, driving for Future Inns/Swift Cooper, quickly took control of proceedings from pole to lead all of the re-started race.
Kevin Mills Racing’s Michael Eastwell challenged Cooper on the opening two laps before Cooper pulled out a gap to the Spectrum. Eastwell then retired after seven of the 10 laps due to clutch issues.
The race, sponsored by Melksham Motor Spares, had to be re-started after Tom Hawkins crashed early on. Drivers took their original grid positions for the re-start. Hawkins was unable to take part in the reconvened race.
Roger Orgee (Ray) had a good launch at the re-start to move into third place, ahead of Hugo Bentley-Ellis and David Vivian.
The trio were nose-to-tail throughout the race and, despite Bentley-Ellis’s best efforts, kept in the same positions until the latter stages of the race.
Then at the Quarry right-hander Bentley-Ellis and Orgee made contact with Bentley-Ellis picking up damage to his nose cone and Orgee going off into the barriers. Both were able to continue.
It meant that Bentley-Ellis finished 8.367s behind Cooper to claim second place with Vivian completing the podium.
Orgee survived the off at Quarry to finish in fourth place.
Soloheat/Souley Motorsport’s Paul Barnes claimed victory in Class B by three-tenths of a second from Swift Cooper’s Paul Mason as the pair finished fifth and sixth overall.
Steve Bracegirdle, driving a Van Diemen for Wayne Poole Racing, finished in seventh ahead of Alex Rivett’s Swift.
Race 1 Results
|7||C||Steve Bracegirdle||Van Diemen||+47.214|
|DNF||A||Michael Eastwell||Spectrum||7 laps|
|DNF||A||Tom Hawkins||Ray||0 laps|
|DNS||A||Josh Fisher||Van Diemen|