Cooper pips Bentley-Ellis to take fifth Combe win from five

Luke Cooper continued his dominance of the 2018 Castle Combe FF1600 Championship by taking his fifth win from five for Swift Cooper in the Carnival meeting’s second race.

He was made to work hard for the win in the Melskham Motor Spares-sponsored race and pipped second-placed Hugo Bentley-Ellis of Kevin Mills Racing after a last lap pass.

Cooper, driving a Swift, once again started from pole position but found himself challenged by the Kevin Mills Racing trio of Bentley-Ellis, Michael Eastwell and Roger Orgee as well as Wiltshire College Motorsport’s David Vivian.

Eastwell’s clutch issue on his Spectrum, which forced him to drop out of the first race, was fixed for race two.

All five put in challenges for the win with the lead changing hands on a number of occasions throughout the 10-lap race.

Eastwell was the first to take the lead from Cooper on the second lap with Orgee also making it by to put Cooper down to third.

Bentley-Ellis claimed the lead for the first time in his Spectrum on the third lap and held it for three laps before Cooper took the lead on lap six.

Cooper held the lead for a lap before Bentley-Ellis claimed it once again. Cooper though got by to lead on the the final lap and held on for victory, meaning Bentley-Ellis had to settle for second.

Eastwell finished in third place ahead of Orgee and Vivian.

Paul Barnes (Swift) finished sixth overall and was the winner of Class B, beating Swift Cooper’s Paul Mason after a last lap battle.

Steve Bracegirdle finished in eighth place while Alex Rivett crashed at Quarry after six laps.

Tom Hawkins failed to start the race after a crash in the opening round of the day while Josh Fisher suffered an engine failure in qualifying which ended his day early.

Race 2 Results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 A Luke Cooper Swift 12m01.020
2 A Hugo Bentley-Ellis Spectrum +0.332
3 A Michael Eastwell Spectrum +1.827
4 A Roger Orgee Ray +3.103
5 A David Vivian Spectrum +3.862
6 B Paul Barnes Swift +37.142
7 B Paul Mason Swift +37.417
8 C Steve Bracegirdle Van Diemen +55.710
DNF B Alex Rivett Swift 4 laps

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