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Cooper takes double Combe pole ahead of Eastwell

Luke Cooper will start on pole position for both Melksham Motor Spares Castle Combe FF1600 bank holiday races after a session-long battle with Kevin Mills Racing’s Michael Eastwell.

Cooper’s fastest and second fastest times were enough to claim pole position for rounds four and five of the championship. Cooper has won every round of the season so far.

Kevin Mills Racing’s Michael Eastwell will start second for both races ahead of Castle Combe debutant Hugo Bentley-Ellis.

Eastwell, driving a Spectrum, initially set the pace for qualifying with a 1m11.329s, almost half a second ahead of Cooper.

But the Future Inns/Swift Cooper driver responded with a 1m10.721s to claim top spot place back from Eastwell – also by almost half a second.

Eastwell was able to close the gap to around a tenth of a second before posting a 1m10.241s on his final lap to go fastest.

But Cooper was able to respond once again and posted a 1m.10.000s to claim pole position, with his earlier 1m10.339s enough to claim pole for the second race.

Kevin Mills Racing’s Eastwell posted a 1m11.329s early on in the session to top the timesheets by four-tenths of a second from Castle Combe debutant Hugo Bentley-Ellis.

Eastwell’s Kevin Mills Racing team-mate, Bentley-Ellis, will start there for both races from third after his first qualifying session around the Castle Combe circuit.

Roger Orgee (Ray) will start fourth for both races ahead of Wiltshire College Motorsport’s David Vivian (Spectrum) and Tom Hawkings, driving a Ray.

Josh Fisher will start seventh for the first race but did not set a second fastest time and will start from the back of the grid for race two.

Paul Barnes, competing in a Swift for Soloheat/Souley Motorsport, was eighth fastest overall as well as topped the Class B runners, ahead of Paul Mason (Swift), Steve Bracegirdle (Van Diemen) and Alex Rivett (Swift).

Qualifying Race 1 Results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 A Luke Cooper Swift 1m10.000
2 A Michael Eastwell Spectrum +0.241
3 A Hugo Bentley-Ellis Spectrum +0.441
4 A Roger Orgee Ray +0.889
5 A David Vivian Spectrum +0.958
6 A Tom Hawkins Ray +2.376
7 A Josh Fisher Van Diemen +2.892
8 B Paul Barnes Swift +3.387
9 B Paul Mason Swift +3.407
10 C Steve Bracegirdle Van Diemen +4.044
11 B Alex Rivett Swift +7.830

Qualifying Race 2 Results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 A Luke Cooper Swift 1m10.339
2 A Michael Eastwell Spectrum +0.239
3 A Hugo Bentley-Ellis Spectrum +0.357
4 A Roger Orgee Ray +0.615
5 A David Vivian Spectrum +0.986
6 A Tom Hawkins Ray +2.084
7 B Paul Barnes Swift +3.220
8 C Paul Mason Swift +3.224
9 C Steve Bracegirdle Van Diemen +3.928
10 B Alex Rivett Swift +7.694
11 A Josh Fisher Van Diemen No time

 

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