Cooper’s latest Combe win one of ‘survival’

Castle Combe FF1600 Championship leader Luke Cooper said his fifth win from five this season was a matter of “survival” after a race-long battle with Hugo Bentley-Ellis.

The Swift Cooper driver started the second Melksham Motor Spares-sponsored race of the Carnival bank holiday meeting from pole position. But he was not able to dominate like he did in race one.

Cooper instead was locked in a close fight for victory with Kevin Mills Racing’s Bentley-Ellis and the pair traded first and second places on several occasions. Bentley-Ellis’s team-mates Michael Eastwell and Roger Orgee were also close at hand throughout as was Wiltshire College Motorsport’s David Vivian.

Cooper seized the lead for the final time on the last lap to win.

“That was as close as it could’ve been, to be honest,” said Cooper. “Many times we interlocked wheels and there was a lot of survival out there. I managed to time it perfectly on the last lap to get into the lead where it mattered the most.

“The idea when you’re in front is to try and break away but I never got the gap I got in the first race so I had them right behind me.”

Cooper admitted that he had to change his mindset when he was not in first place to help him maintain his Combe season clean sweep of victories.

“As soon as they came past me, my mindset changed to do everything I can to get in the lead again,” he said. “I got into the lead and lost it again, and it was just rotating that mindset.

“The last couple of laps were all about getting into the right position.”

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