Reigning Castle Combe FF1600 champion Josh Fisher will not compete in either race at the Combe Carnival bank holiday meeting due to an engine issue sustained in qualifying.
Fisher of Wayne Poole Racing completed only four laps in the session in his Van Diemen and set just one lap time before hitting engine problems.
“[It’s] engine related but not 100% sure yet,” said Fisher. “Felt the engine tighten up and lose power. Had to call it a day. Not much more to say than that.
“That’s it for the day. We haven’t got another engine to put in at the moment. Game over I’m afraid. Bit of a shame. We’ve had a couple of issues since the start of the season and haven’t got them sorted yet.
“Obviously after last year it was disappointing but that’s racing.”
Fisher’s qualifying time in the Melksham Motor Spares sponsored meeting would have been good enough for a seventh place start in race one. He would have had to start race two from the back as that grid is based on second best qualifying times.
Fisher also conceded his hopes of retaining his Combe FF1600 championship were now over after the mechanical failure.
Luke Cooper currently leads the points table after winning the first three races of the season; he was 31 points ahead of Fisher prior to the double-header meeting.
“The championship’s gone so we won’t be bothered about that,” Fisher continued. “Just going to be doing it for fun, to try to get the car back to where it was for the end of year events like the [Formula Ford] Festival and the Walter Hayes.
“That’s my main focus now, getting the car good for that.”