Cooper keeps victory run going in disrupted CCRC race

Luke Cooper’s dominance of the Melksham Motor Spares Castle Combe Formula Ford 1600 Championship continued with his sixth win in six races at the Wiltshire circuit.

The race was red flagged and reduced to 12 laps after a first lap collision between Cooper and Tom Hawkins, whose car stopped at the Bobbies chicane.

It meant the second start featured seven cars, one less than the eight that qualified.

With the race set back to the orignial grid positions, Cooper kept his pole position on the second start, but then lost the lead on the first lap to Wayne Poole Racing’s Josh Fisher, the reigning Combe champion.

Cooper regained the lead in his Swift SC16 on the next lap, and pulled away to win by 1.6 seconds over Fisher’s Van Diemen JL14.

Wiltshire College Motorsport’s David Vivian finished in third place, a further 7.9s behind in his Spectrum 10b.

Paul Mason claimed Class B victory in fourth place, beating fellow Class B competitor Shaun Macklin by almost six seconds.

Macklin made a late-race move on Wayne Poole’s Steve Bracegirdle at Tower corner. It meant Bracegirdle, driving a Van Diemen RF89, finished in sixth place and as Class C victor.

Race results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 A Luke Cooper Swift 12 laps
2 A Josh Fisher Van Diemen +1.644
3 A David Vivian Spectrum +9.556
4 B Paul Mason Swift +37.843
5 B Shaun Macklin Swift +43.704
6 C Steve Bracegirdle Van Diemen +44.064
7 C Michael Phillips Swift +1 lap
DNS A Tom Hawkins Ray
Fastest lap: Cooper, 1:10.573

Championship standings

1 Cooper 143   2 Mason 98   3 Vivian 91   4 Bracegirdle 87   5 Fisher 60   6 Michael Eastwell 58   7 Phillips 51   8 Macklin 45   9 Paul Barnes 35   10 Hawkins 32

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