Eastwell takes lights-to-flag Combe victory

Michael Eastwell took a dominant lights-to-flag win in the second Castle Combe FF1600 Championship sponsored by Melksham Motor Spares, resisting the challenge of race one winner Josh Fisher.

Eastwell started from pole position and added to his tally of race wins over the bank holiday weekend after he was victorious in both Champion of Brands races on Saturday.

Driving for Kevin Mills Racing, Eastwell held off a challenge from Fisher on the opening green flag laps – with the safety car deployed for Wiltshire College Motorsport’s David Vivian who spun at Quarry.

Racing resumed on the third lap where Eastwell was able to pull away from Fisher, winning by 1.577 seconds.

Fisher in his Van Diemen finished in second place despite coming under pressure from KMR’s Roger Orgee in the latter stages of the 10-lap race, with Orgee crossing the line in his Spectrum in third.

Double CCRC FF1600 champion Adam Higgins was fourth with Tom Hawkins (Ray GR11) in fifth place.

Paul Mason claimed the Class B victory in his Swift SC94, holding off Shaun Macklin (Swift SC92) by 0.326s.

Reynard-driving Matthew Hallam, on his debut at Castle Combe, won in Class C ahead of Michael Phillips (Swift FB87). Alex Rivett was 10th in his Swift SC92 and the last of the classified runners.

Class C champion Steve Bracegirdle retired halfway through the race after pulling up on the start/finish straight.

Race results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 A Michael Eastwood Spectrum 12m46.479
2 A Josh Fisher Van Diemen +1.577
3 A Roger Orgee Spectrum +2.365
4 A Adam Higgins Spectrum +3.596
5 A Tom Hawkins Ray +30.664
6 B Paul Mason Swift +42.166
7 B Shaun Macklin Swift +42.492
8 C Matthew Hallam Reynard +48.303
9 C Michael Phillips Swift +1m09.462
10 B Alex Rivett Swift +1m13.121
DNF C Steve Bracegirdle Van Diemen
DNF D Peter Hannam Nike 1970
DNF A David Vivian Spectrum

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