Cooper on pole as legend Mills returns

Newly-crowned Castle Combe FF1600 champion Luke Cooper claimed pole position for the season finale, holding off the challenge of Josh Fisher, as series legend Kevin Mills made a comeback.

Cooper’s time of 1m10.634s was enough for him to start the season finale for the CCRC FF1600 Championship sponsored by Melksham Motor Spares ahead of Fisher, who was a tenth slower.

The Swift Cooper driver set the early pace with a 1m10.944s before setting his best time. Fisher was the only driver within a second of Cooper.

Kevin Mills Racing team owner Mills was third fastest in one of his Spectrum 011s, setting a time of 1m12.347s.

Combe FF1600 legend and multiple title-winner Mills will be joined on the second row by Tom Hawkins (Ray GR11), who was four tenths slower.

Shaun Macklin (Swift SC94) was ahead of class B champion Paul Mason as they fill the third row – Macklin’s best time was a 1m14.425s with Mason setting a 1m15.274s.

Alan Slater, driving a Nike Mk4 in the sole class D entry, qualified seventh with class B driver Alex Rivett (Swift SC92) in eighth.

Michael Phillips was the leading class C entry in his Swift SB87, with Lloyd Hopes in 10th.

Mills wasn’t the only team boss in action – Wayne Poole was out in a  Van Diemen RF88, rounded up the field with a 1m20.329s – although he did only complete three laps in qualifying.

David Vivian (Spectrum 10b) did not set a time in qualifying after being wheeled away from the assembly area before the session started.

Qualifying results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 A Luke Cooper Swift 1m10.634
2 A Josh Fisher Van Diemen +0.102
3 A Kevin Mills Spectrum +1.713
4 A Tom Hawkins Ray +2.189
5 B Shaun Macklin Swift +3.791
6 B Paul Mason Swift +4.640
7 D Alan Slater Nike +5.773
8 B Alex Rivett Swift +6.232
9 C Michael Phillips Swift +6.275
10 B Lloyd Hopes Swift +7.780
11 C Wayne Poole Van Diemen +9.695

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