Fisher claims victory despite late Cooper charge

Wayne Poole Racing’s Josh Fisher claimed victory in the final Castle Combe FF1600 Championship race ahead of Swift Cooper’s Luke Cooper.

Cooper started the race from pole position but Fisher was able to jump him at the start, with Cooper falling behind returning legend Kevin Mills’ Spectrum 011 and, at the end of the lap, David Vivian – who started on the back row.

Vivian (Spectrum 10b) was running in the top four at the end of the first lap, despite his lowly starting position caused by not setting a lap time in qualifying.

Vivian, Cooper (Swift SC16) and Hawkins, in a Ray GR11, were all battling for position behind Mills which allowed Fisher, in his Van Diemen JL14, to pull out a gap of over five seconds.

Once Cooper had passed Vivian and Mills, he was able to bring the gap down – taking around half-a-second a lap out of Fisher’s lead.

As they crossed the finish line and took the chequered flag after 15 laps, the gap between them was 0.857s.

Wiltshire College Motorsport’s Vivian was able to hold on to third place despite losing time to Hawkins. Hawkins came home in fourth.

Mills would eventually finish in fifth place, 38 seconds off the lead.

Shaun Macklin, in a Swift SC92, claimed a class B victory with a sixth-placed finish overall ahead of class C winner Wayne Poole (Van Diemen RF88).

Lloyd Hopes finished in eighth with Paul Mason and Alex Rivett completing the top 10.

Michael Phillips was 11th with Alan Slater, the sole class D competitor, finishing 12th and last in his Nike Mk4.

Race results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 A Josh Fisher Van Diemen 15 laps
2 A Luke Cooper Swift +0.857
3 A David Vivian Spectrum +29.684
4 A Tom Hawkins Ray +33.841
5 A Kevin Mills Spectrum +38.362
6 B Shaun Macklin Swift +55.757
7 C Wayne Poole Van Diemen +1:06.703
8 B Lloyd Hopes Swift +1:06.895
9 B Paul Mason Swift +1:07.069
10 B Alex Rivett Swift +1:09.922
11 C Michael Phillips Swift +1 lap
12 D Alan Slater Nike +1 lap
Fastest lap: Cooper, 1:10.323

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