Formula Ford 1600 legend Kevin Mills says his Castle Combe driving comeback was “just about having a day out” and “promoting the championship” while his drivers are unable to race.
Mills is returning to competitive racing at Castle Combe for the first time in 10 years, driving a Spectrum 011 in the Castle Combe FF1600 Championship in association with Melksham Motor Spares and qualified third on the grid.
Kevin Mills Racing usually fields Michael Eastwell and Roger Orgee in the CCRC FF1600 Championship, but Eastwell is unavailable due to an F2000 race in the USA and Orgee unavailable due to work commitments.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it after not driving for 10 years now,” said Mills. “It was a bit of a shock to the system – I’ve never driven a class A car before. I have to sort of relearn everything.
“For me, it’s just about having a day out, enjoying myself while my customers are all away: Michael Eastwell is racing in America, Roger Orgee is busy with his work so he couldn’t race. Seemed a good idea for me to have a go without the pressures of running a team.
“It was about just promoting the championship and enjoying myself, having a day out with no pressures of running the team.”
Mills will line up third on the grid, behind newly crowned champion Luke Cooper and 2017 champion Josh Fisher.
The pair qualified over 1.5 seconds faster than Mills, with the three-time Combe champion under no illusions how quick his rivals will be in the race.
“Third’s OK but I’ve got no chance of keeping up with Luke Cooper and Josh Fisher. They’re a long way ahead of them,” Mills admitted.
“I think it’s more going to be a race with Tom Hawkins. If I can have a bit of fun with Tom, and try and do a good lap time, that’s enough for me.”
Mills did admit that although he placed no expectations on himself coming into the race, he did give himself a target of doing a time in the 1m11s. He set a best lap of 1m12.347s.
“I’d given myself an aim of doing a 1m11s – a 1m11.99s would do!” he said.
“So if I’m able to do that in the race, that would be good. I didn’t manage it in qualifying but maybe a bit later in the afternoon I might be able to squeeze a bit more out.”
His team has won 11 CCRC FF1600 Championships, with Mills winning three of those. Orgee is the most recent Kevin Mills Racing champion, having won in 2016.