Brendon Leigh adds Castle Combe one-off to FF1600 programme

Double F1 Esports champion Brendon Leigh will race for Kevin Mills Racing in the Castle Combe FF1600 Championship in association with Melksham Motor Spares at its May Bank Holiday meeting.

FF1600 rookie Leigh impressed on his debut in the Avon Tyres BRSCC National FF1600 Championship at Snetterton, although his results of 10th followed by two DNFs did not truly reflect his pace.

The Esports champion had finished fourth on the road in his first appearance but was later demoted following a driving standards penalty, which had been handed out for contact with Jonathan Browne.

Leigh completed a test at Castle Combe yesterday, lapping the 1.85-mile circuit just two tenths off the pole position time at last month’s Castle Combe FF1600 season opener.

He is set to run in the same Spectrum chassis which he raced in the Avon Tyres BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 championship at Snetterton, despite suffering a recurring issue that forced a double retirement on the second day of the meeting.

“Unfortunately, on the safety car restart there was a problem with the car which caused it to spin in turn one and unfortunately went straight into the tyre wall at quite high speed,” said Leigh following the Snetterton round.

“Fair play to the team, they got an absolutely amazing job done to repair the car for race three but unfortunately in race three the same problem happened, so we decided to park the car on lap one for safety reasons.”

Following the Snetterton round, KMR went to work and found nothing fundamentally wrong with the car. The brake pads were changed, and the car has worked well in testing since.

“Kevin Mills Racing does a fantastic job with the car. They set up the car and are very knowledgeable and I couldn’t be with a better team.

“I completely trust them and completely trust their car and Neil [Maclennan] is a great team-mate; we push each other very hard and are very close in pace.”

Another surprise entry for the third race of the Castle Combe FF1600 season is Tom McArthur, who regularly races in the Avon Tyres BRSCC Northern Formula Ford 1600 Championship, especially at his local circuit, Oulton Park.

McArthur’s first race meeting of the year did not go to plan, with car damage sustained in a qualifying accident leaving him unable to compete in any of the subsequent races in the Northern FF1600 season opener.

Luke Cooper is also on the entry list despite worries over sourcing an engine to use, after he borrowed team-mate Thomas Capezzone’s unit to compete in round one.

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