Luke Cooper claimed his first CCRC Castle Combe FF1600 Championship sponsored by Melksham Motor Spares win of the season after passing Josh Fisher on track at Quarry.
In the championship’s fourth race of the season, brothers Josh and Felix Fisher finished second and third after a final lap battle to decide the podium order.
Defending champion Cooper started from second but fell behind Felix Fisher on the opening lap.
He regained his second place starting position on lap four of 10, passing Fisher into Quarry to move into second place.
Cooper, driving a Swift SC16, then took advantage of Josh Fisher running wide on the exit of the final corner on lap seven, a fast right-hander, to get a run on the two-time circuit champion into Quarry.
As Cooper was building a gap, the Fisher brothers started to battle.
Felix (Ray GR05) briefly overtook brother Josh into Quarry corner but Josh, driving a Van Diemen JL14, was able to reclaim the position on the final lap.
By finishing ahead, Josh minimised the cut to his championship lead, which now stands at two points over Cooper.
Kevin Mills Racing’s Neil Maclennan finished fourth in the Spectrum 011C he races in the BRSCC National FF1600 championship, with Matt Rivett finishing fifth in his older Van Diemen RF91 and claiming Class B victory in the process.
Although both drivers were part of the front group of five, neither were able to make an impact on the battle for the lead.
Ray duo Chris Acton and Tom Hawkins were sixth and seventh.
Class C winner David Cobbold was eighth, holding off Cooper’s Swift Cooper team-mate Sam Street by just under a second for the position.
Four-time Castle Combe FF1600 champion Bob Higgins celebrated his 70th birthday with 12th place.
Harry Cobbold retired from the race after a single lap, while James Colborn did not start following a qualifying accident where his Van Diemen rolled at the Bobbies chicane.
Photo by Mike Stokes
|1||A||Luke Cooper||Swift||10 laps|
|2||A||Josh Fisher||Van Diemen||+2.032|
|5||B||Matt Rivett||Van Diemen||+4.995|
|8||C||David Cobbold||Van Diemen||+29.878|
|13||C||Steve Bracegirdle||Van Diemen||+42.410|
|17||C||Michael Phillips||Swift||+1 lap|
|Fastest lap: J Fisher, 1:09.4938