Josh Fisher fends off brother Felix Fisher for Castle Combe victory

Josh Fisher fended off Felix Fisher to secure victory in the first Castle Combe FF1600 by Melksham Motor Spares race of the day.

The elder of the Fisher brothers kept the lead from pole, but was unable to escape fast starting Felix who moved from third into second, demoting Luke Cooper.

It looked as if Josh would be able to pull away in the early laps as he pulled out a 0.7s advantage over the squabbling Felix and Cooper behind, but Felix soon found his rhythm and began to pull away from the pursuing Swift and close on Josh.

Josh was able to match Felix’s every move, however, despite several looks from the Ray into Tower throughout the second part of the race, and held on to win by just 0.326s.

Cooper began to struggle in the closing stages with a gearbox issue, meaning he dropped back in the final couple of laps but had enough of a lead over fourth placed Tom Hawkins to keep third and the final podium position.

Felix and Cooper both received five-second penalties for track limit infringements as they crossed the line, but retain their respective positions as they were far enough ahead of Hawkins.

David Cobbold rounded out the top five and took Class C honours in the process behind the wheel of his Van Diemen RF89, just two-tenths clear of Harry Cobbold’s Class A Ray machine.

Paul Mason scored victory in Class B with his Swift SC94, while in Class D Alan Slater took victory in his Nike Mk4.

Chris Acton and Matthew Hallam took seventh and eighth in their Ray and Spectrum 011c examples, while Adam Higgins recovered from 18th on the grid to ninth ahead of his father, four-time Castle Combe FF champion Bob Higgins in their pair of new Firmans.

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 A Josh Fisher Van Diemen 11:53.538
2 A Felix Fisher Ray +5.326
3 A Luke Cooper Swift +9.528
4 A Tom Hawkins Ray +16.692
5 C David Cobbold Van Diemen +21.433
6 A Harry Cobbold Ray +21.665
7 A Chris Acton Ray +22.831
8 A Matthew Hallam Spectrum +23.316
9 A Adam Higgins Firman +23.878
10 A Bob Higgins Firman +34.292
11 B Paul Mason Swift +36.235
12 B Shaun Macklin Swift +37.946
13 C Steve Bracegirdle Van Diemen +1 LAP
14 A Kieran Attwood Ray +1 LAP
15 D Alan Slater Nike +1 LAP
16 D Peter Hannam Nike +1 LAP
17 C James Colborn Van Diemen DNF

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