Alex Rivett’s accident in last month’s Castle Combe FF1600 Championship by Melksham Motor Spares qualifying has forced him to reconsider his racing plans for 2020.
Rivett went off-track in qualifying for the seventh race of the season, after one of his wheels sheared off going into Quarry.
The detached wheel went over the barrier into a spectator area. A Castle Combe official confirmed to FF1600website that no-one was injured and that the incident is being investigated.
Unable to set any further laps, Rivett fell to 17th in qualifying and then did not contest the weekend’s two races.
“As I approached up to Avon Rise on about lap seven, I wanted to leave my braking as late as possible, more so than before [and] as I pushed on the brakes, I felt something a little odd,” Rivett told FF1600website of the incident.
“The car went sideways but then snapped back straight. I managed to slow the car down into Quarry, however as I turned in, the wheel sheared off and I was left with a rather tricky situation.
“I managed to slow the car down enough to limit damage but the wheel had come off and glanced a spectator.
“We later discovered that there was a defect in the stub axle which resulted in it sheering at the top of the rise however it would’ve likely started going a lap or two prior.”
Although Rivett was glad he managed to get some track time in before the accident, the damage to his car has forced him to reconsider his plans for next year, as he now intends to race in the Mazda MX-5 championship.
“Although previously being put in motion, this has been a large decider for me to move series,” added Rivett.
“I shall be heading to the BRSCC MX-5 championship next season to compete there and hopefully have some better luck. I will still be keeping the number 13 though… I want to prove that it is the right number!”