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Combe Carnival race day

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The second May Bank Holiday weekend marks the end of Spring and presages the start of Summer in the United Kingdom. That means Carnival time to many, thus it was entirely appropriate to follow May Madness – the second event of the Castle Combe Racing Club season – with the Combe Carnival, an all action event three weeks later in which the four resident race groups were interspersed with the typically frenetic return of the Caterham Graduates Racing Club.

The Formula Ford, Saloons and GT championship contenders had important points-paying double-headers taking them to the mid-point of the season, while the Hot Hatch Series racers provided a drama-laced finale to the day’s sport. Following heavy overnight rain and a muggy overcast day, which did not harbour the forecast showers, the sun even came out to greet the ‘Hatchers’ at the end of the afternoon throughout which faithful spectators were royally entertained.

Luke Cooper stretched his 100 per cent 2018 FF1600 winning record to five wins, but had to dig deep to repel feisty newcomer Hugo Bently-Ellis. Joint Saloon table-toppers Gary Prebble and Simon Thornton-Norris both hit mechanical issues – ‘Prebbs’ failing to score – which enabled smaller capacity class leaders Matthew Parr and Adrian Slade to overhaul them with perfect scores. Defending GT champion Ilsa Cox stretched her lead with another fastest lap bonus point. Former Saloon titlist Will di Claudio blitzed the Hot Hatch curtain-closer after rivals Chris Southcott and Josh Harvey – both winners on May 8 – collided in an unfortunate racing incident at Tower.

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Posted on Friday 1 June 2018

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