A depleted grid of fifteen cars did not preclude the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship producing an enthralling contest in appalling conditions. The initial phase of the race had to be red-flagged after both Luke Cooper and Michael Eastwell deposited their Swift and Spectrum chassis at Tower corner on consecutive laps, aquaplaning on standing water.
Following the short stoppage for barrier repairs, the race resumed with pole-sitter Josh Fisher leading the early charge in his Van Diemen JL14. Soon a three-car train formed for the lead, with Fisher heading Kevin Mills Racing team-mates and championship pretenders Michael Moyers (Spectrum 011c) and Roger Orgee (Ray GR17). The trio ran in tandem for half of the shortened race duration, before a clash between the team-mates at Bobbies damaged Orgee’s suspension and forced him to the pits for repairs. This left Fisher to claim his second success of the season, with Moyers and Rob Hall’s Ray GR16 rounding out the podium. However, behind the podium trio the racing was equally as intense. Matt Cox proved his wet weather credentials with a storming drive from thirteenth on the grid in his Spectrum 011B. His performance featured a daring move around the outside of Paul Barnes (Swift SC92) and Andrew Higginbottom (Van Diemen RF88) at Camp corner, making the most of the additional grip available on the ‘karting’ outside line to pull-off the move of the Formula Ford season so far. Higginbottom would claim Class C success and a respectable sixth position overall. In contrast Barnes’ race ended practically within sight of the chequered flag, a spin leaving his car embedded in the field on the inside of the Dean straight. Swift SC92 mounted duo Richard Morris and Shaun Macklin diced for the Class B honours, with Morris ultimately claiming the class victory.
Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship (10 laps) 1 Josh Fisher (Van Diemen JL14) 2 Michael Moyers (Spectrum 011c) +0.160s; 3 Robert Hall (Ray GR16) 4 Matt Cox (Spectrum 011B); 5 Archie Hine (Van Diemen JL12); 6 Andrew Higginbottom (Van Diemen RF88) . Class winners Higginbottom; Richard Morris (Swift SC92). Fastest lap Moyers 1m25.666s (77.74mph). Pole Fisher. Starters 13.Posted by Lee Bonham on Tuesday 30 May 2017