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Sturges Combe GT 14.9.19 4

Castle Combe GT Championship - A depleted entry of ten cars comprising of some mouth-watering GT and sportscar machinery meant the finale of the 2019 Castle Combe GT Championship was a somewhat tamer affair than some of the other local categories provided in the early September sunshine.

Off the rolling-start Kevin Jones (Noble M12 RSR) lead the returning Barry Squibb and Bradley John in their Mitsubishi Evo 9 machines.

Oliver Bull (Vauxhall Tigra Silhouette) held fourth after losing out to John at the start and 2019 champion Jamie Sturges (Seat Leon TCR) maintained fifth in the early running. Sadly both Alan Hamilton (Westfield Race Aero) and Mark Sear (Vauxhall Tigra) fail to complete the opening lap without a visit to the pit-lane, with Sear forced out of the race for good.

John would struggle to hold on to his podium position and would find himself bested by both Bull and Sturges’ TCR Golf before the culmination of fifteen laps. Jeremy Cooke (BMW M3 E92) and Michael Parsons (VW Golf Edition 35 Cup) lead Del Brett (Porsche Boxster) of the depleted grid’s remaining runners, with Brett usurping Parsons before the chequered flag had flown.

Thus the 2019 season ended with a somewhat quieter race than may have been anticipated, but Jones was a deserving victor of the final event of the season and Sturges highlighted once more the Class D prowess that allowed him to claim the title before reaching Grand Finals Race Day. Squibb and Hamilton took the final victories in Classes A and B respectively.

Posted on Tuesday 17 September 2019
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