Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship - Despite the absence of Luke Cooper, the final event of the 2019 Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship still provided a memorably tense contest. Having secured the Championship at the previous August Bank Holiday meeting, Josh Fisher (Ray GR05) made the most of a fast getaway and managed to hold-off his brother Felix Fisher (Van Diemen JL14), at the end of the opening lap. Chris Acton (Ray GR08) maintained third position, with Class C front-runner David Cobbold (Van Diemen RF89) besting Tom Hawkins (Ray GR11) on the run through Avon Rise to take fourth at the end of the opening lap.
Hawkins was soon falling into the clutches of Matthew Hallam (Spectrum 011c) after two tours. Eventually Hawkins slipped behind Hallam, before additionally losing out to Kieran Attwood (Ray GR07) on the third circuit.
Both the top and tail of the Formula Ford grid provided some enticing racing, with the Class C fight at the rear of the order between James Colburn (Van Diemen RF89) and Michael Phillips (Swift FB87) emphasising the fantastic job being done by David Cobbold who was running comfortably in the top five.
Harry Cobbold (Ray GR10) was the next to successfully usurp a struggling Hawkins who then faced pressure from Paul Mason (Swift SC94) and Shaun Macklin (Swift SC92). This trio were soon elevated a place apiece as Attwood pulled off with a smoky Spectrum.
Another late retirement was David Cobbold, a sad way to end an otherwise spectacular season punching well-above his Class C weight. Meanwhile at the front of the order, both Josh Fisher and Felix Fisher received five-second track-limits penalties, but both were out of the five-second range that would allow third-on-the-road Chris Acton to nab the victory.
Felix made a last ditch attack on the final run down the Dean Straight, but the 2019 Castle Combe Formula Ford Champion Josh Fisher held firm to take the victory. Mason finished seventh at the head of Class B securing the 2019 class honours, with Class C going the way of Colburn. Despite his late retirement Cobbold had done more than enough throughout the season to be coronated as Class C champion, with Alan Slater’s appearances having already guaranteed him the Class D championship.
Posted by Lee Bonham on Tuesday 17 September 2019