Kevin Jones (Noble M12 RSR) and Lucky Kehra (McLaren GT3) shared the pole-positions and race victories for the GTs double-header over The Big Race Weekend, but neither would be victorious in the race they had qualified on pole for.
The first race was dominated by Kehra in his monstrous McLaren, a better start than Jones and then a crushing drive into the distance the two key facets of Kehra’s performance in this opening race. It would prove to be a somewhat tame event, with David Krayem (Chrysler Viper Oreca GT3) and Bradley John (Mitsubishi Evo 9) qualifying and finishing third and fourth, holding form behind the leading duo. John would also claim Class A victory.
Oliver Bull (Vauxhall Tigra Silhouette) failed to make the start of the race after qualifying fifth, allowing Keith Butcher (Audi R8 LMS Ultra) an untroubled run the position in the race.
Of reigning champion Ilsa Cox (Seat Leon Cupra), she would finish behind Butcher and her Class D rival Jamie Sturges (VW Golf TCR) in seventh but elect to sit out the remainder of the GT activity for the day after her Seat struggled in the mid-Summer heatwave. Jordan Billinton (Reiter Lamborghini Gallardo GT3), Mark Sear (Vauxhall Tigra – Class F winner) and Guillaume Kerboul (Lotus Elise Si -Class E winner) rounded out the top ten and indeed the classified finishers from this well-behaved demonstration of GT racing. A highly emotional Billinton racing in tribute to his dad and also being awarded the driver of the day, would be the victor in the weekend ending Big Weekend Challenge race, leading home Jasver Sapra (BMW E36) and Kevin Bird (BMW M3).
The second and culminating race of the GT running on The Big Race Weekend would explode into life with a dramatic incident between the fast-starting Krayem and race one victor Kehra. On the run through Avon Rise after a rapid start Krayem attempted to confirm his ascension and subtly moved across the road. Contact was made and both cars endured a lurid moment before coming to a rest on the grass trackside. A red-flag was required and for both involved racing activity was cut short for the weekend.
At the resumption of racing, Jones lead away and slowly but surely pulled out a gap of ten seconds across the fifteen lap duration of the race. He was followed by John and Bull, the latter of whom had nearly been ruled-out of the event with grass filling the air-intake at the front of his Tigra Silhouette after going off track to avoid the Krayem/ Kehra clash.
As John slowly lost pace, Bull would attack and claim an assured second position and Class A victory. Butcher and Class D winner Jamie Sturges followed in tandem, fourth and fifth. Alan Hamilton (Westfield Race Aero) made-up for his own retirement from the first race with sixth, Class B victory in-hand too, ahead of Billinton, Sear and Dylan Popovic (Ginetta G50) who had similarly failed to finish the first race. Sear once again sealed Class F honours, with Michael Parsons winning Class D in his VW Golf Edition 35 Cup, another who expired in the weekend’s opening event.
The Castle Combe Racing Club Championships (CCRC) now continue next month with Combe Countdown Race Day on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26th.
Posted on Thursday 11 July 2019
at Castle Combe
18 April 2022