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Reports > May 1st 2017 Raceday Castle Combe

Good results for Fisher & Higginbottom at Combe (more photos)

The early May Bank Holiday meeting at Castle Combe saw the WPR team in action in the Formula Ford and Saloon Car races.

Having won the first round of the Formula Ford Championship, Josh Fisher was looking to build on his early season form in the Richard Hudson-Evans Van Diemen RF99/JL14. Fourth fastest in practice quickly became into second place on the opening lap of the race following a good start. Josh challenged for the lead in the early laps before dropping back to third and hoping to work with the other front runners to close back in on the leader. However, it didn't work out like that and despite closing up in the closing laps and trying to retake second place Josh had to settle for third leaving the team to ponder how they might find a little more pace for the next round. In the longer term this may involve the second and newer Richard Hudson-Evans car, a Van Diemen DP08/JL17, as and when it proves faster in back to back testing.

Also in the Formula Ford race both Andrew Higginbottom (in a WPR team Van Diemen RF88) and Steve Bracegirdle (Van Diemen RF89) were involved in race long battles with Class B cars with both drivers coming out on top by the finish. Andrew again won Class C (with fastest lap) and finished a very creditable eight overall which also won him the Driver of the Day award - richly deserved..

In the Hot Hatch Challenge race Graham Cox qualified his Renault Clio mid grid and went on to finish 12th overall. In the well supported Saloon car race Graham was joined by Steve Bracegirdle in the WPR Mini. Graham qualified ahead of Steve but a good first lap saw Steve get ahead and they stayed close together for the entire race separated by 4 seconds at the end.

Thanks to Mike Stokes ( for some great photos