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Reports > CCRC Big Race week-end July 2019

Fisher forges ahead and podiums for Bracegirdle

Josh Fisher took two race wins at Castle Combe on the 6th & &th July to move into the lead of the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship with the Van Diemen JL14 and score the first wins for the Swindon Powertrain tuned engine. As an additional bonus, car owner, Richard Hudson Evans was in attendance at the 'Big Race week-end' which also saw Steve Bracegirdle take a couple of second places in Class C with his Van Diemen RF89.

For the first race Josh qualified on pole and led from start to finish, narrowly ahead of brother, Felix although the gap was extended to over 5 seconds after a track limits violation penalty had been applied. Steve qualified and finished second in Class C behind the flying David Cobbold. The unlucky James Colborn suffered gearbox problems in practice and although he took the start, he was unable to do more than a couple of laps before retiring. The problem may date back to an accident at a previous meeting and the gearbox has been despatched to Mark Bailey Racing for a thorough check over.

For the second race Josh was again on pole and led for the first five laps before being edged down to second by Luke Cooper, finishing just behind the works Swift. But another track limits penalty saw the Swift driver demoted to second place leaving the win to the Wayne Poole Racing driver. Steve again qualified and finished second.

Steve Bracegirdle was also out in the Mini Cooper S for a couple of Hot Hatch Challenge races and completed a very enjoyable and successful week-end by taking a third and fourth place in Class E foloowing some good, mid-field battles.

Thanks to Mike Stokes of Trackside Images for the photos.