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Reports > Class podiums for Parr & Bracegirdle at Combe July 21/22

A pair of seconds for Parr and thirds for Bracegirdle

The Classic Sports Car Club double header meeting at Castle Combe on July 21/22 was looking to be a quieter meeting for the WPR team with only Guy Parr out on the Sunday in a couple of races with his Ford Fiesta and Steve Bracegirdle and Pete Diccox taking part in the two FF1600 races with their Van Diemen RF89s.

For the Saturday FF race Steve qualified third in class and, after a good start, held the place to the end coming in 14th overall. Pete had qualified 19th and was another to start well and was having a steady run until the last corner of the final lap. Running wide at the exit of Camp the car dug in and began a series of rolls with Pete crossing the finishing line (in 17th place!) upside down in a near copy of his roll at Copse, Silverstone a few years ago.

Undaunted and with the support of his wife, Pete elected to run team boss Wayne Poole's own RF88 the following day and comfortable completed the race in 20th place. Steve had another good run to third in class at the end.

In the Castle Combe saloon car championship race Guy Parr had to start at the back of the fileeld as he was unable to qualify on the Saturday. Driving a blinding race (13th at the end of Lap1!) Guy closed in on the class leader, getting within half a second by the penultimate lap. Had the race gone on for another lap Guy would have surely taken the Class win but 8th overall, second in class and fastest lap were a good reward for an excellent drive.

Guy also took in an allcomers saloon car race on the Sunday and after qualifying a superb fourth had an off on Lap 4, dropping to 12th overall. A fight back to 5th overall and second in class followed for Number 13 in what is becoming a successful season for the Ford Fiesta.