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Reports > Castle Combe 25th May 2015

A Class C one two for Wayne Poole Racing at Combe

The WPR team scored a one two finish in Class C in the Castle Combe FF1600 Championship race with Josh Fisher extending his championship lead and setting a new Class C lap record ahead of Andrew Higginbottom.

Practice went well with Josh setting a very competitive 1m 10.678s in Richard Hudson-Evans' Reynard 89FF to line up 7th on the grid well ahead of all the other Class C (and B!) cars. Andrew and Steve Bracegirdle got into the 1m 14s to qualify 4th and 5th in Class in their Van Diemens.

At the start Josh got away well and in the opening laps moved up to sixth before one of the faster Class A cars got past leaving him to finish in 7th, his starting position. A new Class C lap record also went Josh's way which was some compensation to seeing his long standing Class A record finally beaten.

Andrew made an excellent start, moving up 5 places before he thought he detected a misfire and so backed off, dropping him back losing the places he had gained. The problem, whether real or not, seemed to cure itself so Andrew set about the cars in front. Showing good race craft (according to team principal Wayne Poole) Andrew managed to regain most of the places lost to finish a very happy second in Class.

Steve also made a good start and was running well early in the race but lost out in traffic but recovered to set a PB lap of 1m 13.264s near the end to finish 4th in Class C.

Guy Parr (Fiesta) and Steve Bracegirdle (Mini Cooper) were out in the Castle Combe Saloon Championship race. Guy qualified an encouraging third in Class C while Steve was still acclimatising to the Mini. In the race Guy managed to overtake a number of cars after losing out a little at the start and spent the middle part of the race in a close battle for second in Class C until a very hairy spin on some dropped oil on lap 12 dropped him back to an eventual 4th in Class. Although not the fastest car in the Class Steve is enjoying driving the Mini and finished 25th out of a 36 car field.