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Reports > Castle Combe - Grand Finals day October 10th 2015

A historic win for Josh Fisher

With the 2015 Castle Combe Formula Ford Class C Championship already secured by Josh Fisher in the WPR run Richard Hudson-Evans' Reynard 89FF the team headed to the final event of the year without too much pressure on them.

Paractice was largely uneventful with the team's 4 Class C cars performing as has become expected. This included another remarkable practice performance from Josh who qualified 4th overall with a 1m 10.93s run to put him ahead of many of the fancied Class A and B runners. Steve Bracegirdle qualified 19th and third in Class C just ahead of Pete Diccox in Wayne Poole's own Van Diemen RF88 and Rory Smith, having his first run in Father Ray's similar car.

The race was anything but uneventful as Josh made a good start to hold third place for a couple of laps before moving into second and then taking the lead on Lap 5 from the Spectrum 11c of Michael Moyers. Moyers got back in front again on Laps 6 and 7 but lost the lead for good on Lap 8 and despite sitting on Josh's tail he eventually finished a couple of tenths back leaving Josh to take the first Class C car to overall victory in recent memory.

Behind Josh, the other drive of the race was by Rory Smith who, on his debut, worked his way up to finish third in Class C (12th overall) with a best lap well over a second faster than his best practice. Steve Bracegirdle and Pete Diccox both completed the race a little further back.

As is customary at the final event of the season there was a Formula Ford carnival race. Again WPR had four Class C cars entered but for this race Andrew Higginbottom replaced Pete Diccox in the team's Van Diemen RF88. Josh qualified well in 3rd place overall and it was Andrew who also put in an excellent practice to line up 12th and third in Class C. Just behind were Rory and Steve in 19th and 20th places. The race was another battle between Josh and Michael Moyers and, although this time Josh didn't make the front of the race, he was less than a tenth adrift at the finish. Andrew had another good race, getting the better of David Cobbold to take 2nd in Class C. Steve finished 19th and Rory had to retire on Lap 6.

WPR also had a couple of cars out for the Saloon race and Guy Parr, having an occasional outing in his Fiesta, went well in practice to qualify 13th on the grid (coincidentally in car #13) and third in Class C. Unfortunately Guy was unable to take the start. Steve Bracegirdle was having another run in the team's Mini JCW and qualified 29th and finished 23rd.

Photos courtesy of Richard Hudson-Evans