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2nd & 3rd for Bracegirdle and Higginbottom at Combe

The Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship shared the Saturday race line up with their historic counterparts and the WPR team were present with Josh Fisher in the Richard Hudson-Evans' Van Diemen JL14 along with Steve Bracegirdle and Pete Diccox with their RF89s and Andrew Higginbottom in the team's RF88.

Morning practice was cold and wet and saw Josh qualify a satisfactory third while the others were near the rear of the grid. Andrew only got in 4 laps as his car was held up in scrutineering having its rain light checked. Steve, who normally dislikes the wet, was happy to imrpove of his wet PB by about 4 seconds having tried a different set up.

The race was dry and sunny but Josh didn't get away very strongly to slot in to fourth place by the time the field reached Quarry. After running with the leaders in the early going Josh slowly fell back as he was having difficulty selecting fourth gear.

Steve made an excellent start and was up to 18th by Lap 2 after starting in 22nd and ahead of a pack of Class B cars. Pete also started well but soon dropped to the back of the field with a very obvious misfire although he still managed to lap in the 1m 18s and 19s. Andrew had invested in a new set of tyres for this race and was following advice to take it easy in the opening laps. But as the tyres came in he very quickly reeled in the group of Class B cars that Steve was still leading and got into the 1m 14s in the process.

Unfortunately it all came to an end on Lap 9 when Pete was involved with one of the leaders while being lapped which brought out the red flag. Despite a fair bit of front end damage, Pete emerged unscathed and with the results being taken at the end of 8 laps Josh managed a fifth overall and Steve and Andrew finishing 2nd and 3rd in Class C respectively.