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Caterham Day at Castle Combe on 3rd May

It's Caterham Day at the Castle Combe Circuit on Monday, May 3, when around sixty

examples of one of the hairiest of road going sports cars gather to do battle at the

Caterham Carnival Raceday.


Six races for the Avon Tyres Roadsport and Supersport Caterham Championships make up

the bulk of the day's entertainment, ultra close racing between these evenly matched

machines being the order of the day. There are three different classes, from the

Roadsports B's which can and often are driven to and from the circuit, to the

Supersports, which are in full race-car style trim for their 30 minute races.


Bath's Michael Scott is typical of the drivers moving up the Caterham ladder.

Starting in the Caterham Academy, designed for those with no previous motor sport

experience, Scott moved up to Roadsports B in 2009 and made his Supersport debut at

Silverstone last month, where he finished 6th and 7th in the two races, having

qualified 8th.


Backing up the Caterhams are the three races for the circuit's ever popular

championships for saloons, single seaters and sports cars.


Ben Norton from Bratton in Wiltshire, got his 2010 campaign off to a cracking start

at Easter, when he annihilated his opposition in the Formula Ford 1600 championship

race. Norton took his Spectrum some 11 seconds clear of his nearest challenger,

Marcus Allen, by the chequered flag, so the others have plenty of work to do to

catch up.


Showing an impressive turn of speed in qualifying though, was Norton's Wiltshire

College team mate, Oliver White from Timsbury, who was alongside Norton on the front

of the grid. That this was the 17 year old's first single seater race showed in the

main event however, as he sidelined his Spectrum at the Esses on the first lap. The

2009 SaxMax saloon car champion has already shown however, that with more

experience, he has the potential to mount a strong championship challenge.


Castle Combe's Andrew Jones, one of the more senior drivers, was surprised to be

completing the podium at Easter, but seems to have his unique Ray chassis working

well. He said," This is one of the strongest fields for a long time, so I am very

pleased with the way things are going".


Out of kilter at the first round, but not to be discounted in any way, were the

Fisher brothers from Bridgwater. Having both qualified well down the field as they

helped each other with car issues, the pair fought through brilliantly, Josh

claiming 4th, from 21st on the grid and reigning Class B champion, Felix, taking



The meat in the Fisher sandwich was Saltford's Steven Jensen, having his first run

in the Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum. 


Hoping to get on terms with Class B leader, Allen, is Bradford on Avon's David

Vivian, another Wiltshire College driver.


Chippenham's Kyle Tilley was a clear winner of Class C at Easter in his Van Diemen

RF87, Westbury's John Hallam needing to close a large speed deficit in the RIADRO

Racing RF89.


The thrills in the National Mobile Windscreens Saloon Car Championship will come

from the in-class battles if the last meeting was anything to go by. In the class

for two wheel drive cars up to 3 litres, Bristol's Mark Wyatt in the Astra held off

the pole sitting turbo SEAT Ibiza of Stonehouse's Bill Brockbank, to take the class

victory after the Cupra expired on the penultimate lap. Tony Hutchings from Calne

continues to improve his Audi TT but they all face a new challenge from Hilperton's

Tim Hanlon, the 1999 champion, whose SEAT Ibiza Cupra has been waiting in the wings

until finally perfected. Also waiting has been Adam Prebble, who has his debut in

the Rover Turbo his brother, Gary, won the 2002 championship in.


Another immense battle will be seen in Class C, which last time went to Yate's Nick

Charles, who was phenomenally quick in his 106 to take 3rd overall, winning the

class from Bristol's David Kift and Chippenham's Will Di Claudio, similarly equipped

in 5th and 6th places overall.


The 2009 champion, Jason Cooper from Yatton Keynell, has yet to score or even race

with the others as the new class C engine in his Fiesta came to a halt on the first

lap with a faulty crank sensor. 


Olly Lewis from Peasedown St John is still recovering from his accident last year,

but if his rapid Peugeot makes the grid it should dominate Class D and worry some of

the bigger cars in the process.


Trowbridge's Andrew Shanley looked to have the PSC Castle Combe Sports and GT

Championship race in the bag at Easter, only for an engine problem to sideline him,

handing the win to reigning champion, Simon Tilling, another Radical driver. 


Bath's Guy Parr will be looking for a repeat of his 3rd overall in the Wayne Poole

Racing Nemesis whilst Highly Modified Class champion Mark Funnell from Trowbridge

continues to astound by driving his Lotus Exige to and from the circuit and blitzing

Class B.


Class D for Production Sports & Saloon cars sees Castle Combe's Keith Sprules out

for the first time this year in his bright yellow Ferrari 360.


Completing the action is a round of the Lenham Sports Cars MG Midget Challenge, with

everything from relatively unmodified road going cars to the full race 'Spridgets'.

These 40+ year old cars are astoundingly quick and it's hard to believe they still

use the old BMC 'A series' engine as motive power.


Monday's action starts at 8.45 am with qualifying, racing getting under way from

12.15 pm.


Admission prices are yet again held from last year at £15 for Adults, £7.50 for

OAPs, £2.50 for Paddock Transfer, whilst accompanied children under 16 are admitted



For further information, visit the Castle Combe Circuit website on


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