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The Castle Combe Circuit’s annual Classic Raceday takes place on Saturday August 8th with some of the country’s most desirable older racing machinery doing battle and local drivers much in evidence.

The Boiling Point ARP Formula Three championship is likely to provide some of the fastest of the day. Cirencester’s Neil Cox has already tasted victory this year in his Ralt RT33 Toyota and will be keen for a repeat at his local circuit. The most local of them all though is Castle Combe Racing School Chief Instructor Alan Cooper, who lives immediately next door in Yatton Keynell and will be out in his Reynard 903 VW. Keith Baldwin has a little further to travel from Devizes with his Reynard 923.

The Classic Touring Car Championship visits Castle Combe for the first time since its breakaway from the TOCA package, so fans are in for a treat. The big Camaros should be rally awesome around the circuit’s fast sweeps, the Lotus Cortinas will bring back many memories from the ‘60s, whilst the Minis will be the cars to beat if it’s wet.

Powerful sports racing cars are the theme of the RJB Thundersports Championship. Stroud has John Shipman out in a GRD S74 2 litre, mixing it with the Chevron of Mike Wilds in Class A. Class E has an unusual Nomad/Porsche and even a McLaren M1 with a 5.7 litre chewy engine.

There are two races featuring classic sports cars of various ages, types and degrees of modification. The HSCC 70’s Roadsports and Historic Road Sports Championship make up one race and include some delicious Datsun 240Zs, XK120s, Sunbeam Tigers, Morgans and the usual sprinkling of Lotus. Laurence Bailey from Reading fields the ex Class B championship, winning TVR 3000M.

In the Richardson Hosken Classic Sports Car race it’s Marcos (originally built in Westbury, Wilts) versus the Lotus Elans.

Single seater fans have their own classic races. The Chris Alford Formula Ford championship always provides extremely close racing and includes Bath’s Nick Lott in a Merlyn MK11A. He’s also out in the HSCC Classic Racing Car Championship race as is Cheltenham’s Neil Dawes in a Lotus 18 Formula Junior. Completing the trio of races is Classic Formula 3.

The Circuit’s own popular and closely fought championships continue with Salisbury’s Robin Parsons due for another win in the HEAT Formula Ford Championship which he leads by 5 points. Reigning champion Kevin Mills from Gloucester gets back behind the wheel for the first time this year, having concentrated on setting up his own team so far, Parsons being one of his new drivers. Bradford On Avon’s Hugh Elliott still leads Class B but could do with another win to extend his 2 point advantage.

In the Mobile Windscreens Special GTs, Bath’s John Barnard will be desperate for jut a little luck to bring his LM3000 sports car home without a hitch, after a trying season so far. John Moon, also from Bath, is in a similar position in the Pagid Performance Braking Saloon Car Championship with his Calibra Turbo 4x4.

Radstock’s Julian Howell is still in contention at the head of that championship, but needs a little more speed from his Mini to counteract the charge from his class rival Paul Gardner in the very powerful Suzuki Swift.

Saturday’s action starts at 8.30 am with qualifying, racing getting under way from 1.15 pm. Admission charges are £8 for adults and £2.50 for children, OAP’s and paddock transfer.

Westway House
Castle Combe
SN14 7EY
Tel: 01249 782417
Information: off the B4039 5 miles north of Chippenham

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