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ne of the Castle Combe Circuit's best ever programmes of racing awaits spectators at the Wiltshire circuit's Lux Raceday on bank Holiday Monday August 31.

The new MGF Cup, TVRs, Caterhams and the National Saloon Car Cup are the highlights, guaranteed to provide some of the most entertaining racing on the planet.

The MGF Cup is new for 1998 and follows the same successful format of previous championships from the Rover group. The identically prepared 2 seater sportscars feature sealed 1800cc engines, developing some 190 bhp. With a weight of 970 kilos and race tyres they should prove spectacular and quick. A number of one make specialist drivers are making their mark and include lady driver Suzi Hart-Banks.

The TVR Tuscans make their second visit of the year to the circuit after their spectacular weekend of racing in July. The times set by the front runners were stunningly fast, with averages of over 110 mph commonplace. Ian McKellar and Bobby Verdon-Roe will continue their battles with Martin Short snapping at their heels.

Described by one commentator as possibly the greatest race seen ever, the Caterham action at July meeting was almost unbelievable to behold. Trains of cars, virtually joined together, with the lead swopping continually throughout a lap is what can be expected from both the 1600 Roadsters and the Superlight Rs.

The Dunlop National Saloon Cup Race features cars from the showroom such as the Honda Integra, Nissan Primera, and Saab 9.3.

Local interest is all Honda based with Stuart Clarke from Stoney Stratton in an Integra Type R and the pair of Civic VTIs built at the Swindon Honda factory by Dave Allan and Kevin, also from Swindon.

Further saloon car action comes from the diverse BRSCC Super Coupe Cup.

The local saloon car entertainment comes from the circuit's Pagid Performance Braking Saloon Car Championship. Radstock's Julian Howell, currently in joint second place in the championship with his beloved Mini, is joined by brother Matthew. This is Matthew's debut race, in a Metro, also in Class C. Bridgwater's Tony Dolley is the pace setter in Class B in his Corsa, well clear of his nearest rival.

Bath's John Barnard will be hoping a recent test at Snetterton has found the answer to his LM3000's handling problems which have stymied his progress in the Mobile Windscreens Special GT Championship.

Single seater fans have potentially one of the best races of the day to look forward to. The HEAT Formula Ford 1600 championship had a five car battle for the lead at the last round with Salisbury's Robin Parsons demoted to second in the championship. Hugh Elliott from Bradford On Avon despite a disappointing finish at the last round.

Monday's action starts at 8.30 am with qualifying, racing getting under way from 13-30. 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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