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The country’s most outrageous racing package makes a welcome return for the Castle Combe Circuit’s two day ‘EUROCAR RACING FESTIVAL’ on Saturday and Sunday September 12 and 13.
Modelled on the hugely popular American NASCAR series, Eurocar has the accent very much on entertainment. Five different championships make up the package, but it’s the V8s, V6s and Pick-Up Sports which are at its heart.
Some tremendous action from the mighty V8s last year is boosted by a much bigger field in 1998. Many of the names will be familiar though, particularly that of Barry Lee, the former World Hot Rod Champion. Expect some memorable moments from the fire breathing monsters, especially those under the control of Mark Willis, Stevie Hodgson and Mike Jordon.
The V6s will be just as interesting, their unique method of drawing grid positions resulting in non stop action thoughout the field. It’s the same story with the Pick-Up Sports, their races still strong in the memory from last year. Where else would you find 2 litre trucks in garish colours, lapping faster than most saloon cars, with literally inches between them?
Single seaters are also part of the package, the BRSCC Formula Firsts promising nose to tail dicing and including local driver Andrew Stevens from Warminster.
The Big Boys Toys Beetle Cup is familiar to Castle Combe regulars, the ever popular Volkswagens not the fastest racing machines in the world, but a lot of fun for both the drivers and the spectators!
The Goodyear Maranello Ferrari Challenge race is the most notable event on Saturday and has its usual huge entry including Pewsey’s Graham Reeder in his Class O winning F355. Bristol drivers Shaun Powell appears in a F355B and Yeovil’s Gary Culver in a 328.
Alfa Romeos and Ford saloons are other Saturday treats and include Bristol’s Mark Henning in a 75 3.0 V6, Swindon’s Andrew Kingerlee in a 1.7 litre 33 and Chippenham’s Nick Barfoot in a 1.5 litre example.
Mini racing is almost synonymous with Castle Combe and both the Se7ens and the Migilas make a welcome return on Sunday, with Mike Edgell from Chilcompton representing the West Country.
The Circuit’s own championship are drawing to an exciting climax with local hopes pinned on Radstock’s Julian Howell at the top of the points in Class C of the Pagid Performance Braking Saloon Car Championship. Bridgwater’s Tony Dolley is challenging for outright victory in his Class B Vauxhall Corsa, whilst Bath’s John Moon is finally hoping to have his Calibra 4x4 Turbo ready after a number of setbacks.
In the HEAT Formula Ford 1600 championship, Hugh Elliot from Bradford On Avon holds on to his points lead in Class B in his Van Diemen. Battling to regain the lead of Class A is Robin Parsons from Sailsbury in his Swift SC92F.
Bath’s John Barnard will be hoping that recent work to his LM 3000 will have him back in contention in the Mobile Windscreens Special GT Championship. Chris Farrell, also from Bath, is one to watch for his amazing starts in his diminutive Caterham.
Saturday’s action starts at 8.30 am with qualifying, racing getting under way from 14.30. Sunday practice is from 8.45 am, racing from 12.15 Admission charges are £4 Saturday / £10 Sunday for adults and £1 Saturday / £2.50 Sunday for Children, OAP’s and paddock transfer.
Tel: 01249 782417
Information: off the B4039 5 miles north of Chippenham