Race 1 – Castle Combe

July 24th, 2011 by alisonpepler.

Race one saw David Moore and Tom Mills battle it out from the start with the former leading for most of the first lap.  Tom got a run into last corner, Camp Corner to take over at the front, but it didn’t last long as David was back ahead on the start/finish straight.

The only female racers in the series, Sarah Franklin and Sarah Moore had a good dice, with Moore slipstreaming at Avon Rise as they then headed side by side into Quarry.  The youngster stuck it up the inside on lap four to take 3rd.

Further down the field,  Andrew O’Dell and James Palmer, fighting for 5th, provided more entertainment for the crowds, putting up a good fight throughout the race.  James closed the gap everytime going into the Esses, but Andrew, racing a smart car for the first time kept the 4two cup founder behind him.

Up at the front, the duel was getting closer, but when Tom locked up at the Esses, it put an end to his challenge.  David took his second race win in the series by 2.667 seconds.  Tom and David’s sibling Sarah, took the final steps of the podium.

David was pleased to take another race win:  ‘At the start it was fairly close and then after the first couple of laps most of the pack dropped off and Tom stayed behind me.  He made a mistake and then I had a pretty clear race.’

Despite his mistake, Tom was happy to get on the podium:  ‘It was a fantastic race because the cars are very evenly matched. During the first five laps we were trading places which was really good fun.  The cars are a joy to drive.’

A first smart race for Sarah and she was disappointed not to have made the top step:  ‘I would have liked a first, but I’m not quite as good as my brother just yet.  Nigel is in the second race so it might be more difficult, but he starts from the back of the grid so that should be interesting.’

1.  David Moore

2.  Tom Mills

3.  Sarah Moore

4.  Sarah Franklin

5.  James Palmer

6.  Andrew O’Dell

7.  Howard  Kayman

8.  David Nash

9.  Paul Bates

10.  Paul Abraham

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