CASTLE COMBE PREPARES FOR HOWARD’S DAY
It will be an emotional raceday at Castle Combe on Easter Monday as the BRSCC season gets underway with the “Howard’s Day” meeting, which will pay tribute to the circuit’s late owner, Howard Strawford, who sadly passed away last month.
The meeting, which will be jointly run with the Castle Combe Racing Club, also marks the return of the BRSCC South West Centre to the popular Wiltshire track after an absence of eight years. A total of eleven races will be packed into the Bank Holiday featuring double-headers for the four BRSCC championships on show.
The new BRSCC SuperCup for the Mk3 variant of the Mazda MX5 will get proceedings underway with the first race of the day, immediately following the Howard Tribute Parade. The SuperCup was only launched last month, so although the entry is relatively small for the first round, we expect it increase rapidly as the season progresses. The experienced trio of Will Chappell, Andrew Clarkson and Matt Davies will be amongst the favourites.
The popular Mighty Minis are always high on the list of entertainers and they have turned out in good numbers as ever. 2012 champion Chris Slade has moved up to Supers so there will be a battle royal to take his crown. Jonathan Lewis will start out as favourite but Steve Rideout and Kit Stevens, to name but two, will have strong claims to press.
The Teekay Couplings Production GTi Championship had a very promising first season with the BRSCC last year with Leamington Spa’s John Mawdsley taking the inaugural title. John is back to defend his crown and will undoubtedly face a stern test of his credentials from runner-up Simon Hill who was just thirteen points shy of top spot. Craig Roberts won the 8v class and he will also be at Combe, as long as he can get his trailer out of the snowdrift that has engulfed his West Yorkshire home!
There is no shortage of quality on the Super Mighty Minis grid, although current champion Chris Morgan and runner-up Gary Patterson will be absent from the season opener. Elliot Stafford will be out to start off where he finished last year, scoring back-to-back wins at Donington, but there are plenty of other potential winners including Pat Ford, Louise Inch, Bob Bennetts, Neil Slark & Peter Tervet, who returns from a season racing Alfas.
Joining the BRSCC fare, will be the opening rounds of the Castle Combe Racing Club’s Saloon, FF1600 and Sports & GT Championships.