Three Winners and a New Lap Record as F1000 returns to Castle Combe

Castle Combe podium

After a twelve year gap the BRSCC F1000 Championship returned to Castle Combe, where three incredibly close races produced three different winners and a new lap record.

Paul Butcher was the first of the winners, beating pole sitter Lee Morgan to the first corner and taking home a ‘lights to flag’ victory in race 1. However Butcher’s race wasn’t as easy as it sounds as he was heading a four car battle including Michael Watton, Dan Clowes and Rob Sayell. Morgan was an early retiree as engine woes forced him out. As the race progressed the leading quartet were only separated when there was slight contact between Clowes and Sayell, resulting in the latter spinning off but still being able to re join the race again. This still left Butcher at the front but with huge pressure coming from Watton, who was doing everything he could to try and get past the leader. Butcher though seemed to have the race under control and finished just ahead of Watton to take the win by just under three tenths of a second. Clowes took third ahead of Stu Abbott, who was promoted to fourth after Sayell’s ‘off’ which dropped him down the order, although he managed to recover to fifth. Elliot Mitchell had a decent race to finish in sixth place, a personal best.

Clowes put in a great drive to take the win in race 2, after both Alok Iyengar and Abbott initially led: Iyengar throwing away his lead by spinning on the second lap, and Abbott being caught and passed by Clowes on lap five. Watton got within striking distance of the race winner towards the closing laps to finish second on the road, but after suffering a penalty for a track limits infringement, was dropped to fourth. Benefitting from Watton’s penalty, Butcher and Abbott took second and third with Sayell finishing in fifth.

Watton secured the win he had been looking for all weekend during the final race. Although trailing Butcher over the opening laps, Watton got to the front on lap five and began to build a commanding lead which would end up being just over six seconds by the time he took the chequered flag. Butcher remained in second as Clowes finished in third, both drivers having been on the podium in all three races, a great achievement. Abbott put another strong drive in to take fourth spot with Sayell taking his third fifth place of the weekend.

Although having had a frustrating weekend Morgan did manage to come away with a new F1000 Castle Combe lap record, breaking the previous twelve year old mark and setting a time of 1:04.040 (103.99mph)

For scoring the most points over the three races Paul Butcher received the Champion of Castle Combe award, whilst Stu Abbott was named Sonic Tools’ Driver of the Meeting. The Sonic Tools’ Technician of the meeting went to Zak Hobbs, who helps run Andrew Wheals.

Additional information