Combe’s FF1600 leaders leave for 2018
WALTER HAYES TROPHY WINNER Michael Moyers has decided not to compete in the Castle Combe FF1600 Championship next season and is looking to compete in the British Racing and Sports Car Club Formula Ford 1600 National Championship instead.
Moyers has competed fulltime in the Castle Combe FF1600 contest for the past three seasons. But after failing to win the title, finishing second twice and third in 2017, the 32-year old has declared his intention to race at other venues across the UK.
“I don’t think there’s a more competitive series in the UK, the driving level is really high and it’s relatively affordable,” said Moyers of the national series, which has grown in popularity in recent seasons and will support the new TCR UK Championship next year.
“I’ve been looking at other things, and it’s about the enjoyment factor as well.
“I want to compete in something I have a realistic chance of winning.”
Moyers is one of several drivers who have flagged up issues with the operation of the Combe series. Drivers racing in the recent CCRC FF1600 Carnival at Castle Combe – which Moyers went on to win – got out of their cars on the grid in protest after a number of time penalties were issued for track limits infringements in an earlier race. At the time, club director Steve Weston said: “As a club we will have a debrief on this event and the season as a whole and then we can make a proper assessment and comment.”
Josh Fisher, who won the Wiltshire circuit’s FF1600 title this year, will also race away from Castle Combe in 2018. He will return to the BRSCC FF1600 Northern Championship, in which he last competed in 2015.
“He’s got enough [speed] to beat any of them [in the National championship],” said Wayne Poole, who runs Fisher.
“We tried the Triple Crown this year [National Championship races at Brands, Donington and Silverstone] but we were smashed off and we don’t want to get involved in that. We don’t want to go up against that kind of crowd.”
Roger Orgee, runner-up in the Combe Championship, will focus on the BRSCC National Championship next year, while still doing selected Combe meetings.
Moyers is targeting National Championship
Fisher (#81) is heading for Northern series and Moyers (#25) is also leaving local contest