Combe’s FF1600 lead­ers leave for 2018

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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

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