CAS­TLE COMBE SO­LAR FARM WON’T CAUSE EX­TRA FLOODS

Lost Wilt­shire meet­ing resched­uled for this week­end af­ter track in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Photos: Steve Jones, Jakob Ebrey, kart­pix.net By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

Cas­tle Combe man­age­ment is confident that a new so­lar farm built near the cir­cuit did not con­trib­ute to the can­cel­la­tion of the Howard’s Day meet­ing at the venue ear­lier this year af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Ex­cep­tional rain­fall from Storm Katie led to the March 28 event be­ing aban­doned with the track water­logged, but it is thought the so­lar farm did not af­fect drainage from the cir­cuit.

“As far as we are con­cerned Howard’s Day was can­celled due to the ex­treme amount of rain that we suf­fered as a re­sult of the pass­ing storm,” said cir­cuit man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Gra­ham Mar­shall­say. “Hav­ing in­ves­ti­gated the pos­si­bil­ity that the so­lar farm may have contributed in some way we con­clude that it is very un­likely.”

To re­place the can­celled meet­ing, an ex­tra day has been added to the Cas­tle Combe Rac­ing Club’s Bank Hol­i­day meet­ing this week­end, with rac­ing now on Sun­day as well as Mon­day.

The can­celled meet­ing was set to fea­ture rounds of the MG Car Club’s Thor­ough­bred Sportscar and BCV8 cham­pi­onships but these won’t fea­ture on the new pro­gramme.

“It’s not ex­actly the same races [as the can­celled meet­ing] but the Mini Se7ens and Miglias will be with us again and there will be a For­mula Ford dou­ble header,” said the CCRC’S Jo Lewkow­icz.

“There will be a cou­ple of Tro­phy races which are look­ing pop­u­lar, and the Dave Al­lan Tro­phy race has at­tracted some new guys to the grid, so that’s good for us.”

Mean­while, Gary Preb­ble (SEAT Leon Turbo) and Charles Hyde-an­drews-bird (Re­nault Me­gane) will re­turn to the Sa­loons grid this week­end.

Both were in­volved in a start­line shunt in the open­ing round in April and missed the races ear­lier this month, but their cars have been re­paired and are now ready to re­turn.

The meet­ing will also fea­ture a rare track demon­stra­tion of the ‘Holy Trin­ity’ of sportscars: the Fer­rari Lafer­rari, Mclaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spy­der. Any­one who or­ders an ad­vanced ticket for the Sun­day will be en­tered into a prize draw to win a pas­sen­ger ride in one of the cars.

So­lar farm (be­hind) did not aid flood­ing

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