AND THE WIN­NERS ARE... ORGEE TAKES TI­TLE DE­SPITE MOYERS COMBE FI­NALE CLASH

CAS­TLE COMBE: CCRC BY LEE BON­HAM

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Roger Orgee was crowned the 2016 Cas­tle Comber For­mula Ford cham­pion af­ter tan­gling with ti­tle ri­val and team-mate Michael Moyers in the fi­nal race of the year.

A red flag was thrown early on for an in­ci­dent be­tween the re­tir­ing Pete Dic­cox and Richard May­all. Chaos en­sued as the race was re­sumed with­out a sec­ondary green-flag lap. Moyers led be­fore the stop­page but ran be­hind Orgee at the restart. Crit­i­cally, he ended up mak­ing con­tact with his ti­tle ri­val and was forced out of the race. Orgee was able to con­tinue but later pulled into the pits, hav­ing al­ready re­tained his ti­tle with Moyers out of the run­ning.

Af­ter a safety car pe­riod, Luke Cooper and Ben Nor­ton had a tremen­dous dice for the vic­tory. Cooper led the ini­tial run­ning be­fore be­ing passed by Nor­ton on the fifth lap. Cooper fought back to re­take the lead, but Nor­ton wasted no time in fir­ing back with a brave out-brak­ing ma­noeu­vre at Camp cor­ner. The two then lapped in tan­dem to the che­quered flag, the sea­son end­ing with vic­tory for

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Bren­dan Fitzger­ald led the Fi­esta ST grid away from pole, hav­ing qual­i­fied un­der the lap record, but was quickly dis­placed by ti­tle con­tenders Dave Maguire, Kevin Do­ran and Ulick Burke. Burke drove beau­ti­fully to oust Do­ran at the fi­nal cor­ner but could do noth­ing to reel in the im­pres­sive Maguire as the laps ran out. Sean Lil­lis charged back to fifth hav­ing be­ing bun­dled off on the open­ing lap and was pro­moted to fourth when Do­ran was ex­cluded for a tech­ni­cal in­fringe­ment.

In race two, Fitzger­ald hung on for the win, with Maguire sec­ond and Burke hang­ing onto third af­ter a great drive, de­spite plenty of phys­i­cal at­ten­tion from Maguire’s team-mate Hugh Gren­nan.

Mark O’donoghue won the open­ing Fi­esta Zetec race from pole, a lat­er­ace push from Mark John­ston not be­ing enough to chal­lenge. Andy Ka­vanagh was third from Colin Lewis, up from 10th on the grid with team-owner Sean Woods charg­ing to seventh from the back on his Fi­esta de­but af­ter a first cor­ner tan­gle. In race two, O’donoghue did the dou­ble with Ka­vanagh just hold­ing off Woods for sec­ond af­ter a race-long bat­tle. John­ston had chal­lenged the leader ini­tially but fell back with gear se­lec­tion is­sues, re­cov­er­ing to fourth at the flag.

James Hol­man took the open­ing Ir­ish Leg­ends race, eas­ing away from se­ries leader Paul O’brien in the clos­ing stages to keep his ti­tle chal­lenge alive. Fiat Punto grad­u­ate Ian Con­roy com­pleted the podium. In race two, O’brien grabbed the lead, while Hol­man charged through to sec­ond with Niki Mered­ith for com­pany. On the fi­nal tour, hav­ing chased O’brien down and set a new lap record in the process, Hol­man chal­lenged for the lead and the duo crossed the line as one with O’brien just nip­ping by for the win. Mered­ith was third with Jonny Tay­lor fourth.

In the third race, O’brien charged up from mid-grid to snatch the lead from Mered­ith while Hol­man was caught in traf­fic. Hol­man even­tu­ally moved up to sec­ond but was un­able to catch O’brien, who clinched both the win and the ti­tle.

Timmy Dug­gan was first over the line in the open­ing Fu­ture Clas­sics race, his ex-works SEAT the class of the field but, along with a few oth­ers, re­ceived a time penalty for break­ing the bar­rier time. That handed the win to the Toy­ota Cel­ica driver Rob­bie Parks from Ken Byrne and Adrian Dunne’s Citroen Saxo. At­ten­tion was on the giant-killing Fiat Uno of David Ham­mond though, as he charged through to an even­tual fourth from 15th on the grid.

In the sec­ond race, Dug­gan grabbed the lead from Dunne early on be­fore a Safety Car in­ter­ven­tion. When the pack went rac­ing once again, Dunne piled on the pres­sure with the duo be­ing joined by Ken Byrne’s Cel­ica. To­wards the end, Ham­mond’s Uno caught the lead bat­tle, but hav­ing just eclipsed the bar­rier time, earned him­self a time penalty. At the flag, it was Dug­gan for both the win and the cov­eted Bir­rane Cup, with Dunne along­side and Ken Byrne in third.

1 Dave Maguire; 2 Ulick Burke +2.108s; 3 Bren­dan Fitzger­ald; 4 Sean Lil­lis; 5 Hugh Gren­nan; 6 John Den­ning. Fastest lap Gra­ham Mcdon­nell 1m06.611s (62.13mph). Pole Fitzger­ald. Starters 18.

1 Fitzger­ald; 2 Maguire +0.291s; 3 Burke; 4 Gren­nan; 5 Den­ning; 6 Lil­lis. FL Maguire 1m06.749s (62.00mph). P Gren­nan. S 18.

1 Mark O’donoghue; 2 Mark John­ston +4.605s; 3 Andy Ka­vanagh; 4 Colin Lewis; 5 Keith Camp­bell; 6 Stephen Martin. FL O’donoghue 1m11.732s (57.69mph). P O’donoghue. S 14.

1 O’donoghue; 2 Ka­vanagh +4.089s; 3 Sean Woods; 4 John­ston; 5 Ea­monn Ya­mamoto; 6 Lewis. FL O’donoghue 1m11.983s (57.49mph). P O’donoghue. S 13. (65.28mph). P Niki Mered­ith. S 9.

1 O’brien; 2 Hol­man +0.073s; 3 Mered­ith; 4 Tay­lor; 5 Con­roy; 6 Humphries. FL Hol­man 1m03.118s (65.57mph). P Humphries. S 9.

1 O’brien; 2 Hol­man +0.941s; 3 Con­roy; 4 Mered­ith; 5 Ivor Green­wood; 6 Tay­lor. FL Hol­man 1m03.308s (65.37mph). P Green­wood. S 10.

1 Rob­bie Parkes (Toy­ota Cel­ica); 2 Ken Byrne (Toy­ota Cel­ica) +1.475s; 3 Adrian Dunne (Citroen Saxo); 4 David Ham­mond (Fiat Uno); 5 Gilbert Clancy (Mit­subishi FTO); 6 Ai­dan Byrne (Vaux­hall Chevette). FL Ger Byrne (BMW 323) 1m08.563s (60.36mph). P Tommy Byrne (Fiat Punto). S 19.

10th and put in a sparkling stint, surg­ing up the or­der to se­cure out­right vic­tory from Lit­tler.

The in­au­gu­ral race for the newly cre­ated Pro­to­type Cup made for a promis­ing de­but, with seven of the evoca­tive five-litre, 420hp Ligier JS P3 chas­sis on show as a pre­lude to a full cham­pi­onship in 2017. The pair­ing of Nigel Moore and Phil Han­son proved to have the edge, tak­ing the first vic­tory com­fort­ably clear of the car of near­est ri­vals Bradley Smith and Chris­tian Eng­land. Rapid North­ern Ir­ish racer Wayne Boyd threat­ened to close on the lead­ers late on, but it was too late. With more or­ders re­port­edly on the books, the se­ries looks set to flour­ish in 2017. “They’re fan­tas­tic – so much power,” Smith en­thused.

There was an eye-catch­ing start to the trio of Rad­i­cal Chal­lenge races, when an in­spired Brian Caud­well launched his SR3 from fifth on the grid to the lead in the open­ing cor­ners. De­spite his progress be­ing stymied by an early safety car pe­riod, Cauld­well held on to win ahead of clos­est ri­vals John Macleod and Jack Lang. In a dra­matic twist, the lat­ter pair col­lided in the clos­ing stages but re­cov­ered to com­plete the podium places.

Bradley Smith stole the lime­light in race two, con­vert­ing pole to a lead that sec­ond-placed Lang couldn’t bridge. Hav­ing fin­ished third and sec­ond re­spec­tively in the open­ing races, Lang com­pleted his podium col­lec­tion by nar­rowly beat­ing cham­pion elect Burgess to win the fi­nale.

Ash­ley Dib­den set the pace in the pair of races for the com­bined Mono­posto races for F3, 2000 and Clas­sic classes. He swept past pole­sit­ter Tony Bishop at the start of race one and quickly es­tab­lished a de­ci­sive gap. Bishop pushed hard to close in the sec­ond half of the race, but lost cru­cial ground at the Bomb­hole en­sur­ing Dib­den top spot. Dib­den re­peated the feat in race two to com­plete the dou­ble. Be­hind him Ben Cater edged out­rival Tony Bishop to take the F3 class ti­tle.

Ir­ish­man Paul Dagg made an in­stant im­pres­sion on his de­but in the F3 Cup Cham­pi­onship, tak­ing vic­to­ries in the first two races and get­ting the bet­ter of ti­tle pro­tag­o­nists Ge­orge Line and Shane Kelly. But he couldn’t make it a hat-trick in the fi­nale, drop­ping to third on the open­ing lap and fall­ing out of con­tention thanks to a late punc­ture. In­stead it was Rob­bie Watts who proved dom­i­nant to take a well-con­trolled vic­tory in race three. The big win­ner though was Line who edged out Kelly to take the ti­tle. De­spite only grab­bing one win all year, an ec­static Line was re­warded for his con­sis­tency.

The Rad­i­cal SR1 Cham­pi­onship threat­ened to go down to the wire with three races and a hat­ful of points still avail­able. The men most likely to clinch it were Oliver Barker, James Tay­lor and Kye Wheat­ley, but with the points stacked in favour of Tay­lor. So it proved as, although Barker took a trio of wins over the meet­ing it wasn’t enough to deny Tay­lor the over­all ti­tle.

Richard Git­tings guided his Jedi Mk6 to dou­ble vic­tory in the races for Mono and Moto ma­chines, ex­tend­ing his record of con­sis­tent fin­ish­ing. In the open­ing race he pulled clear early on, even­tu­ally tak­ing the flag well clear of clos­est ri­val Richard Moor­croft.

He won again in race two, with a lights-to-flag vic­tory. A hard chas­ing Ja­son Timms of­fered a threat but had to set­tle for sec­ond over­all.

1 Jor­dan Witt (Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal); 2 Gareth Down­ing (Lo­tus Evora GTE) +1m13.265s; 3 Tom Webb (BMW M3 E46 GTR); 4 Jonathan Evans (Porsche 997 GT3 Cup); 5 Nigel Hud­son (Audi R8 GT3); 6 Pe­ter Lit­tler (As­ton Martin GT3). Class win­ners Webb; Bon­amy Grimes (Fer­rari 458 GTC); James Birch (Porsche Cay­man GT4). Fastest lap Witt 1m49.444s (97.65mph). Pole Grimes. Starters 26.

1 Witt; 2 Grimes +14.111s; 3 Hud­son; 4 Lit­tler; 5 Webb; 6 Tom Hi­b­bert (Ginetta G55). CW Grimes; Webb; Hi­b­bert. FL Witt 1m48.932s (98.11mph). P Witt. S 26.

1 Grimes/ Johnny Mowlem; 2 Lit­tler +13.953s; 3 Down­ing; 4 Scott Thomas/ Matt Bell (Mclaren 650S Sprint); 5 Neil Hug­gins (Lamborghini Galardo Su­per Tro­feo LP570-4); 6 Witt. CW Lit­tler; Hi­b­bert; An­drew Baker (Porsche 997 GT3 Cup). FL Witt 1m51.272s (96.05mph). P Witt. S 24.

1 Nigel Moore/ Phil Han­son; 2 Bradley Smith/ Chris­tian Eng­land +22.293s; 3 Jay Palmer/ Wayne Boyd; 4 Jac­ques Duyver/ Char­lie Hollings; 5 Pa­trick Byrne/ Guy Cosmo; 6 Mike New­bould/thomas Ran­dle. FL Boyd 1m43.887s (102.88mph). P Moore. S 7.

1 Lang; 2 Burgess +0.439s; 3 Manch­ester; 4 Macleod; 5 Evgeny Klyucharev/ Smith; 6 Brian Mur­phy. CW Klyucharev/ Smith; Chit­ten­den. FL Smith 1m50.660s (96.58mph). P Klyucharev/ Smith. S 21.

1 Dib­den; 2 Hod­gen +1.959s; 3 Cater; 4 Gil­lett; 5 Bishop; 6 Hay­den Ed­monds (For­mula Re­nault). CW Ot­way; Mca­teer. FL Bishop 1m49.913s (97.24mph). P Bishop. S 21.

1 Paul Dagg (Dal­lara F311 Mercedes HWA); 2 Ge­orge Line (Dal­lara F308 Honda NBE) +0.893s; 3 James Hef­fer­nan (Dal­lara F308 Mercedes HWA); 4 Stu­art Wilt­shire (Dal­lara F308 Mercedes HWA); 5 Daryl Jones (Dal­lara F308 VW Speiss); 6 Shane Kelly (Dal­lara 308 Honda NBE). FL Dagg 1m45.545s (101.26mph). P Dagg. S 12.

1 Dagg; 2 Rob­bie Watts (Dal­lara VW Speiss) +8.152s; 3 Line; 4 Hef­fer­nan; 5 Jones; 6 Ja­copo Se­bas­tiani (Dal­lara F311 VW Speiss). FL Jones 1m43.929s (102.84mph). P Watts 1m43.246s (103.52mph). S 12.

1 Watts; 2 Line +3.085s; 3 Jones; 4 Se­bas­tiani; 5 Kelly; 6 Hef­fer­nan. FL Bishop 1m44.045s (102.72mph). P Dagg. S 12.

1 Oliver Barker; 2 James Tay­lor +23.279s; 3 Richard Bax­ter; 4 Andy Chit­ten­den; 5 Jack Baber; 6 Spencer Bourne. FL Barker 1m59.474s (89.45mph). P Barker. S 12.

1 Barker; 2 Tay­lor +23.246s; 3 Kye Wheat­ley; 4 Rob El­lice; 5 Bax­ter; 6 Chit­ten­den. FL Barker 1m58.487s (90.20mph). P Barker. S 11.

1 Barker; 2 Tay­lor +14.497s; 3 Bax­ter; 4 Chit­ten­den; 5 Bourne; 6 Wheat­ley. FL Barker 1m57.938s (90.62mph). P Barker. S 11.

Orgee leads Moyers on way to cham­pi­onship win

Fitzger­ald won Fi­esta race two

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