Drivers head to Castle Combe for championships

Published on: 05 May 2015

Sandy Smith negotiates the Bobbies chicane at Castle Coombe. Photo by Scott Boulton of Jack Flash Photography

At the end of March, four drivers from Downend and Mangotsfield headed to Castle Combe Circuit for the first round of the British Sprint Championship.  Three drivers - Sandy Smith, Phil Oliver and James Hurford - were competing in the second round of the Vincenzo & Son Bristol MX5 Challenge, whilst Andy Laurence was entered into the Sports Libre category in his ADR Sports Racer.
After practice, Phil Oliver found himself in third place, closely followed by Sandy Smith in fourth.  James Hurford was struggling to find his Chepstow form down in 9th place!  Andy Laurence was also off the pace in third place, thanks to a spin at The Esses.  The track had been resurfaced over the winter and it was very greasy in the cool spring morning.
In the afternoon, the timed runs were the deciders for championship points and Sandy Smith improved massively to jump Phil Oliver into third place.  James Hurford improved, but not as much as the rest of the field, slipping into 10th place.  Andy Laurence made a better run, placing himself in a comfortable 2nd place.
There was no change in positions for the second run, although times improved across the scoreboard.  Phil now lies third in the championship with Sandy in 5th place.  James is still in contention in 7th place.  All three drivers will be gunning for a win at Llandow on 9th May after a successful test day over the Easter break.  Andy Laurence will join them in a new unlimited class racing car.
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