Great day at Castle Combe

Published on: 01 Oct 2014

Phil Oliver from Downend continued his preparations for his first ever sprint by taking to the track at Castle Combe Circuit with fellow Downend resident, James Hurford, in their Mazda MX5s. 

Both drivers had a brilliant day in the sunshine learning the Wiltshire race track.  They were supported by Phil’s dad, Bill, who was a racing driver in the 1970s.  He provided knowledge, instruction and, as James described it, an “awesome full English breakfast” from his camper van!

James said it was an “awesome day for beginners as they cone out the circuit to help learn the racing line and mark the brake, apex and exit points of the corners.  Plus, with it being sessions and limited numbers, you are mostly on your own so no worries about holding up quick people.”  For Phil, the day will prove very useful when he competes at Castle Combe on October 18 alongside Andy Laurence, also from Downend, who has managed to secure a drive in a Radical SR8 and will be gunning for outright victory.  Both would appreciate some local support and entry is free to spectators.

James was on hand with Sandy Smith from Mangotsfield to provide instruction and demo rides at The Emergency Services Show at Hullavington Airfield, where the MSA’s Go Motorsport initiative was running an AutoSolo.  This involved a large area of tarmac with a number of cones marking out a course to be completed in the lowest time possible.  James spent much of the day going as fast and as sideways as possible in an effort to entertain his passengers.  Judging by the smiles as they exited the car, he did a better job than the police cars at the other end of the runway.

If motorsport sounds like your bag, then Bristol Motor Club is running a taster AutoSolo event at Supercar Saturday on October 25 at Castle Combe Circuit.  Drivers will be on hand to provide passenger rides and instruction in exchange for a donation to the Stroke Association.  

Find out more by following @BristolMC on Twitter or searching for Bristol Motor Club on Facebook or your favourite search engine. 

The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month at Colston’s School in Stapleton; members and non-members are equally welcome and there’s no charge.

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