Rain brings drama at Castle Coombe

June 22 2017

Wet weather provided a dramatic day of racing at Castle Combe as competitors struggled to master the changing conditions.

Wet weather provided a dramatic day of racing at Castle Combe as competitors struggled to master the changing conditions.

Local racing driver Chris Hignell had an eventful day when he competed in the saloon car championship as well as the circuit’s new Hot Hatch challenge. 

In largely dry conditions Hignell qualified for the saloon race in 31st overall and ahead of some of his class rivals. The Hot Hatch qualifying race was also completed in the dry, and a best ever time of 1m23.9 saw him start from 27th on the grid overall. 

The race was very much a family affair with Hignell’s son-in-law Dan Burt competing in Chris’s old Fiat Punto and nephew Josh Hignell debuting in his fathers Citroen Saxo. 

An Electrical issue with Hignell’s Peugeot as he was waiting to go out in the saloon race proved too difficult to repair in time to make the start. Despite the pouring rain the car was ready for its second outing.

The weather continued to pose problems for Hignell when his car overheated in the assembly area prior to the Hot Hatch race. The delays worked in his favour however giving his team and friends time to put radiator weld fluid and water back into the system.  In the nick of time he started the race from the pit lane. 

The conditions had an effect on most of the competitors and many suffered from fogged up windscreens but despite this Hignell brought the car home in 25th place (of 31 starters) and 3rd in class. 

Chris Hignell said; ‘It was a testing day but one that  proved the value of teamwork and perseverance in these very competitive race series.’ 

The next round is on July 15th.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Gendall Photography