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Old 22 Jul 2003, 01:57 (Ref:667844)   #1
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Castle Combe - Aug 2nd

Does anyone know how the entries are looking for this meeting mixing the Combe championships with HSCC classes??

And have the Combe GTs managed to get a decent grid? Hopefully something over 15?

Any links to relevant sites would be appreciated.
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Old 22 Jul 2003, 13:16 (Ref:668286)   #2
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Classic Clubman's are there as an invited formula, (we normally race with BARC), we've got a grid of 28 at close which is pretty good. Don't know about the other HSCC stuff but Histerical FF always get good grids I think.
Aren't the local Combe formula's always mixed with something though ?, i.e they're always in the schedule of a Combe meeting whatever the event ?
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Old 22 Jul 2003, 22:09 (Ref:668847)   #3
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I'm sure that the FF1600 & saloons will be up around the 30 mark. Not sure about the GT's but the HSCC championships have looked pretty good from what I've seen this year.
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Old 24 Jul 2003, 10:06 (Ref:670128)   #4
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Finals arrived this morning, good grids for everyone, all around 25 cars plus, except the local GT's which only have 9 entries ?, always thought that was a well supported formula ???
Anyway looking forward to some good weather I hope.
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Old 24 Jul 2003, 11:06 (Ref:670155)   #5
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Lets hope for some late entries in the GT's then, plus good weather of course.
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Old 25 Jul 2003, 15:15 (Ref:671177)   #6
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If the Combe GTs do end up with only 9 cars on raceday wouldn't it be sensible for the BRSCC to run them at the end of the day?

Wouldn't this be more popular with drivers in other races and spectators who don't want to watch 9 GTs droning round the circuit.

Doesn't it beg the question - is it time for Castle Combe circuit and the BRSCC to put the GT championship out of its misery??

Thanks for the info Tony. Hope you have good day.

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Old 25 Jul 2003, 15:27 (Ref:671188)   #7
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- is it time for Castle Combe circuit and the BRSCC to put the GT championship out of its misery??
Well that's the tough decision that might have to be taken. Rule of thumb is if the average drops below 15 then it's costing money, all club formulae have been warned over the last couple of years. That's why organisations like 750 m/c have had to axe formulae such as S2000.
I'm not a follower of the series but was surprised at the numbers, used to be very popular. Maybe this is partly due to the lack of home constructors and designers these days ??
Even Bob Light (?) isn't entered.
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Old 31 Jul 2003, 19:57 (Ref:676611)   #8
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Bob Light has now 'retired'... and flogged the Stealth! GT's need a shake up.

Record grids for the Classic Clubmans I see.. Should be an excellent day!
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Old 1 Aug 2003, 11:02 (Ref:677035)   #9
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What site do you go on to view the entry lists?
It will be an excellent day at Combe, especially as this bloody rain is supposed to go away for quite a while.
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What site do you go on to view the entry lists?
Never found driver entry details on a website. Just get them from the finals when they are posted through.
If you were after specfic info give the office at Combe a call.
Unfortunately we've had to withdraw from this meeting.
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Old 2 Aug 2003, 22:49 (Ref:678181)   #11
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What a bloody fantastic day at Combe. Admittedly 8 of the 10 grids were choc a bloc full, with the Formula Fords, sorry, FF1600 if we are to be politically correct,boasting 35 runners in practice, but it just goes to show what can be achieved in what is basically a bottom of the rung club meeting. I heard a few newcomers to the circuit saying what a great day out they had. So, do we deduce from this that Combe is the best Club circuit in the UK or do we think that clubs like the HSCC who bring loads of entries with them, provide the entertainment.
I think it is a bit of both. You cannot be other than impressed with the laid back atmosphere at Combe but they certainly have their finger on the button in getting races run to a very strict schedule, whilst the organising club provided a fantastic mix of good, honest club racing. If every meeting across the calendar provided as much entertainment, we wouldnt be on here so much moaning about the lack of excitement/numbers of cars/ wish I had stayed at home syndrome as we have now.
Simple answers - Cut the number of Chamionships drastically, not just by a few but by a lot.
Give them more track time. Does not have to be a double header but time on track for those who are shelling out the spondulicks is probably a very important element. A longer qualifying seesion during the morning is probably not that hard to fit in. We have to remember that these guys/gals are paying a lot of money themselves to even present themselves on the grid for our entertainment.
Stop the number of conflicting race meetings on the same dates/areas that appeal to the the same set of spectators. The last weekend in June when there were meetings at 11! circuits across the UK is a prime example.

Dilute the sport into even more series/championships/one makes/"happy if we get 6 cars on the grid"/"there has been a lot of interest" and the whole thing is heading for trouble. Lets hope the Chamionship Panel get it right and only sanction right and proper series.

Focus Cup anybody ??
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Old 3 Aug 2003, 16:04 (Ref:678769)   #12
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I think you are spot on. Combe will always do it's best to run an efficient meeting. Circumstances will intervene occassionally but on the whole slick meetings are the norm. Add to this some excellently supported HSCC championships and you have an excellent days racing. It should be stressed that it doesn't happen by accident but is down to a lot of hard work behind the scenes. It also helps being a one club circuit. Consistency in the organising & support team makes a big difference. Personally one of the best races I thought was Race 10 Classic Sports Car with an excellent dice for 2nd between the MGB's,TVR and the Lotus.

Roll on 3 weeks time
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Old 3 Aug 2003, 22:41 (Ref:679035)   #13
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Where were you marshalling Dan?
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Old 4 Aug 2003, 11:04 (Ref:679439)   #14
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Excellent day, and it convinces me that this type of motor racing is the place to start.. Close stuff but entirely clean!

Sorry to miss you again Tony, hopefully your troubles aren't too serious.
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What do you look like? - I was shooting at Tower for several hours, off and on.
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