Roger avoids crashes to lead the championship

PUBLISHED: 09:09 15 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:09 15 August 2014

Roger Orgee.

Roger Orgee.

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Langford racing driver Roger Orgee took the lead in the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship after the latest race.

THE Castle Combe summer race day dawned wet and soggy, a surprise after the hot races earlier in the summer.

Langford’s Roger Orgee was faced with the task of trying to get back into the lead of the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship without coming off the track in the tricky conditions.

At the start of qualifying, the rain had stopped but full wet tyres were needed to be competitive. However, it takes a couple of laps to bed the tyres in and as Roger came up to speed it started to rain again.

On the final lap of qualifying all sectors were purple, pole was in Roger’s grasp, when a slower car spun off in front of Roger, who had to virtually stop in avoidance, but still managed a third place.

The race promised fireworks, with three drivers within a point of each other. Eight cars out of 25 were dicing for the lead. On the second lap Roger was hit from behind and his suspension was put out of alignment, making the car tricky to handle.

Next time round, a safety car was scrambled as Freddie Hunt (son of world champion James) crashed.

On the restart, the leading car promptly spun off and the final laps were a blur, places changing all the time. As the last lap started, Roger was fourth and halfway round the final round another collision saw Roger to second and a five-point championship lead.

The championship now looks to be a two-way battle with two rounds to go. Next race is on August Bank Holiday Monday.

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