Roger triumphs at dramatic Castle Combe race
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Langford’s Roger Orgee started the defence of his Formula Ford title with victory at Castle Combe.
Following a successful test prior to the cancelled Easter meeting at Castle Combe, Langford’s Roger Orgee was looking forward to defending his Formula Ford title.
After a promising start to the test preceding the race, the car’s handling went from bad to worse, nothing the team did to try and improve the car worked until a broken chassis was discovered.
A quick visit to the nearby Cooper Swift factory repaired the car, leaving precious little track time to set up the car once more.
Race day dawned wet and cold, totally different to the test day, but within three laps Roger and his team-mate Michael Moyers were running well clear of the rest of the field, ending up one tenth of a second apart and locking out the front row.
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As the race time approached, the sun shone and the circuit dried out, leaving Roger’s team with another calculated guess on the set up. As the flag dropped Roger and Michael flew off the line and proceeded to pull away from the pack, taking turns in setting fastest laps.
As the race progressed, the two were tied together and Roger was pushing hard for the lead, as they started to lap the back markers they came up behind a slower competitor who was driving around Camp Corner, the fastest on the circuit.
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Roger went for the inside line to pass, but Michael decided to go around the outside, this move wasn’t possible and the cars touched, sending both skywards, while Roger sailed past on the inside to take the win.
The next round is on May 2 and is to be televised.