BRATTON’S Ben Norton believes his only chance of winning this year’s Castle Combe Formula Ford 1600 is to start winning races after missing out on the top step of the podium again.

Michael Moyers took his third win of the season in a lights to flag victory at today’s BRSCC meeting, as the first four drivers crossed the finish line less than a second apart.

At the start it was Moyers from pole who led from Nathan Ward, Chippenham’s Luke Cooper and Norton, followed by Bradford on Avon’s David Vivian in his Class B Swift SC92.

As the front duo began to pull away, reigning FF1600 champion Roger Orgee – who’d started sixth – and Norton began to make their way through the field and were third and fourth respectively when the safety car came out following a crash for Jack Clayton on lap 4.

At the restart it was Moyers, followed by Orgee after passing Ward and Norton who began to pull away from the chasing pack.

With three laps to go Norton had made his way up to third at the expense of Ward as the leading quartet were never more than inches apart as they crossed the finish line covered by 0.738.

Cooper finished fifth followed by Felix Fisher and Edward Moore with Vivian claiming Class B honours after finishing ninth.

Norton sits third in the standings on 83 points, four points behind Moyers in second and 19 points behind championship leader Orgee with three rounds remaining.

“Third place was good but it would have been nice to get a win today,” said Bratton, who drives for Wiltshire College.

“It was a good four-way battle and there was nothing between the gearboxes and it was very close racing; hard but fair.

“The pace is there and it would have been nice to have a few more laps.

“The only thing we can do is win races but we need to take one race a time.”

Also taking place at the Castle Combe Circuit this weekend are a host of saloon car races, with British Touring Car driver Andrew Jordan finishing second alongside his dad, Mike, in the HRDC Touring Greats race.