Colburn Stars in Sunday's Opener

Members Meeting | Press Article 17/04/24

James Colburn claimed honours in an incident-filled Weslake Cup which kicked off Sunday’s on-track action. Teenage sensation Richard Woolmer, who starred in yesterday’s wet qualifying aboard his Sebring Sprite, was slow off the line, James Colburn blasting into the lead from the outside of the front row in his Lenham Sprite GT as the flag descended. They proceeded to streak into the distance, swapping the lead repeatedly only for a safety car period to bunch up the field and obliterate their advantage. The race was restarted shortly before half-distance, only for Woolmer and James Dean in Stephen Skipworth’s Ecosse Sprite to connect almost immediately. Both cars were eliminated on the spot, fortunately without injury to either driver.

The race was red-flagged, but Colburn was never headed once racing resumed although battles raged down the order right until the end.

“That was a great scrap with Richard,” the winner said later. “It certainly woke me up on a Sunday morning. It’s such a pleasure to be here and what a great race. It was fantastic.”

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