Race report for Cadwell Park round 3 25th 26th and 27th of May
I turned up ready for the test day feeling disheartened after my performance at Snetterton, last year at Cadwell Park in the dry I managed a 1 minute 50.288 seconds on my race pace, my intention was to do a 1 minute 40 odd seconds, while getting a better feel over the mountain, in testing we changed a few settings and got a good feeling, I was doing a 1 minute 49 comfortably around the course and got both wheels airborne over the mountain (no photos which class as it never happened but was seen by a few people) so on test day I managed to complete my goals set for the weekend.
Race day was a wet qualifying session, I had to get my head back into my wet settings but did a terrible time, I was still getting a little faster and comfortable on the wet tyres, it was an appalling time of 2 minutes 11 seconds, which put my grid start near the back to start.
Race 1 was underway and I tried to go faster and improve on the wet settings, I finished the race 8th in class and managed a time of 1 minute 56.467 seconds, although it wasn’t great it was a really good confidence boost on my wet tyres.
Race 2 was dry, I aimed on improving my times, I was hoping to just get over the mountain and focus on the twisty turns in the Woodland section, I was consistently doing a high end 1 minute 40 second lap which finished the race 7th in class with a fastest lap time of 1 minute 47.981, I was feeling really good with that result.
Race 3 was another dry race, I elected to do what I did in race 2 and focus on getting faster in the twisty Woodland corners, I had a really good battle with Brad Davey, I wanted to just stick on his tail as I was going to use him to improve my lap time but spent half a race in front of him until I had a slip in a corner and eased off for a couple of corners, this allowed him to get past me and I couldn’t recover, I finished that race 6th in class with a lap time of 1 minute 46.033 seconds which was a great improvement to last year.
Race 4 was wet with a drying line but I know I can’t stay on the dry line as well as most so it was a mixed grid of dry and wet tyres, I was on wets so I knew I could get round the circuit, also I had more time getting my confidence up with the wets, I finished 4th in class with a lap time of 1 minute 53.884.
Overall I improved every time I went out, the track is the hardest circuit I go to for me and I’m really happy with the weekends results, I know I can get faster and I’m still taking chunks off my lap times from last year, I dropped 4.255 seconds off, so my confidence is still building.
I would love to thank everyone for the support I have had, from my family, friends and people in the paddock.
Thank you to all my sponsors who help me out, if it wasn’t for you I couldn’t keep living the dream.
BLESMA – The limbless association
Bridgewater and Taunton College
Dave Ogden from Phoenix Race Support
Ian Boldy Superbike Photography
Jono from Avid Motorcycles, who is my pit crew
Pure Riding Essentials
See you all at Mallory Park