Race report Cadwell Park
All the team arrived during the evening of Thursday, the awnings were put up and the team made sure that all the kit was set up and the bikes were ready to go for the following morning.
Friday was test day and I knew I had to try push on, I needed to better my last years time and be competitive on the R6 to increase my chances of racing at the Isle of Man. After all ! This is the dream !!
The track was both wet and dry, I waited until a dry line had formed around the whole track, I asked riders that came back into the paddock what the circuit conditions was like, when the reports came back of a drying line especially round the top at the exit of Park Straight I started to get ready to see for myself what the track was like.
I went out for a session just before lunch time, there was no point going out in anything less than good conditions as I wasn’t fighting for a championship nor did I need the points at the end of the weekend. There was no point going out on the bike and risking a big crash as spares were at a premium and I didn’t want my team working all night to get me out for racing on Saturday morning.
I was ten minutes into a twenty minute session and confusingly no one had overtaken me, the second session was the same too, I felt really comfortable and happy with the two test sessions.
Qualifying on Saturday morning and I beat my personal lap time by over half a second, I had Wendy on pit lane giving me times on my new pit board which helped immensely, I finished the Q1 session on row 8, 22nd on the grid.
I felt good from the start, my pit board was showing that I was doing 1:44, I did think it was someone else’s lap time on my board at first, but the times were consistently 44’s. I had taken four seconds of my previous best time !
I finished with a final time of 1:44.206 finishing 22nd on the grid and 15th in class. My pace felt really comfortable and I knew I had this in me again.
I changed a couple of this on the bike to see if I could be more planted coming out of the corners, the adjustments didn’t work so went back to my race one settings, If you don’t try different things then you aren’t going to improve, lessons learnt and back to the drawing board, best time was a 1.48 and finished 25th.
Race 3 Sunday
It was wet ! Very Wet !!
This was the first time this year I had run in really wet conditions, I was a little unsure how the bike would handle but it felt good, I was pushing on and really trusted the grip coming from the tyres. I managed to finish P11 with a 1.55 lap time, 7th in class.
This was very similar to race three, I knew though I had to overtake more people to get myself in a better position and finish this year on a high and maybe even a podium?
I pushed hard and was battling with Dean Ratcliff who I served with in Afghanistan, I never thought I would be racing with him after all the years had past, we had a great race right up until I asked too much from the back tyre and it span round sliding me up the road and onto the grass at Park corner. I was ok and so was the bike but I was gutted I couldn’t hang on and finish that race.