Cadwell Park 26-27 July 03

 

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Cadwell Park 26 - 27 July 2003, Derby Phoenix

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Cadwell Park, 26/27th July 2003 – Time to Build the Trophy Cabinet

A cracking weekend with more silverware coming my way (although it's more wood and gold coloured than silver, but hey ho).

Looked like it was going to be a nightmare on Friday because as we drove to Cadwell, in the newly purchased Pikey Van, it was heaving it down with rain. However Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny and the track was soon drying out nicely.

First race was the Allcomers - a steady race for me to get used to the track (1min 45's - bit slow) but did see me perfect what was to become my trademark lightning start. I'd get away reasonably well, maybe getting boxed in a little, but once we hit the first corner most people braked and that was where I went up the inside of loads of them to get up nearish the front.

Struggled with the mountain section all race and went from 11th to 17th because of this (complete fear of lifting the front wheel or flipping the bugger). Still, qualified 3rd row for the B final.

1st steel frame race saw me 12th on the grid and 9th in the race - still struggling with the mountain (lost 3 places there). However, I was 2nd novice and more importantly beat the guy behind me in the championship.

The afternoon I got my head together for the Steel Frame final. A good start saw me in 10th and then I worked my way backwards to 12th, but more importantly I started to master the mountain (basically stand on the pegs and lean right over the front of the bike to keep the damn thing down. Nobody else quite did it like me but it worked, and a few people commented that I was taking the mountain well). Still more to come over the mountain - I can get the front and rear in the air, but not both at the same time. Anyway, also started suffering from ground clearance - I was grinding my rear brake lever on a few of the corners. However, that was cured by hanging off more, but got to work on that some more.

At the end of the race I crossed the line 12th (out of 33), 2nd novice and a trophy, so well pleased.

Sunday morning dawned cloudy with a little bit of rain in the air and the track was a little damp. First race was Saturday's B final, moved over to Sunday because there was a delay whilst they airlifted one bloke to hospital. We heard later that he'd bust a rib and punctured a lung so thankfully nothing too serious. Got a poor start but worked my way up to 11th I think, and saw my times get into the 1min 41's.

Next was the All Comers heats for Sunday's race. Got an OK start and was in about 13th, took a couple of places and then had an interesting moment. I was catching the bloke in front of me and as we entered Chris Curve (about 70'sh) I could see a gap to get through so dived up the inside. However, the move meant I had to change down a gear to keep the drive but as I did it I hit neutral - and lost all drive. Result was the bloke and I hit each other, full broadside (can still remember feeling his arm hit mine). Trouble is he was on the outside and so got shoved onto the grass whilst I got shoved back onto the track. Needless to say he fell off. With him out of the way I came in 10th but qualified for the back row of the A final !! Gulp, I was now playing with the big boys. Lap times had dropped to 1 min 40's/ 1 min 39's so starting to get there for my class of bike (the top 3 in the steel frames were doing 1 min 37's/38's.

Steel frame race I started 12th (2nd row) but got a poor start. Got my head together to get myself up to 8th which is where I finished. However, I was now grinding the gear lever away (must hang off more for all corners). At least both levers now match each other.

Didn't go out in the A final - no point as I wasn't going to win anything and it was a 12 lapper anyway. Plus I'd done 3 races already and I wanted to concentrate on my novice championship in the steelies (I was getting good points over my nearest rival and didn't want to ruin that).

Final race saw me 2nd row with a reasonable start but a great 1st corner that saw me 5th and right up with the leading bunch. That lasted for just under a lap when the bloke behind me did a suicide pass on me at the bottom of the mountain. I had to brake hard to stop hitting him, he got through and so did 2 others as I had bogged right down and lost all my drive. I then had a fantastic 3 lap battle with a bloke behind me - he'd come under me at one corner and I'd get him back a little later on. Was great, except on the last lap I was concentrating so much on trying to get this bloke back that I left the door wide open for the bloke following me and he nipped under me at Mansfield. Couldn't do anything about it as I'd run out of laps, but still crossed the line in 9th and 1st novice - my first proper trophy cup thing.

 

Race Report

Snetterton 12-14 August 05
Brands Hatch  16-17 05
Pembrey 24-26 June 05
Croix en Ternois 11-12 June 05
Brands 30 April & 1 May 05
Lydden Hill 2-3 April 05
Snetterton 12-13 March 05
Brands GP 29-30 June 04
Lydden 15-16 May 04
Cadwell Park 17-18 April 04
Croft 3 April 04
Brands Hatch 5,6,7 March 04
Snetterton 27,28 September 03
Mallory 7 September 03
Snetterton 30-31 August 03
Cadwell Park 9 August 30
Cadwell Park 26-27 July 03
Croix en Ternois 13-12 July 03
Mallory Park 6 July 03
Mallory Park 26 May 03
Brands Hatch 24-26 May 03
Snetterton 3,4,5 May 03
Lydden Hill 4,5,6 April 03
Snetterton 29 March 03
Croft 28-30 March 03
Snetterton 22 March 03
Brands Hatch 8-9 March 03

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