Michael O’Brien extended his advantage in the MRO Powerbikes class, but Aiden Patmore proved he was one to watch as he chalked up his maiden win at Cadwell Park.
The two shared wins at Bemsee’s third round late last month as the fight for big bike honours heated up in the midst of Storm Hannah.
Rain had hit much of the UK but Patmore wasn’t fazed and just as had done 12 months ago in similar wet conditions, he stuck his TBR Performance ZX10R on pole for the first race ahead of Robert Cresswell and Max Morgan.
But club veteran and multi-time former champ Peter Baker hit the front when the lights went out for race one as Patmore and Glenn Walsh tucked in behind.
The two leaders soon dropped Walsh, however, and were off to the races as Patmore found a way through on Baker to lead just after the half way point.
And despite Baker’s attempts to hang on, he couldn’t get back past and eventually had to settle for the runner-up spot as Patmore scored his maiden Powerbikes victory with over four seconds to spare.
Lining up on pole again for Sunday’s first race, in which the Cadwell Tarmac was finally beginning to dry out, it was a repeat of race one as Patmore again had to tuck into second as Baker grabbed the holeshot, but right behind them both was an approaching O’Brien.
And just after Patmore hit the front on lap four, O’Brien charged through and took off, stretching a 13sec lead at the chequered flag while Patmore and Dan Johnson completed the podium.
In a shortened final race, O’Brien completed his double with a lights-to-flag five lap dash in a repeat podium of race two.
While Patmore may not have been able to claim more than one win, he was delighted to bag a first as he moved to second in the points standings, just 43 shy of leader O’Brien.
“I really had to work for that win, it wasn’t easy,” revealed Patmore. “I couldn’t be more happy in those conditions the conditions – I think I spent more time out of the seat than in it.
“We took a second off our time and dropped into the 1:32s, I’m well happy with that. I just need to find that extra bit, but it’ll come. We’ll make sure of it.”
Clubman championship leader Daniel Johnson took two wins to the one of Moremoto’s Mark Bridger as they both bagged spots on the overall Powerbikes podium.
*Image: Mitch Ducran