BRENDAN Mallinder and Mark Bridger scooped the Reactive Parts MRO Powerbike spoils this weekend as the championship lead changed hands at Cadwell.
With Brands Hatch winner Bob Collins not racing the Lincolnshire round, the joint points lead was broken as Bridger edged ahead in the title chase.
In Saturday morning’s qualifying it was Yamaha man Bridger on top of proceedings as he scorched to pole with a 1’32.763, two tenths clear of Team 71’s Ritchie Thornton with Glenn Walsh rounding out the front row.
As the lights went out for race one later that afternoon, Bridger immediately set about a strong pace and already had a second in hand with just a lap in the bag, with Thornton looking to narrow the gap.
But Thornton’s race came to an abrupt end on lap two after a coming-together with another rider left him with a snapped brake lever, allowing Walsh to slot into second with Mallinder just behind after a swift charge up from eighth on the grid.
After slipping by Walsh and with almost two seconds to make up, Mallinder set about chasing Bridger and within just three laps, he had the deficit down to less than a quarter of a second. But he couldn’t quite find a way through on Bridger and the pole-man snatched victory at the flag by just 0.067sec.
In the Clubman 1000 ranks, Ryan Warrington powered ahead of the pack to take a comfortable win in 10th overall with Rob Cresswell and Luke Dixon second and third some 16sec adrift.
While Mallinder started on pole for Sunday’s opener, it was once again Bridger who made the best start and grabbed the lead over Mallinder, Walsh and Max Morgan. By lap five, however, Mallinder stuck a pass on the race one winner and quickly stretched a lead to come home with victory some 2.6sec ahead, with Peter Baker rounding out the rostrum.
It was once again Warrington on top of the Clubman pack in 11th overall as he beat Scott Halliday and roads man Julian Trummer despite a 10sec jump start penalty.
With the fastest lap from race two after a run through the pack from 34th on the grid to sixth, Thornton bagged pole for race three and made a strong start to lead the opening lap. But he came under fire on lap two and Mallinder slipped ahead before Bridger followed him through on Thornton to take over second place.
By then, there was nothing Bridger could do and Mallinder powered to a 3.787sec lead to do the double as Bridger had to settle for 20 points as he assumed the championship lead.
Three seconds further back, Thornton bagged bronze ahead of a three-way fight for fourth as Kevin Silvain got the better of Baker and Morgan, while the Clubman spoils went to Jason Siggs after Warrington hit the deck on the warm-up lap and snapped his collarbone.