RECORDS flew during last weekend’s NG Road Racing round at Cadwell Park despite rain and red flags playing havoc with proceedings.
A new name to the NG F125 grid, Mason Johnson took his Event Manufacturing Aprilia to three stunning wins, each time over Sean Able. But Able left the circuit happy with three podiums and a bigger championship lead over the absent James Chapman.
Formula 400 front-runner Tim Bradley was in dominant form on Saturday in the dry conditions on his A and Z Taylor FZR Yamaha as the reigning multiple champ had a clear win over Dan Hanby and Steve Richards. It was a slightly closer affair on Sunday morning, but Bradley still looked in control, this time with Richards doing the chasing.
However in the wet afternoon race, despite Bradley gapping the field in the early laps, Able on his R3 Phoenix Yamaha looked to have totally mastered the conditions and picked off rival after rival until only Bradley headed him. With two laps to go the youngster swept past championship leader Bradley to take a stunning maiden win in the F400 class.
BSB Motostar runners dotted the 500 Open ranks as Asher Durham on his Microlise/Cresswell Mahindra and Joshua Whatley with the SRS Rail KTM Moto 3 traded records lap after lap as Nigel Palmer and Paul McCullaugh came up best of the regulars. But tyre gambles and an incident-packed red-flagged race three gave Phil Harvey the win on his RS125.
Open class podium man Charlie Nesbitt stormed to two wins on his Rapid Fulfillment R6 in the 600 Open ranks in his first visit to Cadwell as he stormed to a new NG lap record while roads ace Joey Thompson, Liam Delves, Max Symonds and Jordan Greenshields and Aaron Silvester did the chasing. But with rain in the final outing and a depleted grid, former two-time NG 600 champ Symonds left everyone in his wake to take a 15sec victory over Owen Hunt and grab the series lead for 2019.
Dan Harris took all three Mini Twins wins on his HP Racing SV 650 with two over championship rival Olii Warren and one over Hayden Rushton. Warren hampered his challenge by tipping off at Hall bends in the early stages of timed qualifying, forcing himself to start from the back of the grid. Warren slice through to second but by then championship leader Harris had already built up a commanding lead.
The opening Super Twins spoils went to Edward Giles with two wins and a second on his Giles Motors ER650 Kawasaki as he got the better of regular front runner and two time twins champion Paul Wardell. While Wardell continues to recover from a broken arm at Donington, a new class winner emerged in Welshman Gareth Arnold, who will now look to continue momentum at Pembrey on home soild.
South African Phil Atkinson took the first two outings in the Sound of Thunder on his Woodford Halse 959 Panigale over the chasing True Heroes runners of Dave Sellars and Dave Mackay. But a slippery track for the final race caused many to pull out, leaving reining champ Mackay to beat Ben Broadway to the victory.
A visit from the Lansdowne Classic Series gave Peter Bardell and the Ripley Land G50 Matchless all three wins ahead of Sam Clews, who was constantly within sniffing distance on his 500 Manx. The pair also had the closes finish of the weekend with just 0.028sec separating them at the flag, but Clews was later slapped with a jump-start penalty.
Jon Wright took the first two outings for the 1300 Streetstock in style on his Controls and Safety R1 with lights to flag wins despite pressure from eventual runner up Jason Hill and third placed Daniel Boucher. The third race went to Boucher after Wright failed to finish and Jason Hill suffered a high-side, causing a red flag at the Hairpin – but Hill emerged from the medical centre walking wounded with damaged ribs.
The 700 Streetstocks was a battle between Simon Bastable, who took two on the WSC Performance/Wincanton Motorsport machine, and David Irons, who bagged on on the Tom Warner Racing R6 as Bastable extended his series lead.
Wright and Boucher are making the 1300 Pre Injections a head-to-head and with just two points between them as they went into the weekend it was vital to keep the pressure on. Wright drew first blood with Boucher in second but on Sunday, Boucher was in no mood to give any more points away to the double champ as he set a new class lap record to take the win.
The 700cc Pre Injection class was all about Aaron Staniforth as the Cadwell regular demolished the opposition with three wins on his Paxford Garage CBR600, two over current series leader Daniel Nelmes and one over Dean Ratcliff. Daniel Jones had another troubled weekend off the podium, but will be hoping for a change of luck as he heads home to Wales at Pembrey next round.
Duncan Baillie on the Notohashi/Jim Rodger bike, Dan James on the Saddletramps machine and Scott Wilson on his Blomfields Shampoo fund Ducati shared a win apiece in the Desmo Due 620cc A class while Bailie extended his series lead. Austin Lachlan continued his dominance in the B class for the 600’s with three more maximums, but the real story was series co-ordinator Kevin Ellis getting back to full fitness after a health scare earlier on in the year and taking a stunning A class podium on Saturday morning.
Jim Hind racked up the prefect weekend in the 250GP series taking wins over former British Talent Cup rider Whatley and Joey Thompson. Hind had to work hard in the sprint race to hold off Whatley but unfortunately the third outing was brought to an early close after a downpour. The consensus was to call it as a race result. Despite a solid podium on Saturday local hero Andrew Sawford suffered a continuation of his bad luck as he tangled with another rider on the warm up lap in the second outing and then finished two laps down in the third.
Sam Llewellyn did his championship charge no harm at all taking all three 125GP races on his RS125, two over series leader Phil Atkinson and one over Osian Jones. Reigning champion Gavin Mills only racked up one finish all weekend after he suffered a huge high side, but managed to salvage some points with fifth on Sunday.
After an early crash at Hall Bends, Olii Warren bagged his fourth win from four starts in the Newcomer Mini Twins class on his Boutiqueolii SV650, this time over Hayden Rushton. Theo Pope grabbed the 25 points in the 500 class and Boucher took his LBW D Boucher R1 to a 10 second win over Chris Oliver to pull himself up to second in the championship behind Oliver.
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