JOHN Ingram and Phil Crowe bagged the Pirelli Super Series 1000 spoils as No Limits Racing descended on Cadwell Park this weekend, but it was Ingram who scooped the cash prize.
The two mates rocked up to the Lincolnshire circuit and upset the apple cart as they cleaned up with three wins between them, TT star Crowe taking Saturday’s win before Ingram swept Sunday.
It was National Superstock 1000 contender Alex Olsen, however, who bagged pole position on a frigid Saturday morning in the Wolds as he beat Crowe to the top spot in qualifying by a mere 0.007sec as Ingram rounded out the front row ahead of Edwards, Johnson and Lee Payne.
But it was Crowe who got out front early in race one, stretching a four-second lead over Johnson with just two laps in the bag before tacking on another two seconds and taking the chequered flag comfortably ahead of Ingram, who had pipped Johnson for the runner-up spot.
Crowe grabbed another early lead in Sunday’s first race ahead of Johnson, but Ingram was on the move behind and after picking off Payne for third, he made his way past Johnson and within four laps, he had chopped Crowe’s lead down from 2.6sec to just 0.215sec.
After snatching the lead on lap nine, Ingram never looked back as the reigning Thundersport GP1 champ powered across the line with 1.320sec to spare over Crowe as Edwards took a distant third.
Local man Crowe made another strong start in the final scrap, but Ingram was right on his tail by the half-way point and ahead as the riders headed into the final five laps. And while Crowe looked to be holding on, he lost a second on the penultimate lap which allowed Ingram enough room to bag the double as Payne rounded out the podium.
While Crowe, Ingram and Edwards had been focused on NLR’s premier class, Johnson took on a bumper weekend with a hat-trick of wins in the Triumph Cup aboard his Standard-class straight bar 765, while teen Hopkins had been busy with a simultaneous assault on the Pirelli Super Series 600s.
*Images: Alex James