Round 8 - MCE British Superbike Championship - Cadwell Park - Race Day
The sun continued to shine upon Cadwell Park as race day rolled around, and as the MCE BSB fans began to arrive at the circuit it began increasingly clear why this is hailed as the 'jewel in the crown' of the calendar with thousands of fans arriving for the occasion.
It was Josh Brookes who once more topped the time sheets in the mornings warm up session, with Danny Buchan only 0.086s behind, and Tommy Bridewell finishing third. These three riders will make up the front row of the grid and they have evidently turned up to race day in top form, which will undoubtedly make for some compelling racing. Kiyonari set his fastest lap of the weekend so far and finished in fourth, it will be interesting to see whether he can bring this form into the two races - however starting way back on the grid it may be a tall order.
It the build up to race one, Club MCE members were treated to pillion laps and safety car lap experiences around the Lincolnshire circuit in the summer sun in front of a crowd of evidently envious onlookers! Members were also invited down to the lower paddock for a priority pit walk with Big Ed and the Selfie Squad.
Race one soon arrived and the grid was packed with MCE BSB riders waiting to attack the circuit. It was Josh Brookes who triumphed overall with a commanding victory over the chasing pack, this win makes it five in a row for the Australian, and he doesn't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. Danny Buchan lost a few places at the race start and worked hard to make his way back through, however his race ended on the eighth lap when he crashed out on top of the mountain.
Hickman finished in second position and bagged his first podium of the season at his home circuit. The podium was completed by McConnell who obtained his first ever podium in the Superbike class following an incredible battle in the last lap with Bridewell, of which the Australian came out on top. Bridewell was followed by teammate Laverty in 5th position, followed by Byrne. Mossey, Cooper, Iddon and Linfoot made up the top 10.
Brookes pulled no punches when race two arrived and fired off the line, making clear to the chasing pack that this was to be his race, and he wasn't wrong. The Australian consistently widened the gap and comfortably won his 6th race in a row and moved ahead of Shane Byrne in the podium points tally in the process. Tommy Bridewell was on the attack to gain the podium position that was snatched from him in race one and on the fourth lap of the race he made a move on Shane Byrne and worked his way up to fourth.
Mossey made an error into the chicane and slipped back a few places as Hickman and Bridewell moved up into 2nd and 3rd in the process. The latter's teammate Laverty attempted to close the gap on the defending champion, however slid out at the Chicane and ended his race prematurely.
Bridewell pushed ahead of Hickman in the closing stages; however the home hero was able to snatch the 2nd place finish from the BMW rider on the chicane on the final lap, crossing the line to take his second podium of the day. Byrne was unable to gain those valuable podium points as he finished in 4th place, followed by Mossey and McConnell. The top 10 was made up by Cooper, Buchan, Westmoreland and Linfoot.
The next round takes us to Oulton Park for not only a triple header, but also the final opportunity for the grid to make the showdown. Ellison, Bridewell, Easton and Laverty are currently fighting for their spots, whereas Brookes and Byrne are already comfortably safe. However with the likes of Linfoot, Cooper and Mossey all within the top 10 and hungry for more podium finishes it's certainly going to be one to remember! And we can't wait - bring it on!
23.08.2015 - Big Ed