Thursday, September 21, 2017


BSB Cadwell Park 18th August - 20th August round 8 of 12 British Supersport class.

There is always a lot of excitement for Cadwell Park as this is also another circuit that is only visited once a year "the party in the park." Unfortunately Jamie had been unable to complete any testing this year at Cadwell due to budget constraints, but Jamie has always enjoyed riding the circuit and we hoped last years knowledge would come in handy. Free practice one went well, Jamie built on his lap times and got more comfortable with every lap. Free practice 2 brought rain and due to the weather forecast being dry for the remainder of the weekend we sat the session out as felt there was nothing to gain.

Saturday morning Jamie had qualifying where his lap times progressed placing Jamie 5th on the grid - the middle of the second row. It is really vital to get a good race start at Cadwell as the track is narrow so overtaking can be difficult.

So here we go for race 1 on Saturday afternoon, Jamie took his place on the grid and had a great battle throughout in podium positions eventually ending in 4th place, which was a great result for us and one of the highs of the weekend, dicing amongst the big teams with their big budgets! Which can be hard to compete with.

The team worked hard into the night as I was having trouble getting over the mountain section so we made a plan to try and solve this, their were changes to be made to the bike which took slightly longer than planned (Thanks team)

Sunday brought dry weather which was forecast for the whole day and Jamie was keen to try out his new settings in the 8 minute warm up. Things were looking really good until the last few minutes of the session Jamie crashed on the last corner of the track, as he was sliding along, he watched his bike sliding across the track but then unfortunately as it hit the grass verge it barrell rolled and disappeared over the top of the fence and into a ditch. When Jamie stood up all he could see of his bike was the rain light by his side. Oh dear, there was major damage to the bike. The bike was returned to the setup by recovery van, my family team worked relentlessly to repair the bike changing just about everything except from the frame.

With 10 minutes to spare Jamie was ready to take his place on the grid, there would be no time to test or check the bike was okay to race so we just had to hope for the best. After completing half a lap Jamie was forced to retire from the race due to severe handling problems.

There is now a lot of work to be done to get the bike back to perfect condition and Jamie is really looking forward to his local round at his favourite circuit Silverstone!!

Quotes from Jamie:

"Saturday was prime, I felt good up the front again fighting for a podium place, but Sunday took us to one of the inevitable lows in the racing game."

"I will be back stronger and hopefully fighting for those elusive podium positions!"

"I have supporters merchandise for sale - the sale of which will help towards all the new parts I need for my bike, details can be found on my website or facebook: / and check out the free competition"

"I would like to give a massive thanks to all those that make my racing possible and a special thanks to my sponsors Slidecodor and Andrew Pipework Services. Also thanks to Mark Sadler at Go Racing Developments. Don't forget to contact me if you want to join this list!"

Looking forward to meeting anybody that is coming to Round 9 at Silverstone - 8th September - 10th September. Come and see me and have a cup of tea!

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