For Round 8 of the season, we returned to Cadwell Park. The team’s morale was high with positive outlooks set for a slightly cooler weekend in comparison to the last couple of rounds previous!
We kicked off Friday morning with Free Practice 1 where both boys spent their time re-adjusting to the track. Matt’s previous visit to this circuit took place two years ago. He concentrated on adjusting to the track and progressed throughout FP1. Kurt rodewell, slicing his lap time throughout the session, however, he did not supersede his personal best. Following the session, there were changes to be made to the bikes and reviews of previous data. These changes reflected in FP2 where Kurt knocked a second off his lap time and Matt followed, knocking off half a second.
Saturday morning bought more decent weather conditions for Qualifying. The team were up bright and early in preparation for the session, with the boys spending their time revising previous data and looking for improvements. Kurt pushed hard right from the off, continually finding areas for improvement in each sector, leaving him with his fastest lap in the middle of the session. Matt performed at his peak towards the end of the session. This left them qualifying on the inside of row 8 and 9 for the race, a result both riders were not happy with but requiring further development for the race.
The beginning of Race 1 was a disaster for Kurt, with an electrical fault causing the bike to cut out as he took his grid position. As a result of this, he was forced to abandon the warm-up lap. He managed to get the bike running again and was able to join the back of the grid which proved to be beneficial as the bike continued to cut out when ticking over. In the opening laps, Kurt made up for lost ground. With lap times over a second faster than those surrounding him, he was able to catch and pass the next group, finishing the race in 16th. Matt had a great start to the race and battled his way to the front of the group that he was with. However by this point, the group ahead had broken away. Still pushing hard, Matt found himself alone on track for the latter stages of the race. Finishing in 18th position with an improved lap time, Matt was pleased to be further forward on the grid for Race 2.
Sunday morning was extremely busy at Cadwell Park. We were pleased to cater for a lot of guests in the hospitality, and this was equally reflected in the huge turnout of people at the event for race day! The mechanics had a late night previously fixing the hidden electrical fault on Kurt’s bike. With the bikes all set and higher starting positions on the grid, the boys were feeling positive for the race to come. Matt found himself caught up in a battle with two other riders for the majority of the race, with gaps forming and being closed again continually. Not allowing them out of sight, he kept fighting to stay ahead and bought it home in 17th position. Kurt also had an intense race, finding a group fighting for the points. All within approximately half a second of one-another, the last couple of laps were intense. Losing out to only one of the riders, Kurt crossed the chequered flag in 15th, winning the battle for the points and moving forward a position in the championship!
We now have a few weekends to organise the bikes for Silverstone and in preparation for the busy month of September with three race meetings! Huge thanks are due to our mechanics who not only give up every weekend to come and help us get to where we are, but for all the work that they do outside of the race meetings and behind the scenes.