Cadwell Park was filled with the sound and smell of 2-stroke this weekend, as the increasingly popular Pro-AM Revival series put on an unforgettable show for British Superbike spectators.
In keeping with this year’s team theme, Cadwell Park would pit the Lincolnshire Poachers against The Gamekeepers, with eight riders from the original Pro-AM series on each side.
Unlike the previous meeting at Knockhill however, the latest Pro-AM Revival would see a race on both Saturday and Sunday – and the team with the highest combined score from both races would leave with the trophy.
Home advantage seemed to favour The Poachers in qualifying as Pete Jennings, John Corrin and Owen Cherrell grabbed the three spots on the front row of the grid in qualifying. The fastest qualifier for their rivals was Silverstone’s 2016 race winner Andrew Muggleton, with Dale Robinson back in sixth.
Jennings followed up on his impressive qualifying pace on the opening race on Saturday, putting in the fastest lap of the contest on the #45 RD250 LC before his race came to an early finish. So close to winning last time out at Knockhill, it was Yorkshireman Charlie Corner of the Gamekeepers who would move up from 7th on the grid to take the win by the end of lap six. Unfortunately for Corner’s team, the Poachers took the other two podium places through John Corrin and Paul Tinker with Pete Boast also just behind them in 4th, and at the end of the opening race it left The Gamekeepers trailing with 69 points to The Poachers 70.
Things were made even more difficult for The Gamekeepers in race two following the withdrawal of Ivan Gray, making is seven versus eight for the final contest and ensuring that each finisher was guaranteed to get some vital points for their team.
Clearly looking to make amends for his DNF in Saturday’s race, Pete Jennings put in an even faster lap during Sunday’s contest as he diced with teammate John Corrin for the lead. Trying desperately to finish on the podium, Gamekeepers front-runner Alan Carter just couldn’t reel in the third placed Pete Boast who completed a podium lock-out for the home squad just over half a second behind Jennings in second place.
The results gave The Poachers a resounding overall victory, as their riders bagged 163 points compared to 116 for The Gamekeepers by the end of race two.
A huge thanks to all the riders and organisers who got behind the event, we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.
All RD250LC machines used in the series have been restored by Continental dealer IDP Moto of Silverstone, and fitted with ContiClassicAttack radial tyres which have been especially designed to bring the very latest in tyre technology to the classic bike market.
You can find out more about the ContiClassicAttack here.