Just a week after it played host to the Thundersport gang, the Cadwell Park was once again brimming with bikes as the North Gloucester Road Racing club rolled into Lincolnshire.
Despite losing his 100% winning record last time out at Donington, Northamptonshire based Paul Wardell was still on top in the MPH Moto Minitwin championship and was looking to maintain his lead in round four.
Cadwell is definitely a circuit of two halves, the fast and flowing opening section running into a tight and twisty finale including the famous Mountain, a favourite spot for spectators and snappers alike.
Paul soon reacquainted himself with the track, and after a few suspension tweaks to get the most out of his ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres he soon found himself involved in a fierce four way battle for the lead in the opening contest. The man to beat in qualifying, Ben Marsden was relegated to 3rd place as Paul battled all the way to the line to take the win by just 0.059s over second placed Kaine Sheriff, also setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
The following day Sheriff had clearly found another gear as Paul and the chasing pack watched him streak away to take the race win by more than 17 seconds, with Paul having to settle for 2nd place with a comfortable gap between himself and Scott Larkin in 3rd.
With key rival Jake Detloff missing in action following a nasty crash on the Friday, Paul has extended his lead in the series to a healthy 73 points at the halfway point in the club’s season.
Paul is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Alan Russell who claimed the Minitwins title in 2016, again on Continental race tyres.
After the meeting he commented:
“Thanks to at A&R Racing for their help and advice this weekend at Cadwell Park.
We’re new to Continental tyres and as the weather warms up that little bit of advice is helping us to get the most out of them. So far we’re making the fronts last three meetings and the rears two because they respond in a predictable way to suspension tweeks so we are able to look after them, which is important when you’re running on a shoe-string.
As a result we’ve scored five wins, two seconds, a lap record at Oulton Park and a whole host of fastest laps.”
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