Cadwell is calling for Honda Racing’s home round
This August Bank Holiday weekend, the Honda Racing team heads just around the corner to its home circuit; Cadwell Park; for round eight of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
With its tight, twisty and undulating layout set in beautiful woodland, Cadwell Park’s unique nature produces some of the most spectacular racing and is arguably one of the most exciting circuits on the calendar for fans and riders alike. Few locations can compare to sitting on the bank and watching a Superbike fly through the air over The Mountain.
Fresh from his first points-scoring ride in BSB, Franco Bourne remains with the team for another round and benefits from recent testing outings at the 2.18-mile Lincolnshire circuit. A Friday evening test on the 25th will also provide Franco with precious track time to build confidence and feeling. Full-time rider Andrew Irwin continues his recovery to full fitness and targets a return to riding before the end of the year.
2021 Superstock Champion and Lincolnshire local, Tom Neave, heads into his home round eager to score solid results at the same venue where he previously raced to victory aboard his Superstock CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. He will be hoping that the local support and home crowd atmosphere boost his progression towards the top ten positions.
Also returning for this round is the Omologato Superpole qualifying format, whereby the top fifteen seeded riders are granted just a solitary flying lap to set their quickest time and secure their grid slot for the Bennetts BikeSocial Sprint Race.
Round eight kickstarts on Saturday with two Free Practice Sessions, with the first race of the weekend scheduled for 17:00 on Sunday 27th. The two 18-lap feature races are then slated for 13:15 and 16:15 on Monday 28th. For a full weekend schedule click here.
#54 Franco BourneI love Cadwell Park and I have always said that it is an awesome circuit, when I raced here in British Talent Cup and Junior Superstock it was always a track that I enjoyed coming to. On the big bike, it is going to be really important to get confidence because they can be a bit of an animal to muscle around here on the narrow track. I had a small test at the circuit when I first joined the team and we have the test planned for Friday night which is good to give me the extra track time. The step we made at Thruxton will definitely benefit me heading into this round as we managed to get the bike into a really good window and built some confidence to push. My goal is to continue progressing without making too many mistakes and build on what we have already achieved.
#68 Tom NeaveI am hoping that Cadwell Park can offer a fresh start for me, it’s an opportunity to bounce back and get things back on track. It’s a circuit that I love and in every class that I have ever been in, be it club racing or when I joined the BSB paddock in Stock 600, it has been a good circuit for me. I have wins and lap records here so it has been a happy hunting ground. You always gain that slight advantage when you race in front of your home crowd, that extra drive and motivation. So I am hoping I can use that to my advantage and thrive from it. It’s a four-day event with an extra test session on Friday night, so it will be an advantage for us with the extra track time. I am really looking forward to it.