Bumper grids arrived at picturesque Cadwell Park

11 Formulae took part across the two days of racing, featuring leaping F1000 cars over the mountain and the mini endurance Roadsports race.

The Clio 182s arrived for another triple header having completed one at Anglesey the month previously. A tight qualifying resulted in home favourite James Bark grabbing pole by 0.06second from Don De Graaff with Simon Donoghue producing a great performance to bag third. In the first race it was the top three in the championship who battled it out with Bark finishing 1st from De Graaff after Ryan Polley got edged out of second place and had to settle for third. Race two was the same trio battling it out with the same result as race one. James Gahagan of JG racing endured a fiery end to his race as his gearbox shattered and the engine blew up creating a fireball ending which sadly ended his race meeting. Race three saw the same three in the same positions once again, Bark doing the treble at his home circuit, he was pressurised by Polley throughout. Polley tried a move into mansfield which didn’t work out allowing De Graaff through to take 2nd.

The Hot Hatch championship featured the biggest class A grid for some time with 7 cars featuring. It was class A champion Ben Rushworth who grabbed pole from the returning Steve Sawley with Ben Leach in third. In class B it was Neil Stringfellow who got the fastest time with Scott Sharp returning to racing in second and Phil Wright in his borrowed Honda lining up third in class. Class C was a BMW Compact affair with the top two places occupied by David Drinkwater and Cadwell local Adam Read, Ian Williamson in his Saxo rounded out the top three. In race one, Steve Sawley got off to a great start to take the lead from Rushworth. Unable to pull away Rushworth made his move on lap two to take the lead and build a gap. Rushworth won by over 3 seconds with Sawley second and Chris Southcott rounding the podium out in third. The class B battle was a close and tight fight. Martin Ward who started 20th on the grid after throttle cable issues, launched up the field to be right on the back of the fight between Sharp, Stringfellow and Wright. After picking off Wright and Stringfellow, Martin set his sights on Sharp. On lap 7 Ward made his move and won class B with Wright coming in second and Sharp third after suffering gearbox issues in the latter stages. Class C saw Drinkwater take a comfortable victory with Williamson coming through the field to finish second in class ahead of the other compact of Read.

Race two was more of a sprint race, with it being red flagged after a couple of laps to recover Thomas Silk’s Ford Focus. On the restart Sawley got the jump once again, Rushworth attempted a move on lap two into hall bends which caused Sawley to go grass cutting and Rushworth run wide this allowed Chris Southcott through, a lead which he never gave up. Rushworth eventually got the move done on Sawley to finish ahead. In Class B the lead changed several times in the lap couple of laps. Ward led from the off but a moment at the gooseneck going backwards meant he fell to fourth. Wright led briefly until retirement which allowed Callum Houchen to lead. Ward was fighting back and got to second in class before Houchen had a similar error at the gooseneck allowing Ward to take victory with Shaun Green and Tony Perfect rounding the podium off. In class C it was David Drinkwater who again was victorious this time from Matt Rowling and Paul Kaynes after battles throughout the class.

Classic Stock Hatch, experienced mixed weather conditions during race one. Cadwell specialist Pip Hammond started on pole just as the rain began to fall. Off the line Hammond got a good start with Andrew Thorpe following behind and Pete Morgan a close third. During the first few laps the heavens opened to treacherous conditions. Several cars went for a spin as the rain came down. Lap 3 saw a change of lead as Morgan had raced from third to first with Hammond and Thorpe behind. Lap four saw Thorpe retire, leaving Morgan and Hammond in a race of their own with Matt Rozier rounding out the podium places. Morgan crossed the line to take victory which was then awarded to Hammond as Morgan had fell foul of the track limits penalty adding 5 seconds on his time, he still finished second. Martin Rogers enjoyed a fantastic race in the testing conditions, finishing a superb fifth place his highest finish to date. Race two was a much drier affair. Just like race one Hammond made a strong start and a lead he would never give up to take a double victory on ‘home’ soil. Pete Morgan’s race sadly ended in retirement, after a battle. Andrew Thorpe bounced back from his first race retirement to finish second ahead of reigning champion Lee Scott.

The 750 Formula saw the return of Bill Cowley once again after his first meeting at Croft at the end of June. In a close qualifying he put his Cowley MkIV on pole by just 0.07second from reigning champion Mark Glover. In the first race the damp conditions proved a happy hunting ground for Cowley has he raced home with a massive 40 second advantage over Peter Bove, as Glover had to retire towards the end of the race. Bob Simpson finished a fine third after battling with Richard Rothery for the final podium place. Race two was set in drier conditions which allowed reigning champion Mark Glover to return to the top step with victory over race one winner Bill Cowley, championship contender Peter Bove rounded out the podium edging out race one podium visitor Bob Simpson.

Roadsports featured a packed out grid, which saw Chris Mort in his pocket rocket Corsa race to pole position by the smallest margin of 0.01seconds from Class A competitor Matthew Weymouth. Class C Dan Rogers led his class and end up 5th overall on the grid. The race started in damp conditions with Matthew Weymouth powering off the line to beat Christ Mort into the lead. With the race settled class c was led by Ivor Mairs and Andrew Waters and class d was led by Adam Read and David Drinkwater. On the 11th lap sadly Mort’s Corsa decided to expire in spectacular fashion with a fireball out the back burning Cadwell’s grass! The race entered its 15th lap and with Weymouth pitting for his routine stop the Porsche of Peter Erceg took the lead. Sadly the race was cut short by 20 minutes due to a heavy crash at Barn corner, leading to a red flag. This allowed Peter Erceg to take overall victory and Class B honours. Matthew Weymouth was second overall and first in Class A with Jordan Fox in his Class B BMW finishing 3rd. Class C honours went to Ivor Mairs and Andrew Waters with Class D winners Adam Read and David Drinkwater finishing behind them.

Sports specials featured a packed out grid including the Ma7da Series. In qualifying it was Andy Hiley who grabbed pole with Martin Gambling and Darren Berries rounding out the top 3. Class B was led by Chris Pyke in his Procomp LA Gold with Class C’s Stewart Mutch lining up 6th overall. In the Ma7da series it was Samir Abid ahead of Lee Dolby. Race one was held just after the rain shower, going three abreast down the straight heading into coppice it was Darren Berris who made the best of the getaway to lead with Andy Hiley in second and Paul Collingwood in third. This would be how the trio finish but not before Berris had built a lead of over 29 seconds thriving in the damp slippery conditions. In Class B it was David Winter in his Locost VVT who was victorious finishing 9th overall, with Class C winner Stewart Mutch finishing 20th overall. In the Ma7da series it was former Locost race winner Tom Robinson from Samir Abid with James Millman rounding off their podium. Race two saw a race long battle between Paul Collingwood and Martin Gambling in their Eclipse SM1s. The two were separated by just over 2 seconds by the end of the race having pulled a gap off 27 seconds to third place finisher Stephen Ward. Race one winner Darren Berris was a non finisher after 6 laps. Stewart Mutch faired better in race 2 with another Class C win and finishing 6th overall beating Class B winner Chris Pyke. This time in the Ma7da series it was Samir Abid who won from Lee Dolby and race one winner Tom Robinson.

The Locost championship was celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. The packed grid led to them being split into groups for the racing. Tom Gadd took pole for his group with Martin West joining him on the front row. In the next race it would be Martin West starting on pole from Murray Shepherd and the final race would feature Murray Shepherd on pole with Tom Gadd second. Race one saw Gadd get off the line in the lead, the lead changed hands with reigning champion Mark Burton taking the lead on lap two before losing it again on lap 3, sadly on lap 4 a floppy marker decided to do some serious damage to Burton’s car which forced retirement. This let Gadd and West fight for victory, which went the way of Gadd. David Mason rounded the podium off, returning after having engine troubles Tim Penstone - Smith put a great drive in to finish 6th. Race two saw Murray Shepherd take his first victory, by a very small margin of 0.03 seconds from Louis Wall. Martin West was only 0.45 seconds back in thirds, the race was cut short as a nasty crash for Jeanette Malpus required the medical car to attend. We can report she is on the mend and looking forward to getting back out there. Race three saw Shepherd continue his winning streak this time by a bigger margin of 0.45seconds from race one winner Tom Gadd, Mark Burton put his non finish behind him to finish the weekend strongly in third.

The F1000 championship literally flew over the mountain at Cadwell. Qualifying saw Lee Morgan on the front row with Rob Welham joining him. Championship leader Matthew Booth lined up 4th. Race one saw Rob Welham take as Matthew Booth climbed up to second with a tense battle ahead between Welham and Booth came to a climax when Welham’s suspension broke as he went up the mountain handing the lead to Booth. The safety car was deployed to recover the stricken car of Welham. Upon the restart it was now Paul Butcher up into second and Alok Iyengar into third. Booth crossed the line just 0.41 seconds ahead of Butcher to take the first win of the weekend, Lee Morgan produced a great drive from the back of the field to fourth spot, making plenty of overtakes along the way with a great recovery drive. Race two of the weekend saw Cadwell Park circuit champion Lee Morgan win from Dan Clowes and Elliott Mitchell. Rob Welham had a great recovery drive through the field to finish 5th. This time it was Matthew Booth’s turn to not finish after contact from Alok Iyengar finishing his race. The safety car was deployed once again as Dan Gore’s car stopped on the run off at Coppice, providing a close finish once again. Morgan’s victory had a winning margin of 0.17 from Clowes. Race three saw Morgan once again win but this time the margin was much more comfortable beating Dan Clowes by 4.67seconds from Paul Butcher. Matthew Booth finished 6th after a grassy moment at hall bends, the race was cut short due to a couple of incidents, one being Rob Welhams car needing the marshals attention to put out a small fire.

The MR2 championship arrived with the grid having to be split into groups. Shaun Traynor had originally qualified on pole, however a yellow flag infringement meant he was disqualified and had to start from the back. Race one and Chris Thomas took the lead building an advantage over Aaron Cooke, however on lap 5 Thomas suffered engine failure allowing Cooke to take advantage and win the first race of the day from Alistair Topley. Top class C driver Adam Lockwood finished third overall and class A saw Gareth Baxter victorious. Race two went the way of Ben Rowe leading from start to finish, beating Darren Aldworth and Matthew Welford. Class C honours went to Peter Higton and Class A again was won by Gareth Baxter. Shaun Traynor produced a brilliant display carving his way through the field to finish 5th and set fastest lap. Race three saw a closer battle for the lead between the two previous winners of Cooke and Rowe. It was Cooke who would come out on top by just 0.46 seconds rounding off a successful weekend. Nick Williamson featured on the podium finishing third. Class C again went to Higton and Class A had a new winner ins Neil Stratton. Shaun Traynor once again finished 5th and setting fastest lap along the way.

A large grid of historic 750 Formula cars raced round Cadwell Park. It was Simon Boulter in his Time 3B on pole for class C, Ian Grant in class A and Tim Sage in class x. Race one proved a close battle between the top two of Boulter and Prior after 15 minutes of racing they finished only 0.75 seconds apart. Al Frayling-Cork won the class A honours with Tim Sage the invitational class. Race two saw the roles reversed as Prior beat Boulter with a margin of 8.65 seconds with Martin Depper rounding out the podium. Al Frayling-Cord once again beat the class A competitors to win and finish 6th overall.

17 BCV8’s took to the track for qualifying and it was the class D MGB of Ian Prior on pole from Neil Fowler. Class C went the way of Jonnie Wheeler, Class B Russell Mccarthy and Class AB to James Walpole. Race one and the battle commenced between pole man Ian Prior and Robert Spencer, it was Spencer who was victorious. Class C saw Jordan Spencer win his class by just 0.33 seconds. Russell Mccarthy took class B honours and the AB class went to pole man Walpole. Race two, this time it was a three way battle for the lead. Neil Fowler came out on top from Prior and Spencer all separated by less then 0.5 seconds. James Wheeler took victory this time round in Class C and Mccarthy took class B honours once again. Class AB went the way of Russell Mcangus.

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