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MSVR Cadwell Park 23 April 2017

Another visit to Cadwell Park on Sunday the second day of the MSVR 2 day event. In nice bright sunny conditions it was surprising how few spectators had turned out although I suspect that Saturday was the busier day.


Ashley Dibden. Dallara F301
Ashley Dibden, winner in both Monoposto races. Dallara F301

Chris Hodgen. Dallara F304
Chris Hodgen, Monoposto runner up. Dallara F304

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Start of the Toyo Tires Production BMW Race

Matthew Swaffer BMW 320
Matthew Swaffer, winner of both Toyo Tires BMW races. BMW 320

Ross Stoner BMW 320i
Ross Stoner. BMW 320i

BMW safety car
Safety car - Too Tires BMW race

Paul Laurie Toyota MR2 Mk1
Paul Laurie takes to the grass exiting Coppice. Toyota MR2 Mk1

Gareth Baxter rejoins the race in his MR2 Mk1
Gareth Baxter rejoins the race in his MR2 Mk1

MR2 race
Three abreast into Mansfield doesn't usually end happily but somehow they all managed it.

Doug Carter. Radical PR6
Doug Carter, easy winner of both MSVR All-Comer races. Radical PR6

Ian McDonald. Radical SR1
Ian McDonald. Radical SR1

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Alan Healey Memorial Rally Cadwell Park 9th April 2017

Clear blue skies and sun all day long - with the possible exception of Angelsey I don't think theres a more scenic track in the UK. It was a well attended setting for the Alan Healey Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally, the final round of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship. I'm not a regular rally goer so it made a pleasant change to try something a little different.



Andy Graham / Ian Owen, Ford Escort MK2 RS
First stop was the chicane between the Mountain and Mansfield. Decent shots were possible but glare on the windscreen obscured the driver and co-driver a little. Andy Graham / Ian Owen, Ford Escort MK2 RS

Chris West / Keith Hounslow, Peugeot 306 Maxi
On to the start I tried to capture wheelspin as the cars set off but couldn't quite get it right. Eventual overall winners Chris West / Keith Hounslow, Peugeot 306 Maxi

Stuart Ranby / Ian Bass, Ford Escort MKII
Theres always some good photographic opportunities along the Hall Bends. The cars travelling in the reverse direction were light over the crests adding a little interest. Stuart Ranby / Ian Bass, Ford Escort MKII

Chris Bellamy /  Ashlie Thorpe Honda Civic VTI
While at the Hall Bends I tried to get some shots of thro the cutouts and open windows as the cars passed. I liked this one the most although unfortunately theres no impression of speed. Chris Bellamy / Ashlie Thorpe Honda Civic VTI

David Tinn/ Giles Dykes, MEM Proton Satria Nero
3rd Overall David Tinn/ Giles Dykes, MEM Proton Satria Nero

Subaru
This sharp turn caused problems for a number of cars

Chris Bellamy /  Ashlie Thorpe Honda Civic VTI
Catching up with a slower car this looked like it could end badly

Chris Bellamy /  Ashlie Thorpe Honda Civic VTI
…and it did, both cars out!

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Thundersport GB Championship Donington Park 26 March 2017

After nearly freezing to death at the BSB test day mid week, Sundays Thundersport GB event was a pleasant change with clear blue skies for most of the day. The racing didn't disappoint either and the program reported 394 riders competing over the weekend. Theres something about the atmosphere in the paddock (in a good way!) at a Thundersport GB meeting and the organisation looks spot on.
I watched the first race infield at Redgate and decided to move to the Craner Curves for Race 2 - Golden Era Supersport and Steelsport. The race was hardly underway when there was a spectacular accident as Adam Darnell lost the bikes rear - the way it went down looked a little odd . I quickly started firing as the accident unfolded and more riders got involved. Sparklight team-mate Chris Hellewell with nowhere to go took a nasty fall and the Yamaha of Karl Foster cartwheeled at some speed and distance, narrowly missing Adam Darnell. Fortunately and surprisingly no-one suffered any serious injury.


supersport crash chris hellewell and adam darnell

supersport crash adam darnell

supersport crash adam darnell

supersport crash karl foster adam darnell

supersport crash karl foster adam darnell

supersport crash karl foster

supersport crash karl foster

supersport crash karl foster

supersport crash

marshals react to supersport crash

marshals react to supersport crash

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BSB Official Pre Season Test Day Donington Park 22nd March 2017


BSB spectators

I'd been looking forward to this for some time but the weather forecasts got worse as the day approached and sure enough it was a bitterly cold overcast day, rain developing during the morning. Despite the weather there was a surprisingly high attendance.
The first Superbike practice was a little thin on the ground with many riders missing the session in which defending champion Shakey Byrne was fastest. A number of riders were missing in the remaining two sessions, preferring not to risk the tricky conditions. Christian Iddon and Josh Brookes were fastest in the 2nd and 3rd sessions respectively with Iddon fastest overall with a best time of 1.42.674.
Despite the conditions it was good to see the season get underway but it also meant the times were meaningless and I'm no wiser as to who this years title contenders are likely to be!


Leon Haslam JG Speedfit Kawasaki

Leon Haslam - JG Speedfit Kawasaki

Glen Irwin Be Wiser Ducati

Glen Irwin - Be Wiser Ducati

Shaun Winfield Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha

Shaun Winfield - Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha

Classic Yamaha Livery

Classic Yamaha Livery

Michael Dunlop Bennetts Suzuki

Michael Dunlop - Bennetts Suzuki


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