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BARC National Championship Meeting. Cadwell Park 14th May 2017



legends rolling start
Legends rolling start

Robert King Legend 34 Ford Coupe
Robert King Legend 34 Ford Coupe

Paul Simmons Legend 34 Ford Coup
Paul Simmons Legend 34 Ford Coupe

Zac Hughes Legend Coupe
Zac Hughes Legend Coupe

Miles Rudman chased by Jack Parker
Miles Rudman chased by Jack Parker

John Mickel very closely followed by Jack Parker
John Mickel very closely followed by Jack Parker

legends crash recovery
First bend of the first lap..

Steve Harris, Saker RAPX S1-400
Steve Harris in the beautiful Saker RAPX S1-400 returns to the paddock

marshal replacing marker
A never ending job on Sunday

Steven rowland, VW Beetle
Steve Rowlands VW Beetle had some close attention during the race

matthew hollis, 2CV
The 2CV of Matthew Hollis also had some battle scars

Simon Sheridan returns to action after hitting tyre wall
Simon Sheridan returns to action after hitting the tyre wall

Jacob Carter, Ford Puma
Jacob Carter Ford Puma thro Hall Bends

Daniel Turner, smart car
Daniel Turner getting some fresh air in his smart car

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British Superbikes Oulton Park 1 May 2017


bsb crowd at oulton park

The Bank Holiday Monday trip to Oulton Park, one of my favourite circuits, was a must and arriving at the circuit quite early it was obvious that this was going to be a big crowd. The day started overcast with some drizzle which left the track in a tricky, slippery condition for the morning warm up sessions. However the weather gradually improved with some good spells of sunshine and a dry track.
Unfortunately Bank Holiday events usually mean that theres going to be some pain leaving any circuit and you have to be prepared for that. I thought that I had a good "escape" strategy for the end of the day but in the end it took an hour to move about 10 car lengths as it had descending into the usual free for all. Fortunately I spotted that an exit route along the circuit itself had been opened behind me and I managed to squeeze thro the surrounding cars to reach it. Progress was steady and I came out the wrong side of the circuit but at least the traffic was moving and civilised.
Both superbike races were excellent, marred only by Leon Haslams spectacular high speed crash when he collided with Ellison whose McAMS Yamaha had developed a fault. Haslam who was following had no time to react and was fortunate to escape the resulting crash unhurt after his bike was destroyed. You also have to feel for Ellison who hasn't had the rub of the green so far this season.

peter hasler ducati 959
Walking around the paddock Peter Haslers bright 959 Ducati Panigale caught my eye

james Nagy kawasaki 600 after crash
James Nagy's Superstock Kawasaki 600 after a morning warm-up spill. Damage didn't look too bad and it was fixed in time for the race.

tommy bridewell Team WD-40 BSB
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX10RR

jake dixon RAF kawasaki BSB
Jake Dixon, Royal Airforce Regular & Reserve Kawasaki ZX10RR

shaun winfield anvil hire tag racing BSB
Shaun Winfield, Anvil Hire TAG Racing Yamaha YZF-R1

josh brookes anvil hire tag racing BSB
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire TAG Racing Yamaha YZF-R1

james ellison McAMS yamaha BSB
James Ellison. McAMS Yamaha

bsb chicane
Superbikes at Brittens

Jason O'Halloran
Jason O'Halloran on the improving new Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2

leon haslamJG Speedfit Kawasaki
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki

sam burman Team WNT/Burman Racing KTM 250
Sam Burman, Team WNT / Burman Racing KTM250, Hel Performance British Motostar Championship.

burman, stacey and cook
Sam followed by Storm Stacey (great name!) and Max Cook

tom booth-amos
Tom Booth-Amos, Hel Performance British Motostar Championship leader, race winner and fastest lap.

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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

peter higton MR2 Mk1
Peter Higton retires his MR2 after some unwanted attention between the Gooseneck and Mansfield.

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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