Motostar Round 8 Report – Cadwell

Race Report:

Cadwell Park in the Lincolnshire Woods was venue for round 8 of the British GP125 Motostar Championship this weekend. The Cadwell round attracts possibly the largest crowd of the year for for BSB event as the iconic circuit is a fans favourite to see the bikes leave the ground over the mountain.

Andy and the team started the meeting with a new later specification engine that they had not used before so the first day was used to get the settings correct, this was achieved quickly and Andy ended the first Qualifying session in 2nd Place. The second qualifying saw more changes to the bike and a further improvement in lap time but in a very close field Andy dropped to third place overall.

Race one on Saturday afternoon was held in very hot and humid conditions but the set up of the bike was good and Andy was able to get a good start and run in the lead group of GP125 riders. As the race went on Andy made a slight mistake and lost the tow of the group and ended up in a safe third place.

More changes were made to the chassis set up for morning warm up, once evaluated the team decided on the final set up for the race which was to be held at 17-20, the final race of the day. As predicted the rain arrived while the bikes were held in the pit lane so the team set about changing the wheels and settings quickly so that Andy could make use of the sighting lap period to get in three laps to feel settled on the bike before the race. The race got underway and Andy made a good start and made use of his experience on the first lap to gain places, again the first three 125’s found themselves together in a group with some moto 3 machines. On lap 4 Andy made a small mistake which left him no option but to run off the track and loose time but no places, back on track he soon found his rhythm and started to close back on the group, meanwhile the leading 125 crashed out putting Andy second. The race was shortened due to the weather delay so Andy finished in 2nd place and in doing so remains second in the overall points standings.

The next round sees a return to Oulton Park in Cheshire in two weeks time.

Round Statistics:

Position Fastest Lap Times
125GP Overall Andy Sawford 125GP Overall
Q1 2nd 17th 01:40:040 01:39:413 01:33:726
Q2 3rd 20th 01:39:035 01:37:748 01:33:143
Race 1 3rd 17th 01:39:017 01:37:458 01:33:217
Race 2 (Wet) 2nd 14th 01:49:695 01:47:671 01:41:616