Round 4: CRMC Cadwell Park - WOW what a brilliant meeting. Put simply Cadwell Park 2024 was amongst the best, if not THE best meeting in my 17 years with the club. One thing that makes Rusty and Jono’s job easier is when you have a great race to commentate on – you know the races where you don’t know who’s going to win until the flag. 

CRMC Cadwell Park: 29-30 June 2024 - Race Report by Jono Yardley 

And last weekend we had many of those. My little chat with the weather gods certainly worked and we had near perfect conditions for racing. It did try to rain for about 10 minutes towards the end of practice, but nothing that really affected anybody. 
 
It’s hard to know where to start and who to name - I always try and make my reports include different names as much as I can – but this time I’ll bring some names from the ‘TZ’ race;- it was great to see Mike Smith back with us on the 350 Yam and he won both races on Saturday before the engine expired, leaving Richard Parker to win the 3rd race, but he had to sit out the last race and John Bolsover took the win. John looked very strong all weekend on the TZ but his RGB Suzuki 500 only lasted one outing in the Superbike class. Let’s hope he can get it out again soon. 
It’s hard to know where to start and who to name - I always try and make my reports include different names as much as I can – but this time I’ll bring some names from the ‘TZ’ race - it was great to see Mike Smith back with us on the 350 Yam and he won both races on Saturday before the engine expired, leaving Richard Parker to win the 3rd race, but he had to sit out the last race and John Bolsover took the win. John looked very strong all weekend on the TZ but his RGB Suzuki 500 only lasted one outing in the Superbike class. Let’s hope he can get it out again soon. 
Mike Smith (40) takes two wins on Saturday 
For me there were many pinnacles of the weekend, but these are just a few that stood out: 
 
 
Firstly, the Saturday guest appearance by 7 times TT winner from the 80’s – Mick Grant. He had never been to a CRMC event before and I think it’s fair to say he was very impressed with the standard of both riding and machinery. 
 
 
Anji Yardley, June Morris, Mick Grant and Lesley Daggers  
Joe Woodward (46) heads Mark Cronshaw (8) 
The second was the absolutely outstanding ride by Joe Woodward in the second Classic 500 race of Saturday. He led the first try at running the race for all of two laps despite Mark Cronshaw throwing everything at it. It was red-flagged and we all thought he can’t do it again. But with a simply stunning demonstration of brilliant riding, he not only took the lead from the start but went on to win. Even though Mark had overtaken him several times, Joe somehow fought back with some incredible moves. A proper photo finish – the gap, just 9 thousandths of a second. This performance easily gained him Rusty & Jono’s ‘Commentators Choice’ 
 
The third high-point was the amazing antics of two Supermono riders who are new to the club. Jack Long is just 18 years old, has only ever raced twice at Aintree and had never done a single lap around Cadwell. He was on a little KTM, and somehow managed to lap in 1.48.366. Throw in the fact that he was on a 43 bhp 390 and this has to be just incredible. Many have commented, that if he was on a full power 690 version, he would have been mixing it at the front. A star of the future for sure.  
Jack Long racing at Cadwell for the first time  
The other SM rider who was amazing to watch was James O’Mara. I don’t have enough superlatives in my dictionary to describe his riding, but I’ve never seen anyone short of BSB riders get so much air over the mountain jump – we’re talking here about the back wheel - 6 inches or more in the air. And his outrageous moves trying to get underneath Dean Widdowson and Joe Woodward into Hall bends defy description. 
James O'Mara (sadly not jumping the mountain in this pic)  

Also catching our commentator's eye... 

 
In the same Supermono race Ant Hart continues his seemingly unbeatable performances and once again destroyed the existing lap record. Somehow he managed to take it down to just 1.37.683, which is very nearly 4 seconds less than what Dean Widdowson achieved last year. 
But both Dean and Joe were riding incredibly well, they both smashed the previous record in every race. 
Joe Woodward (46) and DeanWiddowson (6)  
shaking hands 
Another high-point was to see a jubilant Adam Sheriff on the podium in the ACU PC 750 feature race. He’d had a race long duel with Joe Woodward, and we all know how quick Joe is on the ZXR 750, so for Adam to somehow beat him on his CBR600 was a proper achievement. 
Adam Sheriff (911) ahead of Joe Woodward (46) 
Another new name to the club is Aaron Stanniforth. His 600 Honda engine literally exploded at the top of Park Straight in race 1 and we all thought that was the end of his weekend, but he borrowed his brothers stock CBR and rode the pants off it in the remaining races to take a 5th, a fourth and a third place. Another great example of superb riding. 
Aaron Staniforth saves wearing out his front tyre on his Honda CBR600 
Jason & Byron Reilly have taken a year off racing and they made a return with a bang – four straight wins just shows they still have the speed and skill to motor a sidecar outfit very quickly. 
Jason & Byron Reilly (54) get a great start and show the rest the quickest way round Cadwell Park  
Next time you’re thinking of complaining about how far we have to travel to meetings, think about Swedish National Champion, Sixten Minuer, who drove for 22 hours and 1200 miles (almost 2000 Kilometres) to get from his home in Sweden to race. I would like to think that he thinks it was worth it, with three 3rds and a 2nd in the Superbike 750 class. Well done Sixten, we hope to see you again soon. 
Sixten Mineur (65) is even keener to save his front tyre, racing his Kawasaki 750 
The race bike of the meeting was something very special – A BSA PO55 raced by Jason Markham. It is one of only two anywhere in the world and features a belt drive 4 valve, twin cam engine. Jason can also race – a brace of good results and a 3rd in class on Sunday. 
The parade bike of the meeting was a very nice BMW K100, owned and prepared by Ian Gardiner. 
Jason Markham racing his BSA which was awarded Bike of the Meeting 
So all in all a brilliant meeting, and of course we do it all again at the end of this month, and this is our big one – The Donington Park Classic. As usual we will have many very special Grand Prix bikes, both displaying and parading – many ridden by names from the past. This meeting has grown and grown in recent years and is now probably the biggest classic racing motorcycle event in the country. In addition to a packed race program, there'll be many club stands and a celebration on track of 50 years of the iconic Yamaha TZ750. I’m very much looking forward to it, make sure you are there. 
 
Jono 
 
PS. It's a busy and popular meeting, so if you want to race or spectate there, get your entry ticket now 

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We're off to Donington Park for Round 5 on 27-28 July 2024 
- see you there! 

Roll on Round 5: Donington Park 27-28 July 2024 

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