Just four weeks after a frosty Championship opener at Brands Hatch the NGRRC paddock was treated to a fantastic race weekend basking in glorious Cadwell Park sunshine for rounds three and four of the Pirelli UK GP45 Championship.
Saturday 17th April, round three
Midday on Saturday arrived and the GP45 Super Singles and Twins lined up for the start of the first qualifying heat of the weekend, three per row on the narrow grid in amoungst the mini-twins. The five Super Singles included Suzuki, Kawasaki, KTM and Honda, perfectly demonstrating the range of options available for these nimble racers.
From the off #96 Matthew Andrew on the Wedds & Co and Machine Tool Sales GP45 RMZ Suzuki was on a charge, pushing through the field to 11th. By lap two Andrew was up into 9th on-the-road chasing down the Motobits’ Super Twin Aprilia of Brad Davey. The next Single on the move was novice jacketted Gary Moran enjoying his first outing on the NGRRC GP45 Kawasaki followed by the Trevor Pope Racing KTM of Robbie Robson – both riders claiming several mini-twin scalps over the 10.87 race miles. The GoFasterBits.co.uk Kawasaki of Martin Thrower was relieved not to give away any places following some frustrating friday test day mechanical issues. The final Super Single to complete the line-up was another new face, Tony Bridgefoot, onboard the Bluebell Lakes Honda.
Heading up the Super Twins yet again was Chris Harrison eager to claim another sweep of victories for the Motobits team. By the second lap the blue SXV was in 3rd spot overall which he was to retain until the end, securing a front row start for the final. Teammate Brad Davey enjoyed a strong ride finishing just three places behind.
Matthew Andrew achieved the fastest Super Single lap with a 1:50.02. Chris Harrison’s 1:45.32 was a close match for the best mini-twin lap of 1:45.28. The race unfortunately ended on a red flag on the final lap.
The grid for the Pirelli supported final held three GP45s on the inside spots in as many rows – a determined Chris Harrison took his front row position on the inside ready for the first corner. In his wheel tracks on row two came Brad Davey with the Suzuki Single of Matthew Andrew just one row back.
The race was hectic at the front as Harrison battled with his mini-twin rivals for the overall win, consistently in 2nd over the line but with many changes of position throughout each lap. The pace hotted up considerably from their lunchtime outing, Harrison’s best lap of 1:42.47 was a second faster than the nearest mini-twin challenger. With four changes of leader over the last lap Harrison eclipsed the mini-twins at the line to take a well earned victory on-the-road and in the GP45 class. Brad Davey also enjoyed a strong ride with a 6th overall.