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Cadwell Park turned out nice again for trackday guests

04/06/2018

A good day was had by all at the Ceratizit WNT/XYZ Machine Tools trackday

Leading by example, instructor Lee Jackson at Cadwell Park’s famous Mountain

The annual trackday hosted by Ceratizit WNT and XYZ Machine Tools and under the guidance of Sam Burman and her fellow instructors, once again proved to be a hit with the numerous guests who turned up to test their motorcycle handling skills on the Lincolnshire circuit, while also raising several thousand Pounds for The British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

The event followed the now familiar format, with those who wanted to arriving the evening before for the traditional track walk and fish and chip supper. At this point Cadwell Park’s micro-climate was already playing tricks with riders’ minds as the temperature dropped significantly, while the sun shone brightly just a few miles away. In spite of this the instructors gave a number of pointers, highlighting the best lines around the twisting, narrow, circuit, along the way dispelling any fears that the guests may have had.

The following morning track time was delayed by mist, but once under way the instructors, Sam Burman of WNT Burman Racing, Lee Jackson, who holds the motorcycle lap record holder at Cadwell Park, Kyle Ryde who is back in the U.K. to compete in the British Superbike Championship after a couple of seasons in world supersport along with Phil Wakefield and Bruce Dunn led the way for a day of action-packed track time. With a break for lunch it was time for Northwest 200 Superstock 1000 winner Peter Hickman who diverted to Cadwell en-route to the Isle of Man TT races, to switch to four wheels and provide ‘hot-laps’ for a small group of guests in the circuit’s BMW safety car.

Another feature of the day is the awarding of the Colin Askey Memorial Prize, given in memory of this long-standing friend of the event, who was sadly killed during a motorcycle tour of Italy in 2016. This year’s prize went jointly to Alan Walker and Andrew Monkhouse of Complete Engineering Services in recognition of the business celebrating its 20th anniversary and also its involvement in motorcycle sponsorship.

“I really enjoy these days as it’s great to see so many people with a smile on their face. Those that want a bit of tuition can get it, with the instructors doing a great job throughout the day. From me a massive thank you to all, Ceratizit WNT and XYZ Machine Tools for supporting the day, and the customers for making it such a fun and enjoyable event. One highlight for me was one guest, who finally joined us after six years of being invited, who went away having had a thoroughly great day,” says Sam Burman.