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Kershaw and Clark within reach next weekend at Cadwell Park

 

Returning to the scene of quadruple victories earlier in the season, the Santander Salt/Express Tyres Kawasaki duo of Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark are agonisingly close to their first ever British Championship title. With fourteen victories from the seventeen races run so far, their track record is impressive.

Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire is the scene for round eight next weekend (17- 19 August), and is also the scene of a spate of incidents earlier in the year which decimated the field. Several of those crews affected in those crashes have yet to regain financial or physical fitness.

Needing just thirty-two points to become the first Scottish rider to wrap up the title since Jock Taylor, Kershaw will be full of anticipation ahead of Cadwell. Anywhere on the podium in both races will suffice, and that has to be their game plan.

Sitting second in the title chase is a 600 Honda in the hands of Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson. They also lead the final year of the 600 Cup class from former champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood.

At the previous round at Thruxton down in Hampshire, we saw a resurgent Ricky and Ryan in terrific form on the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki. Third place, currently in the hands of Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde, is well within their grasp at Cadwell.

Ellis and Richardson came away from Thruxton without a visit to the podium. Self-confessed Cadwell experts, they will be doing their utmost to keep former double champions Stevens and Charlwood behind.

Gary Horspole and James Connell were twice on the podium last time out at Cadwell, and are having by far their best season together.

But for a good share of misfortune, their position in the table would be far stronger. As it is, they sit fifth behind Stevens and Charlwood and six points ahead of the Birchall Brothers. Ben and Tom will not improve their position, as they are on world championship duty in Holland, so Horspole must make the most of this temporary breather.

Simon Gilbert and Jack Tritton on the Draper Racing Yamaha have shown good speed, and were quick at Cadwell in June. They will be trying to overhaul the ever-consistent Brian Gray and Jason Pitt in the standings.

Cadwell Park is a great venue for the sidecars, and will enjoy live Eurosport coverage for those fans not making the journey.

With race one on Saturday, and race two mid-afternoon on Sunday, there will be plenty of time for those attending to wander into the paddock and meet the teams.

Go along and say hello. Who knows, you might even be shaking hands with the 2018 champions.

 

Media Matters - Barry Nutley - barry.nutley@btinternet.com

 

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Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood, Havant, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki
Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood, Havant, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki


Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde
Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde


Phil Bell and Stuart Ramsay
Phil Bell and Stuart Ramsay


Race action
Race Action


 

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