Charlie Atkins Cadwell Park 2015For the last round of the Aprilia Superteen challenge saw us head to Cadwell Park the home of the famous mountain. After the disappointment of the last few rounds the aim was to go out on a high. Things didn’t start as planned with the exhaust snapping again at the start of Friday practice. But a quick trip into Louth soon had that fixed. The rest of the day went as planned slowly working on set up and getting some good laps under my belt.

Saturday started cold and windy but the rain was holding off. We were out with the 450s and 400s for qualifying which didn’t really help. I couldn’t manage to get a clean lap together but still found a decent time which put me forth on the grid. Race 1 was going to plan but something wasn’t quite right with the bike. We had no top end power. Which meant I slipped a few places during the race. Dropping me down to 7th as the race finished. Not what we wanted if we were to fight for second in the championship. The team (my dad) stripped the bike but couldn’t find anything wrong. So we changed the plug and made sure everything was clean and back together as it should be. This did the trick as we tried it on a sighting lap and all was good. By the time race 2 had started we’d had some lightCharlie Atkins Cadwell Park 2015 rain giving us a damp final race of the day. It took me a while to adjust to the conditions but by lap 3 I started to get confidence to push. Working my way to second whilst having a awesome battle with Lee Harnett. I’d left it to late to catch Alex Wood who rode an awesome race in tricky conditions.

As we woke up on Sunday it was defiantly going to be a wet day. It had rained all night. Morning warm up felt good on the wet track. But no more rain fell and the track was starting to dry. The bike was changed to a dry set up. But 10 mins before the race started light rain begain to fall so we quickly changed to wets. As the race got underway it was still dry. Jack Scott set off at a lightening pace. I couldn’t match his pace at the start. Alex was on dry tyres which was the right decision but I was just managing to keep him behind me. But by lap 3 the rain started to fall again. The wet setup now came into play and I managed to hold second place by the line. Our final race of the 2015 season started with everyone on wets. The track was very cold and still damp in places. I saved my best start to last . Going for 4th to 1st by the first corner. Side by side with Scott into the Park corner pushing us both wide. Wood slipped through to 2nd dropping me to 3rd. This continued all the way to barn but Woods lost the rear causing me to sit up. This let Scott get away. I now concentrated on maintaining second hoping this would be enough to gain second place back in the championship.

Charlie Atkins Cadwell Park 2015I ended the weekend back on a high. Back where it all started back on the podium. But the 7th and three 2nd places wasn’t quite enough to get second in the championship. But 3rd place in my first year is still a mega result. Considering we missed 12 races. I also managed to maintain my 100% race finsh record. Which now stretches to over 2 years. 2015 was the most up and down season I’ve ever had in racing. Going from race wins to broken bones. To finally getting back on the podium.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those that help make this happen for me. Paul Metcalf and Metcalf Autos in Sherburn. Tim Harman carpets and flooring. Steve Ackah and MoMe Racing composite. Ian brotherton and Scorpion helmets. Kate Corkill, and Rosemary Poulton. Mobile tyres in Goole. A massive thanks to my Mum and Dad and also to my uncle Lee who without their support I wouldn’t even be on the grid. And to all those that have and continue to donate to my go fund me page. Massive thanks to you all. And here’s to an even better 2016.

4 Thoughts on “Cadwell Park finale 2015”

  • A season you can be proud of. Broken bones and unfortunate incidents on the track but you battled back and at the end of the season a return to the podium Well done! Looking forward to hearing about your plans for next season.

    • Thank you for your kind words. My family and I are very grateful for your continuous support.

  • I have to second Rosemary Poultons comments. Considering you missed out on 12 races this season, to finish 3rd in the championship is a remarkable achievement. Well done.

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