RBRacing/Labman Cadwell Park 26th/27th May “King of the Mountain”    

RBRacing/Labman Cadwell Park 26th/27th May “King of the Mountain”

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The team headed towards Louth on Saturday afternoon hoping for warm weather and exciting racing. The weekend didn’t disappoint on both counts!

After settling in Saturday night, Sunday arrived sunny and warm for a change with qualifying fast and furious. First time for Gerry at this very difficult (but very exciting and technical track) with both riders scrubbing new rear tyres, saw him struggling with lines and gears, qualifying down the grid but optimistic things would improve in the races. Circuit specialist Richy also found it tricky with optimum gear selection for the bumpy and twisting track. Against those odds however, he had another good qualification in 7th place from an oversubscribed grid of 38 riders.

Race one came and went in a blur, with Gerry improving on his qualifying time and having a good dice with other “rookies”. Finishing 31st was not as good as expected but had a lot of fun! Richy finishing 6th behind some top national riders and relishing the marvellous circuit that is Cadwell Park.

After chain adjustments, tyre checks and fuel top ups the riders were soon back on the grid for their second outing of the day. This saw another 6th place for Richy with Gerry still improving lap times but unfortunately not race position! Both riders by now though had settled on gearing and lines so Mondays racing was something to look forward to!


Richy over the top of the “mountain”

Race 3 for the team on Monday saw another fast and furious race in sunny and warm conditions again. Richy really pushing it this time (think it was for the telly really) saw him up into 4th place having a great dice and the prospect of a podium? At the sharp end of a race where bike performance and handling are all very similar, with riders on the very limit,  crashes can be expected occasionally and unfortunately Richy went down at the second last corner of the last lap with the front wheel “washing out” under heavy braking while well cranked over. No harm done except some hurt pride  and bent handlebars!  Gerry finishing in 28th place with lap times now regularly under 2 mins was improving all the time.

Final race of the day was one that both riders wanted to safely finish and get some sound points. Turned out to be the hottest race of them all (in both senses) with great dices from both riders from lights to flag. Gerry was enjoying a great race with fellow “Senior” rider Richard Sanders for 25th place with Gerry just losing out on the final lap. Another race of attrition with riders falling due probably to overheating tyres but with a controlled and “aggressive” race from Richy, seeing another very commendable 6th place! Safely home with good points – target achieved!


The finish of another hard race!

The team rolled home late Monday night very satisfied overall with the weekend’s work, Gerry now lying 8th in the Seniors Championship with Richy 9th in the overall Thundersport 500 Championship.

Watch Mondays racing soon on Motors TV with Sky and on the ThundersportGB “i player” soon after. If you have not seen road racing before, Cadwell Park is the one to watch!

Unfortunately the team cannot make the next round at Oulton Park but hope to be at Rockingham Raceway in Northamptonshire at the end of July. Bring it on!

Gerry and Richy and the rest of RBRacing/Labman team

(Thanks again to Jan, Sarah, Ally and Jo for their work and support over the weekend)


  • By richy johnson 24 Jun 2013

    Great weekend for and some great racing for our “home” race. Think we both need to go on diet to get nearer the podium! Thanks for labmans support once again. Were the “unofficial” top team in the championship and were starting to get some good team mentions on the TV coverage if you check it out on YouTube! Top OAP dad even got asked for his autograph at the end of the last race he is that now!

    Richy #156

  • By Giuseppe Barbacane 25 Jun 2013

    So here we are … Cadwell Park, what a tough but fulfilling and exciting race track. Where do I begin!! Firstly let me start by saying that both Gerry and Richard pushed hard to improve on this demanding circuit, despite not being able to tweak the bikes on gearing/setup. Richard made it an amazing 4th position, passing riders on the Goose neck, bottom of the mountain and the final corner of the start/finish, but as the red mist descended, unfortunately the front washed away and we didn’t score points in this race. Despite that, you have to be on the limit and Richard is excellent at finding those limits, just on the rare occasion, he seems to cross the line and bin it!! Looking like a new pair of boots are required as the front edge is now chamfered off. Gerry too had a great weekend, he was determined to break the 2 min lap time he had set in previous races, it was a magnificent effort as he did indeed smash his 2 minute marker in this weekend, thus moving him up the starting order on the grid, we were very proud of his determination, especially if you would have seen him prior to the races in the love machine (the caravan). RBR had suffered a slight mechanical issue with bike 157, Gerry complained about the way in which the bike lost speed under breaking, or lack of. After inspecting the pads in-between races, it became apparent to even myself; who isn’t mechanically minded; these pads had nothing to assist the requirement to decrease speed on these speed machines… Metal on metal sprung to mind!! Richy is in 9th position (unfamiliar territory) usually banging elbows with the top 1 or 2 riders; and Gerry is in 8th in the senior class, although I think they should have a “Senior/Senior” class for you Gez, at 75; you’re doing exceptionally well!! As for making the bikes go faster, well a diet is not on the cards Richy, I think we need to look at the amount of fuel in the bikes, more weight = less speed!!! After all, you are both engineers, so lets have this sorted and the calculations finalised for the next race!! How would I sum up the meeting at Cadwell, well, it was a great weekend for the RBR and Labman race team, remember … Small steps lead to big steps guys. Roll on the next race weekend. Regards, Giuseppe

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