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Both race bikes are sporting Delkevic Titanium 343mm X-Oval silencers
Delkevic Racing travelled to Cadwell Park for the penultimate round of the Thundersport GB series, with only 2 of their supported riders, Carl Vickers with his pre-injection Yamaha R6 and Liam Marchant piloting his Superstock Kawasaki ZX10RR.
As always, Cadwell proved to be eventful for the team riders. Read their race reports below...
Carl Vickers Race report
First out in qualifying for a change, despite it being sunny, the track had quite a few wet/damp sections. Most of which being after the hairpin in the trees. 2nd lap in and coming wide through the hairpin saw a rider on his out lap cut under me and crash it on his first lap right in front of me. Qualified 6th in class and 8th overall.
A good start saw me settle into 7th in class behind a regenerated Dave Langley on the Honda, with 3 Steel Sport guys battling it out in front. By the 5th lap having changed my gear shift position the adjustment jammed, making gear changes difficult. This opened the door for both Dan Jones and Neil Schofield to sail past, finishing in 9th place for some points.
Another good start, with the gear change gremlins lessened, I settled into 9th place chasing Ryan Garside ahead, this turned into 8th mid race when Dan Taylor had a nasty off just after the bus stop. In the penultimate lap braking hard into Park with a back marker sitting both Ryan and I up a little, Dan Jones took the opportunity to pop past us both and taking 6th place in front of Ryan and myself over the line by 0.1 over the line. A little disappointed with 7th place but making some progress on the number 2 bike.
A slight gear change was made overnight to try and match some of the ratios closer to what we had in the number 1 bike (always a compromise at Cadwell). The aim is to get better drive out of the hairpin and be able to reduce some gear changes. Perhaps a compromise too far with the number 2 bike, changes helped with the mountain and hairpin but lost drive in other places! Result 8th position and slower lap times, gearing changed back for next race.
Back with the gearing I know (comfy slippers), an ok start, giving the clutch a harder time this weekend on advice has been paying dividends. Got settled and was running a quite comfortable 8th place for most of the race, but slowly gaining on David Langley and Matty Whelan throughout the race. Then in the last lap I managed to overtake both through park and held until the finish line ‘just’. P6 after the weekend we have had! I’ll take that!
Overall it has been another challenging weekend, but I am happy with the points gained and am now looking forward to being back racing at Oulton Park for the final round of the season. I cannot thank everyone enough for their continued support throughout this season. Fuchs Lubricants UK for supplying all the products to ensure the bike is running at its best. Delkevic UK for all the Dyno time and support working on the engines and exhausts system. Helmet City Race Support for the great deals on kit. Scott Leathers for the great custom race leather. Blackbird Corporate Ltd for supporting me still after 5 years. Hel Performance for the brake lines to make sure I can stop when I need too. Jem race Composites for some of the carbon Fibre parts. Powered By Pops for all the race fuel. Colin Port Images for the team pictures and Thundersport GB for always putting on a fantastic race weekend. Last but certainly not least all the marshals without which we could not race.
Liam Marchant Race report
Qualifying was a strange one really having new tyres in I had a couple of steady laps to make sure the tyres were scrubbed nicely before pushing but with Emma doing a pit board for me seeing p17 on the 4th lap I knew I had to get my finger out and push a bit harder. Moving up to P5 then back to P9 and eventually ending up P7 which I was happy with as I was not fortunate enough to get a tow off of the faster riders.
Liam launching the ZX10RR over the mountain
Starting P7 I made the best start to date on the new bike. Exiting Charlie's 2 in 5th and tucking in behind Dave Brook for 2 laps and felt really comfortable before the race was eventually ruined by an unforced error at park corner on lap 3 which meant fighting for dear life holding the bike up and re-entering in 22nd position. I knew the race was over at this point and took the decision to save the tyres for race 2 rather than circulating mid pack. I was fortunate enough to have put a time of 32.5 in on lap 2 keeping me on P7.
Race 1 Sunday
Again getting another great start and up into P5 I made a silly error at Chris curve running slightly wide and allowing the ever present Brendan Mallinder to come through and Lee McGlaughin dropping me back to P7. I could see Brendan pulling a gap as I was getting frustrated behind Lee who was riding fantastic before eventually getting past him up coppice on lap 4. By this time Brendan had a good 3 to 4 second lead meaning it was going to be hard to pull it back as our lap times all weekend were with a few tenths of each other. By lap 9 I had pulled a good gap to the chasing pack and settled for 6th place which I was more than happy with in the field of riders.
Race 2 Sunday
Another great start dropping in behind Phil Crowe in P4 but that was short lived when Dave Brook powered past me dropping me to 5th. I settled in nicely for 2 laps trying to keep the front pack in my sights, knowing a good start to the race would give me and again the ever-present Brendan a good gap. On lap 3 Brendan snuck by down park straight as he doesn't carry as much timber as me, but he then missed a gear into the hairpin on the same lap allowing me back through on lap 6. He was there again dropping me back to 6th but I was not letting him get away applying pressure lap after lap until an unfortunate exhaust problem and my headers or collector split meaning I was losing a bit of power and he slowly started to creep away but I managed the race holding 6th but had some great racing again with a great bunch.
Big Thank you to the following Delkevic Racing, My Dad Dave Marchant, Lisa Foster Blackbird Corporate, Carl Vickers, Thundersport GB, Drury Engineering, Holbeach Tyres HMT, Colin port Images, I Learn Education, Emma for the pit board Rachel for the safe fist pumps Tony Wells and Steve Wells #8 Liam