PS Superstock: Cadwell
After a series of strong podiums Chris White nails three wins at Croft to storm into title contention
New winner (on a VFR) in the increasingly frantic Practical Sportsbikes CRMC series
AHAT TRICK OF wins, two by comfortable margins by the standards of this closely fought series, brought the leadingvfr rider Chriswhite maximum points. But it could have been a very different story.
“The bike stuttered a little after eight laps of practice, then stopped and refused to start,” said Chris. “We checked the ignition senders and only one of the two was working, so we whipped the cover off and the insides looked like a broken clock.the quietening gear on the crank had let go and taken everything with it – gears and springs everywhere.
“As luck would have it I bought a £250 bike for spares two weeks ago, so I did a six-hour round trip home to get it while
mechanictony cleaned the shrapnel out of the race bike engine.we finished it 30 minutes before Saturday morning practice.”
Derek Cripps and Liam Mccarter led race one from the off but Chris soon made it past them both. “This was my first time leading a race for four years and I still wasn’t sure which way the track went,” he said. “I got my head down for two laps waiting for the inevitable challenge, then halfway through the third lap the race was red-flagged when someone went down at the hairpin and was in no rush to get up.”
With more than half the five-lap race distance completed the race was declared for Chris.andy Bailey (Suzuki GSX-R750), who’d gone down, was largely OK save from some busted ribs. Get well soon,andy.
“All makes are capable of winning. It’s been Danny on his Yamaha, Liam on his Suzuki, and now a Honda win”
Race two went to the on-formwhite from Derek Cripps by just 0.2 seconds. “I was right on Chris’s tail the whole race but just couldn’t manage a pass,” said Cripps. Liam Mccarter crashed at the hairpin and was OK to start race three after a swift body-panel refit. “I wasn’t going to give the lead up,” said Chris. “I used defensive lines that were slower but forced Derek to make any passes on the outside.”
Race three was a seven-lapper in hot conditions andwhite made the holeshot. Exiting the hairpin he had a major out of the seat moment but settled down to push hard enough to take the win by five seconds from Derek Cripps with Liam Mccarter third and Gordon Russell fourth. Just half a second covered that trio. Close racing with another winner, finally on AVFR750. Steve Panter, alsovfr-mounted, grabbed a couple of fifth places too.
“It’s great that all makes are capable of winning,” said Chris. “It’s been Danny on his Yamaha, Liam on the Suzuki, and now a Honda win.they all have different characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. But importantly they’re all pretty much the same in a straight line, making things interesting to watch.and it avoids the thing becoming a one-make series.”
All the action from the next round at Donington Park in the October issue.
It’s been a while coming, but the VFR’S a winner
Cripps (29), White (13) and Mccarter (28). Tight
Liam Mccarter is still well in the title hunt
Colin Mooney on his tidy FZ Yam
Steve Panter’s neat VFR