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Steve Plater looks forward to Cadwell Park celebrations

Tuesday, July 29 2014

Lincolnshire bike racer Steve Plater is looking forward to taking part in this Sunday's (3 August) Cadwell Park 80th Anniversary Celebration at his local circuit, which he says is "the nearest thing to riding a road circuit than anywhere in the world".

Plater, from nearby Woodhall Spa, was the 2009 British Supersport champion and has also won the Isle of Man Senior TT, North West 200, and rounds of the British Superbike Championship. He has special memories of Cadwell Park.

"It's just completely different," he said. "Of course it's quite narrow and daunting, as opposed to some of the European circuits, but that's why it's so unique and you have to be pin-point accurate through the Mountain and the woodland section to be fast lap in, lap out. The TT is faster, but it's the nearest thing you'll get to riding a road circuit than any other venue in the world."

"I was a big speedway and grass track fan as a school kid and I wasn't really into road racing as such," he recalls. "But I was aware of Cadwell Park as a very young man and probably the first time I went there was in the era of Roger Marshall (early 1980s). I returned in 91 to watch the British Superbike Championship in the era of Ron Haslam on the Nortons, Jamie Whitham and John Reynolds."

Steve's affinity for the venue grew when he started competing: "On March 13 1994 I had my first race meeting at Cadwell Park and I won a race. For me it was like winning a Grand Prix."

Steve has had many more wins at the venue, including at British Superbikes level, which provides him with his fondest memory: " I would probably say 2003 with Honda. I should have won both races but the chain came off over the Mountain in the first race, but that's racing."

As a Lincolnshire resident, Steve is aware of the impact that Cadwell Park has on the area, especially when the MCE British Superbike Championship is in town: "It's the biggest event of the year for the circuit and BSB. It always drums up atmosphere and a massive amount of revenue and help for businesses in the area. The place is buzzing, everywhere is busy and whether it's hotels, campsites or pubs, bars or restaurants, everywhere is kicking for that whole event."

Plater is also happy that the local fans still come out to see him, despite his retiring from racing four years ago: "For me to even go for a test a couple of weeks ago just to run the bikes in for a couple of hours - the weather was nice but there were so many people up there. It hadn't been advertised, it was purely social media, but it was so busy for just a couple of hours' testing, it was incredible. So hopefully that'll knock on to this weekend."

Tickets for the Cadwell Park 80th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday 3 August are available in advance for £14, or £24 including camping (please note that camping tickets are not available on the gate). For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.