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Hoy ready for Cadwell Park’s “great track”

Sunday, August 25 2013

Halfway through the debut Radical SR1 Cup season, this weekend heralds the first trip to the popular Cadwell Park for many of the SR1 competitors. One who's already familiarised himself with the Lincolnshire track is Sir Chris Hoy, who is due a win after some hard-luck performances at previous rounds.

The Scot has tested twice at Cadwell Park, and the weather has been typically British. His second test was in the middle of July's heatwave, giving him a better feel for the tricky circuit and showed him why the track is so favoured by drivers.

"I've been here in the pouring rain which is obviously a bit different to today's conditions. It's amazing how the track can transform when there's standing water and you can't even go flat on the straights to the tyres overheating and it's blue skies.

"It's a great track, it really is a lot of fun. That's one of the best things about this series, the contrast. You go from Bedford to start off with for timed laps to Brands Hatch and the undulating circuit to Oulton Park which is long and here it's even closer and even tighter. It's great to see the different characters of track we have here [in the UK]."

The Olympian left the day's testing pleased with his pace, and after qualifying third at round two at Oulton Park despite only posting a couple of flying lap times, he's hoping for a similar performance again this weekend.

"I think qualifying is going to be crucial really, obviously it's always crucial but it's especially important here. Again I have no idea [how it will go], I think I was about a second or a second and a half off one of the instructors here today so I was quite happy with that. Again the times and conditions changed as the day went on and the tyre got a bit slower as it got hotter but it's been a good day.

"You've got to give it full beans every time you go out. Go fast or go home."

Hoy's been in the leading pack all season with three fifth place finishes but his results haven't told the whole story. He was as high as second at Brands Hatch Indy before slipping back and he's fallen victim to contact and the odd spin that have forced him to charge back through the field. If he can stay out of trouble at Cadwell Park, he could well be the one to challenge championship leader Colin Noble Jnr.

The Cadwell Park round is the third of this four round debut season for the SR1 Cup, and Colin Noble JNR has won each of this year's races. This eventual winner will win a drive at the opening round of the 2014 Radical Clubman's Cup round in a Works SR3 RS.

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Photo credit Simon Hildrew