Hickman’s home win at Cadwell Park is ‘unbelievable’

Shakey Byrne, Peter Hickman and Tommy Bridewell. Photo credit: Dave Yeomans.
Shakey Byrne, Peter Hickman and Tommy Bridewell. Photo credit: Dave Yeomans.

After an action-packed three days at Cadwell Park, Louth rider Peter Hickman gave his fans a treat when he came out with a win on his home track.

Following two days of good track weather on Saturday and Sunday, the heavens finally opened for race day on Monday with gave the riders difficult racing conditions which resulted in a number of them coming off the track.

Sunday’s qualifying made for interesting watching as Shane “Shakey” Byrne smashed the Cadwell Park lap record with a time of 1m:26.017s.

But spectators got to see some exciting race action after our own Peter Hickman raced down the home straight to take the win in the second main race of the day after making it through to victory in some difficult wet conditions after taking a sixth place position in his first race.

Riding the RAF Reserves Honda Fireblade, Hicky had been running within the top six throughout free practice and qualifying and was feeling confident of a couple of strong results at his home track; but never in his wildest dreams did he think he would actually take the win this weekend.

The weather conditions deteriorated throughout the afternoon and when the second race was set to start, the rain was steadily falling and the track was soaked, making tyre choice very easy - wets all round.

As the lights went out Hicky got a fantastic start and took the lead at the first corner.

On lap six Shakey began to narrow the gap but Hicky was having none of it and maintained his speed, eventually pulling away to extend his lead to over two seconds.

On the final lap he increased his lead and crossed the finish line to take the win with a 3.3 second advantage over Byrne, with Bridewell finishing some 12 seconds further back in third place.

Hickman was over the moon with his results and said: “Unbelievable, I couldn’t have picked a better place to do it than my home track.

“This second race was awesome. I got a good start and hit the front and knew I had to get stuck in to maintain the lead. The bike was just unbelievable; I got a bit excited at Park and had a bit of a slide but after that it was all plain sailing.

“I have to thank my team for all their hard work, the sponsors and also everyone who has helped me this year. This win makes it so worthwhile.”

Team manager Lee Hardy added: “A huge congratulations to Hicky and the whole team for giving us our first win in the British Superbike championship. All the hard work has finally paid off.”

The next round will be at Donington Park on September