TYCO BMW’s Christian Iddon took a brace of sixth place finishes as the Bennetts British Superbike championship made it’s annual visit to Cadwell Park over the weekend, leaving him still in with a shot at a Showdown place with one more round to go before the six-rider shootout begins.
It also saw the Stockport rider rack up his one-hundredth appearance in the series since moving to the domestic scene from World Superbikes in 2015.
Steady improvements throughout free practice saw Iddon climb from thirteenth in the opening outing, to seventh in the third and final session. On to qualifying, around the 2.2mile parkland track, and Christian, through to Q3, claimed seventh on the grid for race one, just seven-tenths of a second off the pole time of Bradley Ray [Suzuki].
Rain threatened the start of race one, but never came to anything. Climbing to sixth on the opening lap of the race, interrupted by a short safety-car period, Iddon briefly climbed to fifth on lap nine, settling for sixth a lap later, where he would continue to the flag – claiming eighth on the grid for race two.
In front of the bumper Lincolnshire crowd, a good start from Christian again saw him climb a place on the opening lap of his one-hundredth BSB encounter, and despite dropping back a lap later, the former Supermoto champion was back to seventh by lap six, finally claiming sixth by lap twelve, where he would continue to the flag.
Speaking to TYCO BMW afterwards, Iddon said;
Cadwell has been a fairly solid weekend, it’s never been one of my strongest circuits in the Superbike class despite really liking it.
I’m content with two sixth place finishes considering it is a very strong track for two of my main showdown rivals, so to walk away with 20 points and narrowing that showdown gap is not too bad – but ‘not too bad’ is not going to cut it!
Moving forward we have a good set-up for Silverstone and the Tyco BMW works very well there so I’m looking forward to it, it’s a circuit I really enjoy.
The BSB championship now moves on to Silverstone in Northamptonshire, famous for hosting the British Grand Prix, on both two-wheels and four, over the weekend of the 9-7 September.