Jason O’Halloran set for Cadwell Park BSB
Nestled into the Lincolnshire countryside is Cadwell Park, host to the eighth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this weekend (17-19 August), local lads Jason O’Halloran and Tom Neave will be looking for strong results.
Cadwell is very much a home round for the whole team, with Honda Racing based in Louth, just seven miles up the road from the technical and challenging 2.2-mile circuit, which is famous for the ‘Mountain’.
Last time out O’Halloran bolstered his championship points as he launched back into the fight aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. Robbed of a podium in race one, ‘The O’Show’ left Thruxton with two sixth place finishes and his biggest points haul since breaking his ankle in May.
Cadwell is the penultimate round before the Showdown-six are decided and, with 25 points separating him from sixth place, points are crucial this weekend.
Jason O’Halloran saying, “Thruxton overall was good for us and it showed the progress since the injury, but Cadwell Park is still a bit of an unknown given how physical it is, especially with the Mountain. I had a little spin there the other evening to test the ankle and we seemed OK, so we just need to take the weekend how it comes and see how we get on. The aim previously has always been podiums or wins, or at least a top-five and with the Showdown getting closer, we need to do everything to score the best we can.
“At Thruxton we proved that I haven’t lost the speed, it was just that the injury had been making it difficult and if you look at race one I was third into the Chicane and fighting with the lead group; I was pushed wide which cost me the podium. That shows what a massive step forward it has been since Brands Hatch just two weeks’ ago, so I am happy with the injury progress although you always want it to be faster! The team has been working really hard so we are going to be fighting back as hard as we can this weekend.”
Feeling at home at his local circuit, O’Halloran’s teammate Neave is looking forward to getting going this weekend after a mixed round at Thruxton. Showing good pace throughout practice and qualifying, Neave’s races ended earlier than he’d hoped after crashing out unhurt from both. But with Cadwell calling, a circuit he knows well, the 23-year old is looking forward to being reunited with the Fireblade.