- Johny Wills
Cadwell Review - 17-19 August 2018
Eugene McManus Junior completed another solid weekend at Cadwell Park with a brace of 6th place finishes in The Hel Performance British Motostar Championship.
The Wee Bull was back to his best looking relaxed, happy and enjoying his racing again. The team were delighted to see a return to form and Junior was happy with his performances;
"I'm really happy with the way I've ridden this weekend, the bike was great and If I hadn't got caught up in Chris Taylor's fall in race 2, I may have challenged the front runners and nicked a podium. It's Silverstone next and I'm already excited to get back out there in a fortnight's time"
Free Practice 1 and 2 gave the wee bull ample time to acclimatize to the twists and turns of this technical circuit and he finished both sessions inside the top 10, comfortably in touch with the early pace setters Jake Archer and Jack Scott. Ed Rendell had taken a fall in FP2, breaking his hand in the process which would rule him out of the weekend's races. McManus was satisfied with the sessions but knew he had more pace for Qualifying.
Qualifying on Saturday morning saw Championship leader Jake Archer take pole with McManus Junior heading up row 3 in 7th, despite putting in his quickest time of the weekend of 1:34.473.
This would normally be good enough for a front row slot but the top 3 had all improved again.
The Microlise Cresswell Racing Mahindra's of Asher Durham, Brandon Paasch and Chris Taylor were particularly impressive in this session otherwise McManus Junior could well have pinched P3 or P4 for Race 1.
Race 1, with an unusual split start between the moto3 GP bikes and the standard class machines, saw Jack Scott collect his third win of the season after a red flag brought an early finish on lap 9, after three standard class riders were involved in a collision, McManus Junior had battled hard to catch and pass Chris Taylor on one of the Mahindra's and was in pursuit of another when the race ended prematurely. A top 5 slot looked promising and McManus Junior would start in P6 for Race 2 on Sunday.
Race 2 - McManus Junior was back to his best, challenging at the sharp end and fighting for a top 5 finish which delighted Eugene Senior;
" This weekend has seen the kid get his spark back and that's great to see, we want Junior to enjoy his racing and he was on the pace all weekend. If we maintain this momentum then I'm sure we will see The Wee Bull back on a podium again soon"
Jake Archer took his eighth win of the season in race 2 to extend his Championship lead, Jack Scott finished second and Storm Stacey third, The Motostar paddock now heads to Silverstone in two weeks time ( 7-9th Sept )
Eugene and the team would like to thank all our sponsors and fans for their loyal support!
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