The Quattro Plant Kawasaki team resumed their MCE British Superbike Championship campaign at Cadwell Park at the weekend and Chris Walker was in excellent form throughout around the demanding Lincolnshire venue, recording a brace of sixth place finishes to maintain his hopes of reaching the final three-round Showdown.
Having qualified in a strong tenth place, the Nottinghamshire ace moved up to seventh by the end of the first lap of the opening race and here he remained until lap 14 when James Ellison came off at the bottom of the Mountain, promoting him up to sixth place. With PJ Jacobsen ahead of him and Ryuichi Kiyonari behind, only 1.3s covered the trio at the end of the 18-lap race and Chris crossed the line in an excellent, and deserved, sixth place.
With a few suspension changes made for race two, Chris started from eighth on the grid and jumped up a spot on the first lap to hold onto seventh place with little to choose between the leading riders. The narrow circuit again made overtaking tricky and Chris remained in seventh right up until the final lap when race leader Josh Brookes crashed out at Mansfield. The 20-point haul means Chris is now in 9th overall in the Championship and 29 points behind sixth placed Jon Kirkham.
Team-mate Barry Burrell also enjoyed a good meeting with the Bishop Auckland rider getting more used to both the team and the Kawasaki ZX-10R in his second outing with the squad. His efforts were rewarded with two 14th place finishes and 4 Championship points. Final team member Kyle Wilks was also looking good for some points in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship but unfortunately crashed out on the ninth lap.
Pete Extance, Team Manager: “Cadwell Park was a great weekend for Quattro Plant Kawasaki with Chris putting in two fantastic rides to secure sixth place in each BSB race. He was again superb throughout the weekend and thoroughly deserved the top six positions in both races. Barry was having just his second outing with the team and improved all weekend, putting in two solid rides to claim some good points and ensure both bikes were firmly in the points. Kyle enjoyed a mixed weekend with a superb win in the CJ Memorial charity bicycle race followed by an unfortunate crash in the Superstock 1000cc race whilst moving his way through the field.”
“Overall though, it’s been a great weekend and we’re looking forward now to the final four rounds where we hope to have both bikes in the top ten positions.”
The next round of the series takes place at Donington Park, Leicestershire on September 6-8.
Pictures by Tim Keeton – Impact Images