THE Colne-based Team Colin Appleyard/Macadam Racing enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, recording four rostrum places in the sunshine at Brands Hatch.
The weather brought out a huge 35,000 Easter weekend crowd, and it brought out the best from the team’s three riders.
The long weekend gave the lads extra practice time and they took full advantage, working hard to get the bikes set up for the action packed, high Speed Brands Indy track.
It wasn’t all plain sailing though for Supersport 600 rider Jack Kennedy, who has two races each meeting for 2011. In final qualifying he struggled to get the softer compound 0 tyre to work well and ended up a disappointing ninth and importantly only on the third row. He then crashed at the high speed Paddock Hill in the Sunday morning warm up session. Thankfully he was okay but his bike was a mess.
Step up the back room boys Will and Dave who, along with the rest of the crew, put in a superhuman effort to completely rebuild the bike in just four hours.
The bike was finished just 10 minutes before the start of the first Supersport race.
Despite his 120mph “get off” just hours earlier, Jack set a fantastic pace, climbing to a well deserved third place. During the race Jack also put in the second fastest lap, securing him a second place start on the grid for the second race.
Having stepped up to Junior 600 Superstock, Deane Brown proved his pre season outing as a wild card entry in the World Superbike Championship meeting at Donington Park last month was an ideal warm up. He set a brilliant pace during practice to qualify on pole. In Monday’s race he led for a while before being caught by the pack. However, he used his experience to cross the line in third place.
Newcomer to the team, 125cc rider, Ryan Watson is only 13 but proving he has a big future in the sport. Having qualified in fifth, he got off to a superb start and was quickly up to second. Unfortunately a mass pile up on the first lap meant a return to the grid. But the young Scot again made a great start in the shortened re-run and was up to second before slowly dropping back. As the race progressed his rivals started to drop out or break down and in the end he finished second.
The final race of the weekend was Jack’s second. He opted to race on the harder SC1 tyre and this proved to be a wise decision as he was just pipped for first place.