Ben Squire defies the odds at Cadwell Park
PUBLISHED: 16:37 18 August 2016
Watton racer Ben Squire was expecting little from his trip to Cadwell.
After missing Silverstone to welcome new baby Zach into the world and being off a bike for six weeks it was perhaps not unexpected – especially as the few track days he has previously done at Cadwell have resulted in crashes or bike problems.
However, Squire and his team could not have been more wrong in their No Limits Series weekend.
They headed down on Thursday night for the test day on Friday and the times were good, but they all knew they were still off race pace and Squire still felt a bit rusty.
Saturday morning came and the weather was really good – which was a promising start to the day.
Out for qualifying first thing and Squire came in sixth, for a place on the second row of the grid.
The first race went even better, as Squire managed to hold on to the front runners and get his first podium finish, after coming home third.
“To say we were happy is an understatement,” he said. “It was a total confidence boost. We were delighted to go the presentation evening to collect our first ever trophy on Saturday evening.”
The second race was even more promising, as Squire started seventh on the grid from his lap times in the previous race and went straight through to second position. He held on to the back of the leader until the third from last lap when the leader ran wide in a corner and Squire went to take the lead. However, the leader cut back across, leaving Squire with nowhere to go... a small slide into the barrier and a DNF followed.
“Fortunately there was minimal damage to the bike and a few hours later we were ready to go again for the third race,” he added. “And thanks to everyone who helped us with the repairs.”
For the third race Squire started from third on the grid and again it was another really good race as he pulled away with the front runners, crossing the line just 0.059 seconds behind second place.
The last race of the weekend was another good race and Squire kept his full season of top-10 consistency and came home with fifth. After missing Silverstone, it put Squire has gone from fifth in the championship to seventh – but now only eight from fifth position.