Cadwell Park

Address

Cadwell Park Circuit, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 9SE

History

Located in the Lincolnshire Wolds, Cadwell Park was established in 1934 by Mr Mansfield Wilkinson of Louth with the original circuit consisting of gravel-drives of the country estate and measuring just 3/4 miles. Tarmac and concrete were added in 1938 with widening and lengthening in 1953, growing to its current length of 2.25 miles in 1962. Sited on former parkland across a steep-sided valley with dips and crests, the circuit features sharp changes in gradient, including one section called The Mountain where bikes can become airborne by up to several feet. Its mix of challenging corners has led to being nicknamed a Mini-Nurburgring.

Cadwell Park in action… 

A Lap of Cadwell Park – with Glen Richards (2.180 miles)

You exit Barn Corner in second gear (80mph) and head towards the start and finish line, which you cross in fourth, before hitting fifth (160mph) as you edge across to the right of the circuit in order to line up Coppice. It’s back down to fourth (140mph) as you sweep round and then you drop back to third (90mph) for the double apex right of Charlie’s. The exit is really important as if you get it wrong you’re going to lose a lot of time along Park Straight.

You drive hard out of Charlie’s, all the way up to sixth (180mph) along the straight, Cadwell Parkmoving across to the right as you hit the bottom of the drop. This helps to keep the bike under control before you move back across to the left to line up the entry into Park Corner.

It’s down to second gear (70mph) for the right-hander before short shifting through to third for the long right of Chris Curve. Then, again short-shift to fourth (130mph) for the right-left flick of the Gooseneck, before dropping into third (90mph) just as you peel in.

After the Gooseneck, it’s the steep downhill drop towards Mansfield where it’s hard on the brakes and back down to second (70mph). The corner tightens up on you as you exit and then you accelerate hard towards the chicane. I go through the right-left, in first gear, as smoothly as possible before accelerating hard to the Mountain section, holding second gear all the way.

I keep the power on for the uphill, heavily cambered left corner at the bottom of the Mountain before easing back on the throttle slightly as I change direction for the right in the middle. It’s easy to tuck the front here and then it’s up and over the Mountain, still in second, making sure that you have the jump lined up properly.

I stay in second for the right-left-right of Hall Bends where I tend to go over the kerbs on the entry to straight line the corners. Then it’s back down to first (40mph) and hard on the brakes for the right hand Hairpin, the slowest part of the circuit.

I’m then back up to second along the short straight before dropping into the final corner, Barn, which can be really greasy if it’s damp as it takes longer to dry out due to all the trees overhead. Then it’s back on the power and the run towards the line.

Current Lap Records

Outright/Superbike: Leon Haslam (1000 Kawasaki) – 1m26.590s – 90.63mph – 29/08/16

Supersport: Luke Stapelford (675 Triumph) – 1m28.746s – 88.43mph – 23/08.15

Superstock 1000: Danny Buchan (1000 Kawasaki) – 1m28.203s – 88.97mph – 25/08/14

Superstock 600: Chrissy Rouse (675 Triumph) – 1m31.235s – 86.02mph – 23/08/15

Moto 3/125cc: james Westmoreland (125 Honda) – 1m32.945s – 84.43mph – 29/08/05

Ducati Cup: Rob Guiver (899 Ducati) – 1m32.214s – 85.10mph – 23/08/15

KTM Cup: Chris Taylor (390 KTM) – 1m44.794s – 74.89mph – 23/08/15

Is Cadwell the best UK circuit? Take your vote now! 

Words by Phil Wain.