Cowton happy with early progress

Picture by Paul Deighton
Picture by Paul Deighton

Local road racer James Cowton has satisfied with his start to the 2016 season, after a ‘solid’ first outing of the year.

The Kilham rider travelled to Lincolnshire at the weekend, to take part in the Auto 66 Club’s two-day Northern Clubman’s Championship round at Cadwell Park.

Picture by Paul Deighton

Picture by Paul Deighton

After a long winter break, during which time he signed a new sponsorship deal with Isle of Man-based Radcliffe Butchers, Cowton got back on the bike and pitted his wits against a strong field.

Although he headed south aiming to compete, he was also using the event as a chance to carry out a lot of testing for the new machinery and getting his bikes set up before the first big meeting of the year.

That will be the Spring Cup and Bob Smith Road Races at the Oliver’s Mount Circuit in Scarborough next month.

This season, Cowton is onboard the Racing by Radcliffes Honda CBR 600 and BMW S1000 bikes.

Last Saturday was spent setting up both bikes before racing began at 11:30am.

Cowton seemed happy with both bikes and ended up getting two second places on the Honda CBR 600 and an eighth on the BMW S1000 against some stiff opposition.

Before Sunday’s racing got underway, he said: “We had a good solid day yesterday with good track time and results.

“We are more than happy with the progress we have made with both bikes but unfortunately we had a slight issue with the Honda CBR 600 so we will be only out on the BMW S1000 today.”

Cowton, who finished top of the Duke Road Racing rankings in 2014, had two races throughout the day, starting from sixth on the grid.

He consolidated his performance from day one by collecting a second and third on the BMW S1000 to give him a good platform to work from during 2016.