I hadn’t been to Cadwell Park since the late 80’s. The tight and twisty, hilly circuit made an impression back then. Watching the drivers haul the cars through sharp corners with steep drops and inclines made for exciting racing.
Returning this Summer was a great feeling, the track is great for spectating, I would imagine driving too. As the track winds its way either side of a valley, most of the spectator vantage points are higher than the track, giving a great view of the action, unhindered by safety fences.
I really enjoyed all of the racing, but my favourites were the Saloon Cars and the 70’s Sports Cars. The track perfectly suits the smaller historic racers and results in tight, bunched up racing as cars fight for the opportunity to overtake. The sharp drops and climbs are reminiscent of the fantastic mountain circuit in Australia, Bathurst. It was certainly hot enough that weekend!
In between races you can head off to the open paddocks to have a good nose around the cars and chat to the teams. One thing that has changed since my last visit all of those years ago is the cafe, great food and coffee, right beside the action. There are clear signs and maps of the area, all of the amenities were top notch, a great reflection on track manager Paul Woodford and his team.
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