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Junior SuperSport rider Finn Smart-Weeden makes Cadwell Park's twists and turns work in his favour

Teenager Finn Smart-Weeden was left satisfied with his weekend’s work at Cadwell Park.

Racing in the BMCRC MRO Championship on his 48hp Junior SuperSport Kawasaki Ninja400 against the higher-powered Formula400 class and alongside 250cc 2 stroke machines, all bikes in the race had at least 25bhp more than the Junior SuperSport specification bikes.

Faversham pupil Finn Smart-Weeden approaches the Mountain at Cadwell Park. Picture: Oscar Holborough
Faversham pupil Finn Smart-Weeden approaches the Mountain at Cadwell Park. Picture: Oscar Holborough

But 15-year-old Smart-Weeden, who attends Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Faversham, felt his superior cornering ability gave him a good chance on the technical twisty and mountainous track.

Qualifying third, the Painters Forstal resident finished second overall and highest-placed in the Formula400 class after an exciting first race which was red-flagged in the sixth lap of seven.

His fastest lap time dropped him back to sixth for race two later on Saturday where a 10-second jump start penalty saw Smart-Weeden finish fifth, although he was dropped to ninth in the amended results.

Sunday was much windier but still warm and sunny.

He lined up sixth again on the grid for Sunday’s first race which this time was unsullied by penalties. He constantly swapped places with the other Junior SuperSport rider, leading in the last lap, before he eventually finished fifth in the race and fourth in the Formula400 class.

Sunday’s second race was delayed significantly due to an earlier race red flag startline incident and reduced to five laps, so given the long drive back, Smart-Weeden decided to miss the race and head home instead.

He said: “I love Cadwell and it was a great weekend, I beat two BSB race winners which I’m really happy with.”

Smart-Weeden will return to Cadwell Park in two weeks’ time to continue defending his NG Junior SuperSport title before round three of the British Junior SuperSport Championship at Donington on July 15-16.

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