Warr's rider Jeremy McWilliams put in a faultless performance at Cadwell Park this afternoon to take victory in the final race of the season. The win, Jeremy’s second of the day and fifth of the season, took his final points tally at the top of the table to 165 and confirms his title as Champion of the Henderson Harley-Davidson® XR1200® Trophy. Mike Edwards made up for a disappointing DNF earlier in the day to finish 2nd, with James Webb finishing 3rd.
At the start of the ten lap race, it was a four-way battle for the lead in the run-up to the first corner, with Webb just edging in front. On the second lap, going through on the inside at Park, McWilliams went from 3rd up into the lead in just one move. A race-long battle between Edwards, Webb and Alex Gault ensued, allowing McWilliams to build a gap up front. Edwards managed to survive a close coming together with Webb on lap 3, and a near high-side on the top of the Moutain a couple of laps later to finish in 2nd behind McWilliams. It was then left to Webb and Gault to fight it out for the final podium spot with Webb taking the advantage on the finishing line.
Clearly delighted with his weekend’s performance, McWilliams said, “Another win is just brilliant; I really enjoyed the race this afternoon. The pace was red hot throughout. If I ever made a tiny mistake, I could see on my pit board that the guys behind had caught me so I couldn’t lose focus for a moment." he continued;
“Warr’s Racing has been super all year and as dedicated as any team I have ever ridden for. The Warr's technicians are absolutely the best and have built me the ultimate reliable and fast race bike. I want to say thank you to them and of course to crew chief Martin (Szlagowski) for all their hard work and support."
Jeremy's teammate, Canadian Superbike rider Darren James also had an excellent weekend and managed to build on his points tally and end the season in 4th position in the Championships, which considering his previous lack of UK track knowledge is an incredible achievement. Darren said "I absolutely love this track (Cadwell) and I could see my times improving throughout the weekend. The Warr's XR has been absolutely perfect all season and I can't thank the team enough!"
And lastly, team owner John Warr said "It's fantastic that we have managed to make history by becoming Champions two years running. The amount of effort and skill required to keep a team together and performing faultlessly all season long is incredible. Well done to Martin and his crew and of course to Darren and the maestro himself Jeremy McWilliams. Watching Jeremy, undoubtedly one of the best ever riders this country has produced riding and winning on Warr's Harleys has been a privilege and an honour."
Round 1 1-3 May Oulton Park, Cheshire. Result; McWilliams 1st, James 9th
Round 2 25-27 June Mallory Park, Leicestershire. Result; McWilliams 2nd, James 7th
Round 3 & 4 2-4 July Knockhill, Scotland (Double header). Result; McWilliams on pole, race cancelled
Round 5 6-8 August Brands Hatch GP circuit. Result; McWilliams 1st, 1st, James 6th and 7th
Round 6 & 7 28-30 August Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire (Triple header). Result; McWilliams 2nd, 1st, 1st. James 6th, 5th, 6th.
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