Just-Win Cadman

Pole Position First Time Out
Just-Win Cadman
Wheals On Fire
Cadman/Frost Take 4th Place in Grand Prix GT Support
Autumn Gold Cup Silverstone
The Coming Year
The 2001 Season
Bikes and Beetles for 2002

Justin Cadman, relishing his first taste of GT success

October 10 1998 - Just-Win Cadman

Works driver Justin Cadman won the final round of the BRDC Marcos Mantis Challenge event in emphatic style at Silverstone last Sunday. Victory was sweet for Cadman in what was only his second race of the year after qualifying second and finishing third in the penultimate round last month.

Cadman drove impressively in qualifying, securing pole position by almost a full second as modifications to the car proved successful. However, with no experience of the cars handling characteristics in wet conditions, the Cadini Motorsport team took the decision to leave the cars settings alone as the rain came down 20 minutes before Sunday's race start. As the pack sped off from the rolling start it was immediately obvious Cadman would have his work cut out as Nick Stavely took him at Copse on the first lap and Simon Jackson went through on lap 3 as Cadman struggled to find grip. Just when it seemed all Cadman could do was tease his awfully handling Mantis round and protect a podium finish, he settled into a rhythm and started to reel in Jackson with a driving display that wouldn't have been amiss in the following TVR Tuscan race.

Determination paid off as Cadman twitched and slid his way through to regain second place on Lap 6 only to concede the same place to Jackson again on Lap 7 as he diced with race leader Nick Stavely. The positions didn't last for long though as Cadman dug in and took Jackson straight back around the outside at Bridge. Running out of time, Cadman set himself up on Lap 9 and took a superb line into Copse gaining valuable momentum which allowed him to take Stavely for the lead going through Maggotts.

Jackson passed Stavely on the Lap 10 and closed quickly on Cadman whose car was now over steering very badly. They both stormed into Abbey side by side but it was to be Cadman's day as he held on to a well deserved victory. After the race a jubilant Cadman commented: "It's a great victory, especially considering the state of the car. We've only had two testing sessions and one race with the car and all have been in the dry - we just didn't know what would happen in the wet. Still, it's a great way to win a race!"