Ridealgh returns, and scoops a win

Chris Ridealgh.
Chris Ridealgh.

After a 12-year break from racing, Chris Ridealgh made a return to the track at Cadwell Park in round four of the Thundersport UK 500 Cup.

He recorded a win, plus third, fourth and fifth place finishes in his four races.

The 27-year-old, who lives in Sleaford, was previously a British Mini Bike champion in 1999.

After being given the opportunity to ride the Lucas/RP Motorsport CB500 he grabbed the offer with both hands, qualifying in second place within a full grid of 40 riders.

Despite a poor start In his first race, Chris narrowly missed out on a podium finish, recording a creditable fourth place and looking promising for the rest of the weekend’s races.

Once again, Chris was slow off the line at the start but rode well in the second race and made it onto the first step of the podium with a strong third place and was feeling much more confident.

On Sunday morning the heavens opened, but luckily M&A Tyres/A2B from Sleaford had supplied Chris with a special wet weather tyre which was used to its best advantage as Chris was running in second place on the penultimate lap.

Deciding it was time to move forward he made a last lap dash and secured the win by 0.06 secs from Glen Stewart.

By the time race four took to the grid the time away from the track was beginning to take its toll on the Lincolnshire rider and he made a few mistakes during the seven lap race but he remained positive and brought the bike home in fifth position.

“I am pleased with my results but realise I have to get some practice in to improve my race starts,” Chris said.

“I am unable to race in the next round but will be at Rockingham at the end of July.”