Hicky and the FHO team were looking forward to their Cadwell Park ‘Party in the Park’ home round after its absence in 2020.
Friday saw Hicky have another strong FP1 finishing in P1 with a 1:26.623 and FP2 leaving himself 3rd overall, again, straight into the Superpicks Q2 session with a 1:26.331 overall, which was under the lap record.
On Saturday, qualifying was brought forward due to the weather closing in and Hicky looked set for a P2 when O’Halloran once again beat him to it with 50 seconds left on the clock, but Hickman secured another front row start for the team at their home round on the M 1000 RR BMW.
Race One – 14 laps
A great start from Hickman and the leading trio. O’Halloran made the jump to the front followed closely by Irwin and Hicky in 3rd. Irwin came through to take the lead back by the time they had completed lap 1.
Irwin started to try and get a gap on the pursuing duo and as they stayed together, tight and fast around the Lincolnshire circuit. On lap 4 Peter made a great move on O’Halloran and moved up into 2nd place.
This was a fast lap, it was the new lap record for Cadwell Park, 1m:26.350s.
By lap 7, Hicky was chasing Irwin down and Glenn made a mistake running slightly wide at the hairpin, needing no invitation, Hicky took advantage and the lead.
Hickman went on to put together a series of fast laps, before taking time to check behind him as he came out of the last corner to pull a wheelie along the straight and take the chequered flag by +2.080s.
Race Two – 18 Laps
O’Halloran again got away well closely followed by Hickman. Iddon and Jackson looking strong behind.
Iddon crashed out and Lee Jackson moved up into 3rd behind Hicky on lap 4.
It wasn’t until lap 9 that Hicky managed to take O’Halloran, again into Mansfield, up into P1.
Trying to break away, Hickman started to edge advantage over the chasing pack as he had the day before.
But O’Halloran started to reel Hicky back in over the last 3 laps and was piling on the pressure. No look behind this time, head down and Hicky stayed firm and took the chequered flag from O’Halloran by +0.155s. A first double race win for Hicky in his BSB career!
Race Three – 18 Laps
Starting from P5, Hicky needed a good run to the first corner. Bridewell made a bad getaway giving O’Halloran, Irwin and Hicky a gap to punch through. Hicky made a great start and was up to 3rd.
On lap 3, Hicky moved up into 2nd place and again chasing down Irwin. Two laps later Hickman takes Irwin at Mansfield. Now up into the lead with O’Halloran coming through to 2nd spot. Lap 10 the front 3 riders, Hicky, O’Show and Bridewell break away from the pack and build a 2-second advantage.
Hickman, looked smooth, especially through the woodland section, held onto a 0.5 advantage over several laps. O’Halloran wasn’t giving up, the gap closing to 0.3 then 0.2 from the closing couple of laps.
The pressure was on and starting the last lap and Hickman had a huge slide coming through Coppice! How he stayed on was a miracle. O’Halloran took full advantage and after 12 laps in the lead, Hickman was down to 2nd and finished +0.203s behind O’Halloran.
Another lap record, two wins and second place gave Hicky the ‘Milwaukee King of the Mountain’ trophy and up to 5th in the championship, 5 points behind 4th.
“It is mega feeling to win! We have had a bad run of luck and that first race was perfect. I knew I had the pace as the FHO Racing BMW has been fantastic.
It was pretty much a perfect race in the end. I saw Jason and Glenn making some moves to start with but I felt I had more pace than they did, so I just settled in at the start. I managed to pull a clean move on Jason at Mansfield, which is always tricky there! I then needed to get Glenn and fortunately, he made a mistake, so I was able to take advantage at the hairpin and that gave me what I needed.
This is such a tough track, so it feels even better to win! I had to keep my concentration and not make any mistakes, so to be leading until the chequered flag felt like an eternity.
I am so happy for Faye, and to get our first win here for the team at their home round, was great. It is only our first season, and with local fans all the way around the circuit, it made it even more special. It was an awesome first race day.
Race two was certainly a harder race than yesterday, although it is never easy around Cadwell Park! I was watching my pit board and then I had a little bit of arm pump, but I saw Jason was getting closer and I could hear him!
I knew I had to be a bit more defensive, but not compromise my speed. I got away with it towards the end but it was fantastic to make it a double.
Regarding race three, to say I am disappointed to have not made it a hat trick would be an understatement, but it was my only mistake all weekend. It cost me the race, so that was frustrating but I am pleased I was able to save it, as the rear came right around at 120-140mph! That gave Jason the chance and I thought about having a lunge back, but I just wasn’t close enough.
Two wins and a second-place, the lap record plus the Milwaukee King of the Mountain, I am really pleased with a fantastic weekend for the FHO Racing BMW team as that is a big point’s haul for the championship.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in a couple of weeks at Snetterton!”