Cadwell Park

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Cadwell Park
Cadwell Park track map.svg
Location Lincolnshire, England
Major events BRSCC races
Full Circuit
Length 3.477 km (2.173 mi)
Turns 11
Club Circuit
Length 2.370 km (1.481 mi)
Turns 7
Woodland Circuit
Length 1.139 km (0.712 mi)
Turns 5

Cadwell Park is a motor racing circuit in Lincolnshire, England, 5 miles (8 km) south of Louth.[1] It is owned and operated by Jonathan Palmer's Motorsport Vision company.[citation needed]

It is sited across a steep-sided valley, giving rise to dips and crests. The circuit features sharp changes in gradient, including one section called The Mountain where bikes can become airborne by up to several feet. Its mix of challenging corners has led to its nickname as the Mini-Nürburgring.[2][3]


Cadwell Park is located in Lincolnshire
Cadwell Park
Cadwell Park shown within Lincolnshire
(grid reference TF293810)
Image from Hall Bends, looking towards Coppice.
Chris Curve.
Hall Bends.

Located in the Lincolnshire Wolds, Cadwell Park was established in 1934 by Mr Mansfield Wilkinson of Louth. His sons originally used the land for racing their own motorbikes against each other.

Originally the gravel-drives of the country estate measured 3/4 miles, with tarmac and concrete being added in 1938, with widening and lengthening in 1953, and lengthened again in 1961 with the addition of the Donington Curve.[4]

In 1953 the track was lengthened to 1.3 miles (2.1 km), upon the invitation of the 500 cc motorcycle-engined Formula 3 to race in a traditional bike meeting. Around 30,000 spectators attended that particular race.

The track grew to the current 2.25 miles (3.62 km) layout in 1962 and hosted the British F3 series the next May. Some of the bends are named after family members e.g. Mansfield, Charlie and Chris.

Racing usage[edit]

Cadwell is now considered too narrow for high level car races, although Club motorsport associations such as the BARC and 750MC still hold meetings.

Competitively, it is primarily used for motorcycle racing, with the Bennetts British Superbike Championship round being the most popular event on the circuit's calendar[citation needed], taking place on August Bank Holiday weekend each year.[5][6] In 2010, it hosted an additional BSB meeting on the weekend of 22/23 May.

Other usage[edit]

Several tests and feature clips for the motoring program Fifth Gear have been filmed here. They frequently feature racing driver Tiff Needell.

In April 2009, musician and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason flew into the circuit by helicopter to drive his £1.5million Ferrari 512.[7]

In June 2015 the circuit was used as part of the course for cycling's British National Time Trial Championships.[8]

Stock Car Racing[edit]

During the 1960s and 1970s, BriSCA Formula 1 Stock Cars attracted big crowds to Cadwell. The gradient changes added excitement to the racing, as stock car drivers were accustomed to racing on flat 400-yard oval tracks of shale or tarmac; and likewise their cars' suspensions and gearing were set up for short flat ovals.

Current events[edit]

In addition to the August Bank Holiday round of the British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park also hosts two major historic events with the Vintage Sports Car Club’s annual festival and the new Easter Wolds Trophy covering the post-war period.

The Superkart British Grand Prix is held at the circuit, with the popular Modified Live event also on the calendar.

During the week the circuit offers some general test days and driving experiences, and can also be hired out for private testing and track days.

Lap records[edit]

Car Lap Records
Driver Car Time
Richard Mitcham Jedi MK6 1:21.138
Shaun Balfe Radical SR8 1:22.50
Robin Liddell Radical Prosport 1:25.49
Malcolm Scott Dallara F398 (Monoposto) 1:26.26
Gavin Renshaw Mitsubishi Evo IX 1:26.5 [9]
Lee Atkins Radical SR4 1:29.04
Russ Stephens Radical Clubsport 1:29.36
Motorcycle Lap Records
Rider Bike Time
Shane Byrne Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:26.017
John Simpson Triumph Daytona 675 1:33.67
Andrew Bennet Suzuki GSXR1000 1:37.5
Steve Lake Yamaha R1 1:37.9
Superkart Lap Record
Carl Hulme Anderson/FPE 1:22.27


  1. ^ Baker, Erin (2007-03-31). "You spin me round". Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  2. ^ Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire - NG Road Racing
  3. ^ Cadwell Park - British Superbikes official website[dead link]
  4. ^ Britain's Top Circuits, race circuit guide, 1966 hard copy (free supplement with Motor Cycle), Accessed 2015-05-02
  5. ^ "Rea is sixth on Cadwell Park grid". BBC. 2006-08-27. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  6. ^ "Rea claims win at Cadwell Park". BBC. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  7. ^ Pink Floyd's Nick Mason at Cadwell Park on Wednesday - Louth Leader
  8. ^ Allen, Eddie (25 June 2015). "Dowsett, Simmonds and Davies take British time trial titles". British Cycling. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Time Attack - Lap Records

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°18′32″N 0°3′47″W / 53.30889°N 0.06306°W / 53.30889; -0.06306