Racing on the waters of the Royal Victoria Dock, the pre-season challenge offered up cold and temperamental waves but it would be Richard Cable who finished his preparations for the new campaign in style with victory in the 300 class.
Having already claimed the Winter Cup just a week earlier, Cable immediately started where he had left off, securing maximum points in the first race. Dave Huddleston was bright from the off and immediately secured the holeshot to shoot to the lead, with Jim Goodchild and Cable following him in second and third respectively.
The conditions were proving difficult for all and they would eventually force Goodchild out of the race, the veteran having to pull off the track after suffering an arm pump that would allow Huddleston to increase his lead at the front.
The Kawasaki Ultra 300 rider wouldn’t have it all his own way though, and with lapped traffic slowing him down, Cable was able to close quickly and eventually overtook, landing the full 20 points on offer.
There was a delay to the second race after a drifting marker caused a red flag, however, rookie Nigel Williams pressed leader Goodchild early on in an impressive ride. Williams would soon be passed by Cable and Huddleston, but the leader was not for catching and that is how it would finish in the second heat.
The second place from Cable was enough to land the Royal Victoria Cup ahead of his rivals, and continue his superb pre-season form heading into the opening race of the campaign in Bournemouth.