Horspole crashes out of first race of season

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Sleaford racer Gary Horspole, with passenger Jimmy Connell, crashed out in spectacular fashion while qualifying for the first round of the British Sidecar championship at Donington Park on Sunday.

Free practice on Saturday afternoon went well for the pair who finished the session in a creditable ninth position. Qualifying took place the following morning with Gary and Jimmy circulating in a comfortable 10th place. As the session entered its final stages Gary was on his very last lap and set to take eighth place, but things went badly wrong on the run to the old hairpin and the outfit turned onto its roof, skidding down the track and ending up in the gravel. Gary escaped with a bruised leg but Jimmy cracked a shoulder.

Gary said: “I knew I was on a flyer and was sure to move up to eighth but it didn’t work out that way. Jimmy is OK and travelled home to Scotland on Monday to see if his shoulder needs further treatment. The outfit isn’t too bad, just a bit of damage to the fairing which is easily fixed but because the engine was still running when we ended up in the gravel it is possible there could be some damage. We have arranged for it to go to our engine builder who will check it out in time for the next round and I am keeping my fingers crossed that Jimmy makes a speedy and full recovery.

“With just two weeks before the next round I will have to look for a temporary passenger but hopefully I will be on the grid. Thanks to Sleaford Quality Foods and Baker Plant Hire for their continued support plus Oxford products for the HJC helmets which certainly protected both of us from further injury.”

The next round is at Brands Hatch over the weekend of April 18-19.