MOTORCYCLING: Double Dutch top 10 placings boost Gary and Jimmy up the standings

Sidecar combination Gary Horspole and passenger Jimmy Connell on track in Holland. Photo: Dave Yeomans

Sidecar combination Gary Horspole and passenger Jimmy Connell on track in Holland. Photo: Dave Yeomans

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Driver Gary Horspole with passenger Jimmy Connell recorded an eighth and then a seventh place in the eighth round of the British F1 Sidecar Championship at Assen in the Netherlands at the weekend, taking the pair to seventh in the rider standings on points.

Sleaford’s Gary and Jimmy, from Scotland, qualified their LCR Suzuki in seventh place to start the first 10 lap affair from a fifth row grid position. When the lights went out, they got away to a cracking start racing within the mixed grid of British and Dutch championship challengers with each set of riders racing for points in their own series.

They held sixth place (eighth overall) for the first lap but were beaten back to eighth one lap later and spent the remaining laps circulating in that place (ninth) to claim eight championship points.

Because of delays in the previous races on the programme, the second sidecar race was cut down from 10 to eight laps and to add insult to injury, the riders were denied the advantage of TV coverage as the programme overran.

The pair set off from a fifth row grid position and held eighth (ninth) throughout seven of the eight laps. But when the leader retired into the pits on the final lap, they were promoted to seventh (eighth) to score a further nine championship points, bringing their total to 105 which sees them settled into seventh place with two rounds and four races remaining.

Gary said: “We are pleased with our results this weekend. Jimmy did a good job as passenger as usual. It was a long haul for him to drive from Scotland down to catch the ferry but it didn’t affect his performance at all.

“We were a bit miffed that the second race was cut down by two laps and then the TV programme overran so we didn’t get the TV coverage we were promised. Thanks must go to my sponsors, Sleaford Quality Foods and Baker Plant Hire, also to Oxford Products for providing us with HJC helmets and support at the circuit.”

Gary and Jimmy will head to Silverstone for the penultimate round which takes place over the weekend of October 2-4 when they will be pushing hard for two top results to add to their points tally.