Sporting a new paint job on the outfit, Sleaford sidecar racer Gary Horspole, along with Scottish passenger Jimmy Connell, recorded two points’ finishes in the Eastern Airways F1 British Sidecar championship at Assen at the weekend.
Gary and Jimmy qualified the LCR Suzuki in 11th place and began the first race at the Cathedral of Speed from a seventh row grid position. They maintained 11th place on the first lap before making up ground to 10th one lap later. After a brief return to 11th on lap four Gary accelerated past two of his rivals to move into ninth position and on the final lap he overtook Craig Chaplow to take the chequered flag in eighth place. But because one of the riders ahead was ineligible to score points Gary was awarded nine championship points instead of eight.
Race two on Sunday saw Gary and Jimmy begin from the seventh row and this time became embroiled in a race long battle involving eight outfits. Places were exchanged throughout until on the penultimate lap one of the front runners crashed. His outfit flipped onto its roof and left officials no alternative but to bring out the red flag and call a result at eight laps. Gary was awarded seven points thanks to more ineligible riders, bringing Gary’s total to 100 and moving him up to 10th in the rider standings with two rounds - four races - remaining.
Gary said: “The change of colour scheme on my outfit is because we have a new sponsor and needed to add the company name to the fairing. I welcome TEMPOBET to the team and would like to thank them for their input. We had a good couple of races today; we usually go well at Assen and today was no exception.”
The next round is at Silverstone on October 5 when Gary and Jimmy will be hoping for another good battle in the two races and add to the points tally.