Gary Horspole and his passenger took eighth place at the Eastern Airways British F1 sidecar championship at Donington Park this weekend.
After being forced out of race one with brake problems Horspole, from Leasingham, with passenger Paul Knapton who lives in Selby, came from the back of the grid to pick up a further eight points.
Free practice was curtailed after just two laps because of track contamination which hampered Horspole and Knapton’s set up time but they went on to qualify in ninth place.
As the race got underway it soon became apparent that the front brake was faulty and after just a couple of laps Horspole was forced to retire.
Because of the non-finish the pair were to start the second race on Sunday in 20th position and knew they had a lot of work to do to get points.
As the lights went out Horspole powered through to 16th place on the first lap. They were at 13th on lap two and 10th at the midway stage.
They progressed through to ninth and on the penultimate lap at Redgate challenged for eighth position. They made the move stick down Craner Curves and held station to the chequered flag to take eighth place and pick up eight points.
Horspole said: “That was a good race, we appear to have solved the problems that have plagued us over the last few weeks. I have to thank our loyal sponsors who have stuck by us, Baker Plant Hire, Sleaford Quality Foods, Krombacher, Oxford Products, HJC Helmets, Horizon Watches and all our supporters, friends and family.”
Horspole and Knapton are now in 11th place in the overall rider standings on 55 points and the next round takes place at Assen in Holland on September 22.