Consistent form sees Horspole in top 10


Gary Horspole, from Sleaford, with passenger Jimmy Connell, rode to ninth place in the first race and followed up with an eighth in race two at Silverstone in the penultimate round of the Eastern Airways British F1 Sidecar championship.

Gary and Jimmy were ninth in free practice but for qualifying on the Saturday morning they were greeted with a wet and greasy track surface. Although the rain had stopped the track was still wet in places and Gary made the wrong choice to go out on intermediate tyres instead of full wets. Consequently they floundered in the slippery conditions to end up 19th to start the first race from a 10th row grid position.

But the pair got away to a fantastic start and were up to 11th on the opening lap and made more progress to finish the eight laps in ninth position and pick up seven championship points.

Starting the second race on the Sunday from the fifth row, Horspole and Connell were circulating in ninth place before moving up to eighth on lap six of eight. Closing in on John Holden over the final two laps the two outfits crossed the finish line side by side, Holden hanging on to seventh place by a 10th of a second. Horspole and Connell picked up eight points in eighth place and they are now joint ninth in the overall standings on 117 points.

The final round of two races takes place at Brands Hatch on October 19 where double points are to be awarded.