MOTORCYCLING: Sleaford sidecar racer picks up points in Scotland

Gary Horspole and sidecar passenger Jimmy Connell in action at Knockhill. Photo: Dave Yeomans
Gary Horspole and sidecar passenger Jimmy Connell in action at Knockhill. Photo: Dave Yeomans

The long trek north of the border to Knockhill in Scotland for round six of the British F1 Sidecar Championship proved well worthwhile for Sleaford racer Gary Horspole.

Accompanied by sidecar passenger Jimmy Connell, he returned home with two top 10 results and 16 championship points.

After a lengthy delay on Saturday to allow for track repairs after torrential rain swamped the surface, Gary and Jimmy finally got out for qualifying in which they finished in ninth place to secure a fifth row grid position for the first of two 15-lap races.

As the lights went out, the pair got away well to take up seventh place on the opening lap but dropped back to eighth on lap three. They maintained their position, gradually closing in on Guy/Evanson, and on lap 12 they made a pass stick and held station to the chequered flag to pick up nine championship points.

Starting race two from the fourth row, Gary and Jimmy were running seventh throughout the first three laps before passing Bryan/Winn, but were unable to hold the position and after two laps were beaten back to eighth place where they remained to the finish line to pick up a further eight championship points. This brought their total points haul from the weekend to 16 and 44 overall to take up joint 10th place in the rider standings.

Gary said: “There is nothing steady about Knockhill, it’s hard fast racing all the way within a very competitive grid, but we enjoyed our races immensely and our confidence is coming back – so bring on Brands Hatch.”

The next round of the British Championship is not until August 2 at Thruxton, but prior to that Gary and Jimmy will be racing at Brands Hatch within the grid of the FIM World Championship round that takes place as a support race to the British Superbike Championship on July 19. pic credit Dave Yeomans