Ricky and Ryan had a difficult fifth round of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship, this weekend but managed to hold on to their second place in the rankings.
Sunny weather prevailed throughout the weekend but our champs encountered a string of technical difficulties with their outfit early on and struggled to fend off their title challengers as a result.
After Snetterton, the team was really hopeful that they’d cracked the grip issue on the outfit. Going into this round, the engine also needed a refresh so it was changed for a new one. Sadly, the guys didn’t quite manage to get the settings right.
Ricky and Ryan kicked off the first race from P7 but the lack of grip made it near impossible for them to make up time. Eventually, they managed to snatch the third spot on the podium, but only by the skin of their teeth.
In race two, the reverse grid meant they started from row four and managed to get up to p5 in the class but then sadly spun the outfit at the hairpin on lap 14 of 20 ending up at a 90-degree angle to the corner which is raised a few feet and on a steep camber. This put them back to 15th and with not much time to recover they finished the race in a disappointing ninth place.
The champions said they were having a good battle with the other teams in the second race but they had to try too hard to make progress which resulted in the bike spinning at the hairpin. Having said that, hey are still second in the championship standings overall so it’s not all been bad.
The team has not had a great season so far but they think they have diagnosed what the problem is with the outfit and it’s something they can fix for Brands. Hopefully the next round will be better and they can prove that it is the bike that has been holding them back, not their skills.
Over the weekend, Ricky and Ryan and fellow racing teams were offering charity passenger experiences, also known as “taxi rides”. Participating visitors were given two laps of the Mallory circuit in the hands of a regular championship runner for an unforgettable experience.
Ricky and Ryan would like to thank everyone who came along and gave it a go. Thanks to your generous donations, the action raised over £2,000 which will go to the fund for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.