Ricky and Ryan were competing in round 6 of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship, and despite a rocky start the pair had bounced back by the end of the weekend.
Repeated grip issues with the outfit had severely hampered Ricky and Ryan’s bid to secure a third championship title and during the Friday practice at Brands Hatch, things were looking worse than ever. The bike would not change gears, forcing our champions to abandon practice. A race against time ensued to get the outfit ready for the qualifying session later on the same day.
The team rallied up and it was all hands on deck to ensure the weekend wouldn’t be a complete disaster.
On Saturday, the rain played havoc with the track and in those difficult conditions, Ricky and Ryan started the first race in P5. With ongoing technical issues still haunting them, they eventually finished the race in a disappointing fourth place.
But they had a breakthrough ahead of the Sunday race and have finally solved the problem that has been slowing them down until now.
With the reverse grid start in race two, Ricky and Ryan had to take P6 on the grid. They went off to a flying start and found themselves in the lead by the second corner. Title challengers the Reeves brothers overtook them on the second lap but unlike in previous rounds, Ricky and Ryan kept them in their sights the whole time.
They finished the race in second place and are still second overall in the championship rankings.
As you can imagine, the guys are hugely relieved to have found the cause of their technical problem and it gives them renewed hope ahead of the next round at Thruxton.
The team would like to extend a massive thank you to mechanic Phil of Bouremouth Kawasaki for his continued help over the weekend.
Round 7 of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British F1 Sidecar Championship will take place at Thruxton from 4th to 8th August.