A busy week of racing saw Kent's Tim Reeves win no less than five races out of five, firstly taking a hat-trick at the International Gold Cup road races at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough and then taking a resounding double in the penultimate round of the British Sidecar Championship at Assen, Holland.
The Gold Cup kicked off proceedings for Tim where he was reunited with Patrick Farrance and the Team Klaffi/F13K Cancer Formula Two Honda and the duo took pole position for the three races around the undulating 2.4-mile woodland circuit. Saturday's action saw just a single race for the F2 outfits and Tim and Patrick opened their account with a 3.9s win over Steve and Matty Ramsden.
Sunday's two six-lap races saw the duo again pull away from the rest of the field and even though the first race started on a damp, but drying, track, it was still the same outcome as Tim and Patrick led from start to finish, again winning by over three seconds. The final race of the weekend saw the Ramsdens grab the lead on the opening lap but Tim nipped up the inside at Mountside to eventually win by 3.2s.
It was then on to Assen for the penultimate round of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship and, despite only managing six laps during the two qualifying sessions, Tim and regular F1 passenger Gregory Cluze took pole position on the Team E-Aide Motorsport/Remse Racing LCR Yamaha.
Showing their enjoyment for the Dutch venue, the Anglo-French duo romped to victory in the first race, opening up a four second lead on the first lap when the circuit was still damp. Their eventual winning margin over Ricky Stevens/Ryan Charlwood was a commanding nine seconds and they duly took control of the second race the minute the lights went green.
Their second race winning margin was 10.3s and although their hopes of winning the title remain slim, their tenth win of the season meant they closed the deficit to Stevens to 47 points with just one round and two races remaining. However, double points – a total of 100 – are available at Brands Hatch and anything can still happen.
Tim Reeves: "What can I say, it's been a brilliant two weekend's of racing and with five wins from five starts, I couldn't have asked for much more. Scarborough's a great circuit and it was really enjoyable being back and although Patrick and I took the three wins, Steve and Matty never gave up and pushed us hard each time. The lap times were very impressive and it was good to end the year on the F2 outfit with a hat-trick."
"It was then on to Assen and although we took pole, qualifying didn't quite go to plan as a damaged oil pipe meant we only got a handful of laps in prior to the first race. Once we went racing though, everything was perfect and with the holeshot in both races, we were able to control things from the front. Winning the title may be out of reach but we'll go to the final round intent on claiming another double. We're relying on Ricky to have a DNF and everything go to plan for ourselves but we'll simply do our best and see what happens."
The final round of the British Sidecar Championship takes place at Brands Hatch on October 14-16.
Pictures by Mark Walters (Scarborough) and John Mushet (Assen)