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A week of testing in Val De Vienne in France set F2 Sidecar team Giles and Jen Stainton up for an assault on the Darley Moor championship round last weekend where they scored a fine third and fourth place on Sunday.

Jen said: "We made the decision last season to kick start 2017 with a week at this fantastic circuit in the South of France where teams from across the world gather to test their machines ahead of the new race season.

"With five 20-30 minute sessions each day we managed to run in two engines, learn the track, pick up pace, alter settings on the outfit and build so much as a team."

The husband and wife pairing from Upton then returned to the UK and travelled directly to Darley Moor to contest their first race of 2017 where they qualified in ninth place for the opening race of the F2 Sidecar championship at the Derbyshire venue.

They acclimatised well to the shorter and narrower track and settled well, feeling the benefit of their time in France and sailed through their first race finishing in fifth place in their class and 10th overall in the mixed grid of riders.

Full of confidence the pair went into their second race with the intention of improving on their position and they did exactly that. They settled into fourth place in their class from the start and tailed the group of outfits ahead until they found a space to overtake at the midway stage of the race. They continued to chase the remainder of the group until the final corner of the last lap when Giles went to make a pass on the two outfits just ahead. He made the move stick and the pair took the chequered flag in a fine third place in class and fourth overall with a best lap time of 1m 06s.

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Jen said: "we are both delighted with that set of results. I am sure our time in France has made a huge difference to our performance and confidence. We can't wait to take part in our first British championship race next week now. Thanks to our friends who came along to support us this weekend, it means a lot to us to have you there and it was great to meet up with old friends and new this weekend. Also thanks to our sponsors who help to keep us out on the track."

The next outing for the Staintons is the first round of the FSRA British Championship at Oulton Park which will be a huge step up for the North Lincolnshire couple and an event they are looking forward to as they will be able to see how they fare against the best riders in the country.

Pic Credit Sid Diggins

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