Sleaford F1 Sidecar racer Gary Horspole with Scottish passenger Jimmy Connell recorded two strong top 10 results at Snetterton in Norfolk at the weekend in round five of the British F1 Sidecar championship.
After completing their qualifying in ninth place Gary and Jimmy lined up on the fourth row in a mixed grid of F1 and 600 machines for the start of the first race on Saturday. They didn’t get the best of starts and found themselves down in 12th place on lap two. But they soon settled into their race and began to reel in Archer/Thomas who were circulating some way ahead. They caught and passed them on lap four and one lap later made a move on Bryan/McBride to move into 10th place overall where they remained to the chequered flag. But one of the outfits ahead was in the 600 class and only scored points in their own class so Horspole and Connell were promoted to ninth to pick up seven championship points for ninth position.
Once again the pair found themselves in pole position for the start of race two on Sunday as the front four rows lined up in reverse order.
As the lights went out Horspole and Connell were in second place as they went into turn one but by the time they exited turn three they were fifth and as the faster riders overhauled them they were seventh as they started lap two. But they persevered and entered into a battle for position with Gary’s former passenger Rob Biggs who now drives his own outfit. The pair exchanged places during the last three laps with Gary and Jimmy eventually pulling clear to secure ninth place. Again one rider ahead was in a different class and this elevated the pair up to eighth place.
This set of results places Horspole and Connell ninth in the championship standings on 45 points but with just one point separating them from eighth place they have everything to race for in the next round at Mallory Park at the weekend, July 9th.
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