Formula Two sidecar racers Giles and Jen Stainton from Upton celebrated Jen’s birthday with a brace of second place trophies at Mallory Park recently where their mission for the weekend was to perfect the Bus Stop in readiness for the British Championship round in September. They then moved on to Anglesey for the British Championship round on Sunday.
The husband and wife pair began the first of two races at Mallory from a second row grid position and got away well to settle into second place. Although the leading crew, King/Thomas pulled away the Stainton’s were followed closely by Jackson/Child throughout the race but they were never really challenged and crossed the finish line for second place improving their personal best time at the Leicestershire circuit by over a second.
In race two Giles and Jen once again took second place and this time were much closer to the leaders. Jen said: “Although the possibility of passing the leading outfit was all but a dream we were a lot closer and we were able to pick up some tips from following them. We were not only pleased with how the outfit felt through the bus stop but also really happy to pick up more speed around Gerrards. We were chased right to the flag by Jackson/Childs which kept us on our toes and were thrilled with another second place finish and another trophy. We were even more excited to have achieved a 59s lap time which we thought would elude us for a while.”
The following weekend the team headed back to Anglesey for a round of the British F2 Sidecar cup and with two 20 lap championship races and three club races to contest it was to be a challenging weekend for the Lincolnshire duo, but they came through unscathed with five top five results and are up to fifth in the British championship.
Starting the first of three club races from the second row the pair got away to a good start but Stockton/Stockton were quicker and Giles and Jen set about trying to catch them. They finally managed an overtake and crossed the finish line in third place.
Jen commented: “We were third from 20 outfits on the grid and equalled our previous personal best lap time with a 1m.20s lap. A good result for us and a great opportunity to get some track experience in for the British championship race later in the day.”
As the lights went out for the start of the first 20 lap British championship race Giles and Jen got a cracking start and began to reel in the riders ahead passing Anderson/Gravel on lap two to slot into 12th place overall in the mixed grid of riders. On lap eight they took Lumley/Whitnell and when Shand/Hyde retired they were elevated to 11th on lap 12. When Crawford/Hardie went out on lap 16 they were up into 10th place and fifth in class which they held to the flag. But in a twist of fate one outfit ahead was ineligible for points and the Staintons were gifted fourth position plus 13 championship points. They were pleased to find they had also improved their personal best lap time to 1m 19s.
Starting the club race from the back of the grid Giles and Jen rode well to secure fourth place and Jen explained: “Starting from the back of the grid which was actually the best thing that could have happened! We had a fantastic chance to practice our overtaking - pushing us out of our comfort zone. We went from the back of the grid to fourth place, just 0.2s away from third.”
Starting the second Championship race from the seventh row they got away behind Remnant/Tilley and other teams battling for the lead in the middle pack. They were keen to hang onto this smooth team for as long as they possibly could and mid race were still there determined to hold on to the end! They had the most exciting race chasing and challenging where they could. They fended off the challenge from Ilaria/James and held their position to the end of the race, finishing 11th overall and fourth in the Cup with another personal best lap of 1m 18.494s.
The final race of the weekend was the last club race and again they opted to start from the back of the grid to work their way forward to fifth place and again learn so much in the process.
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