Team SaS F2 Sidecar racing husband and wife duo of Jen and Giles Stainton recorded a brace of second places in round five of the EMRA sidecar championship at Mallory Park on Sunday.
After taking a much needed weekend off to recharge their batteries and get the handlebars that were broken at Cadwell repaired, the pair from Upton was raring to go and headed out for some practice laps to bed in some new brake pads and Giles to get used to the new handlebars.
Qualifying went well and the Staintons were fourth which gave them a second row start to the first race. But they got a bad start and were trailing near the back of the pack on the first lap. Giles soon began to make up ground, passing other outfits through Edwina’s and again at Shaw’s Hairpin resulting in them moving up into second place which was maintained to the chequered flag.
Starting the second race from the front row in second place alongside pole setters Ramsden/Ramsden they got away to a good start but King/Deeley got an even better start and passed them at the first corner. They were also challenged from behind by Jackson/Child and Giles decided to take a chance and pass King/Deeley at the Devil’s Elbow in the hope of shaking off both outfits. This worked out well for Giles and Jen who maintained their position to cross the finish line for their second runner up spot of the day.
Jen commented: “We improved our personal best lap time marginally by half a second and were pleased to find consistency at this pace. The weekend was a brilliant one that we will remember for the exciting close racing, brilliant friends and fellow racers and great conversations with people in the paddock.
“Thanks as always to our sponsors Interfuse Ltd, MMC Agency, Elite Signs, T&S Motors and Andrew and Vanessa for their support.”
pic credit Sid Diggins