Tim and Tristan Reeves maintained their 100% winning record in the 2017 Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship at Snetterton at the weekend as the Carl Cox Motorsport/Team E-Aide Motorsport pairing swept to another double victory to make it eight wins from eight starts.
The Kent brothers were in scintillating form throughout the three days of action at the Norfolk venue and they signalled their intentions from the off, topping the free practice session on Friday. Later that day, they qualified in pole position for Saturday’s 12 lap race with a time of 1m55.088s which was a staggering 3.2s quicker than anyone else.
That was some eight tenths of a second inside their own lap record and put them in an extremely confident mood going into the race. Indeed, they grabbed the lead from the start and by the end of the first lap, they’d already opened up a 1.6s gap at the head of the field. That set the trend for the rest of the race and, aided by a new lap record of 1m54.982s, they continually pulled clear eventually taking a dominant win by a commanding 18s.
Starting Sunday’s slightly shorter 10-lap race from tenth meant, in theory, it would be a harder task but they amazingly grabbed the lead half way round the first lap to leave the opposition facing yet another uphill task. With Tim and Tristan and the LCR Kawasaki working in perfect harmony, they served up a repeat performance of Saturday and with a series of fastest laps, which were almost two seconds quicker than anyone else, they ran away with the race to win on this occasion by 19s.
The two victories mean Tim and Tristan have won every race of the Championship held so far to give them a maximum 200 points, which is already 73 clear of nearest rivals Ricky Stevens/Ryan Charlwood.
Tim Reeves: “What can I say, it’s been a faultless weekend and with eight wins from eight starts it’s been a dream start to our British Championship challenge. We had a slight issue with the bike towards the end of qualifying but other than that we had no problems and in the races it was simply a case of getting our heads down and going for it. It’s not easy when you’ve got a big lead as it’s easy to lose concentration and in the first race I made a couple of mistakes, running wide on a couple of corners but we got the job done on both occasions. We’ve got a good lead in the Championship but there’s plenty of work still to be done so we won’t be letting up one bit.”
The next round of the series takes place at Mallory Park, Leicestershire on July 8-9.
Pictures by John Mushet