Tim and Tristan Reeves maintained their 100% winning streak in the 2017 Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship at Thruxton at the weekend with another double victory on the Carl Cox Motorsport/Team E-Aide Motorsport Kawasaki. With 14 wins from 14 races, their championship lead has now extended to a massive 137 points.
Having topped the timesheets in free practice by half a second, the Kent brothers duly took pole position on Friday afternoon with a time over a second quicker than nearest rivals Chris Walker/Ashley Hawes although the wet conditions meant they were unable to get closer to their time set earlier in the day.
Conditions on Saturday were good although a rain shower before the first race meant competitors started on a wet but drying circuit. However, Tim and Tristan grabbed the lead on the opening lap of the first 8-lap race, immediately opening up a gap over the rest of the field. Indeed, they consistently pulled away, lapping over a second quicker than the rest of the field and they duly chalked up win number 13, some 11.9s clear of Steve Kershaw/Stuart Clark.
Despite starting the second race, held over the same distance, later in the day from tenth on the grid, they got a superb getaway off the line to move into the lead by the completion of the first lap. The race followed a similar pattern to the first and with a fastest lap of 1m18.778s, they took their second win of the day, this time by the reduced margin of four seconds over nearest championship rivals Ricky Stevens/Ryan Charlwood.
A third 8-lap race was scheduled for Sunday but a crash on the opening lap caused the race to be stopped and then with another incident at the beginning of the re-run, it was ultimately cancelled with the weekend’s results Tim and Tristan now have 350 points and a 137-point lead over Stevens/Charlwood with three rounds of the series remaining.
Tim Reeves: “What can I say, it’s been another faultless weekend and the bike was flying throughout so we were able to rack up another couple of wins and extend our Championship lead further. The first race all went to plan and although we had to start from tenth for the second I got a lightning start and that first lap was a lot of fun overtaking the other outfits. It was a shame the final race got cancelled but I hope everyone involved in the incidents is ok and we’ll look forward now to the next round at Cadwell, a circuit I really enjoy.”
The next round takes place at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire on August 18-20.
Pictures by John Mushet
Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship (after seven rounds)
1 Reeves/Reeves (Carl Cox Motorsport/Team E-Aide Motorsport Kawasaki) 350pts
2 Stevens/Charlwood (Kawasaki) 213
3 Holland/Ramsey (Kawasaki) 175
4 Kershaw/Clark (Kawasaki) 164
5 Bryan/Bryant (Kawasaki) 121
6 Walker/Hawes (Kawasaki) 103