Sleaford sidecar driver along with passenger Jimmy Connell were at Cadwell Park for a round of the British F1 Sidecar Championship at the weekend (apologies for the delay posting this - SE) resulting in a seventh place in race one and a crash in the second affair.
Starting the first 10 lap race on Saturday from an eighth row grid position on a drying track after a heavy shower of rain Horspole powered the LCR Suzuki through to 16th place overall - 10th in class.
As the race unfolded Horspole and Connell made steady progress through the field to complete the 10 lap affair in ninth place overall and seventh in their own class to pick up a further nine championship points to retain their seventh place in the overall rider standings on 102 points but just one point behind Walker/Hawes. As the top 10 finishers are reversed for grid places for the second race, Horspole and Connell started race two on Sunday from a front row grid position.
Gary said: “I am very happy with that result considering I started from that far back on the gird. Now I am on the front row tomorrow so let’s see if we can get even further up the results sheets.”
Starting from the front row Horspole and Connell got the hole shot to lead the field around the first lap but their lead was short lived as the more powerful outfits soon homed in on them. On lap two they were relegated to fourth place as the series leaders Reeves/Reeves plus the Birchall Brothers forged ahead.
On lap five they were in sixth place and looking comfortable but disaster struck at Chris Curve when the two outfits following crashed into Horspole and Connell causing some severe damage to the outfit and putting them out of the race.
Gary said: “We were going well, but unfortunately, through no fault of our own we were caught up in a crash with some others and the bike was quite badly damaged. Luckily both of us are ok but very disappointed as everything was going so well.
“We would just like to say, from all of the team, a massive thank you to everyone that came to see us today and for the support that was given from friends and family. A huge thank you to Jamie Arnold from Sleaford Quality Foods, for coming today, we're sorry it ended as it did but it was great to see you. We now have some work to do to get the bike repaired and ready for the next round in Assen, Holland in October.”
The pair remain in seventh place on 102 points with the next round at Assen on October 1.
pic shows Horspole and Connell ahead of the World Championship leaders Ben and Tom Birchall. credit Dave Yeomans.