HORSPOLE RACING ASSEN
Sleaford F1 Sidecar Driver with Scottish passenger Jimmy Connell travelled to Assen in the Netherlands for the penultimate round of the British F1 Sidecar Championship on Sunday resulting an eighth place finish and eight championship points for the duo.
The weather affected the racing on Saturday and after qualifying well on the sixth row for the first race on Saturday Gary decided not to race as, with standing water in places on the track, he deemed the conditions too dangerous.
But the weather changed on Sunday and bright and dry conditions awaited the outfits as they lined up for the start of race two but because Horspole and Connell didn’t contest the first affair they had to start from the back of the grid. This put them on the back foot and it was to be a big ask for them to catch up with the leaders.
But Horspole got his head down and powered the LCR Suzuki F1 outfit through the back markers to take up 15th position on the final lap. One of the leading group crashed resulting in a red flag and a result was declared. With the demise of the crashed outfit Horspole and Connell were promoted to 13th place but because there were. Some Dutch outfits plus some 600cc Cup riders racing ahead of them who did not appear in the results Horspole and Connell were promoted to eighth position to pick up eight championship points.
The eight points gained at Assen bring their total to 110 and place them sixth in the overall rider standings with one round remaining.
The final round consisting of two races will attract double championship points at Brands Hatch on October 15 which if Horspole and Connell can produce a pair of strong results could result in them completing their season in fifth place.
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