Portsmouth’s Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki sidecar team made the 460 mile round trip to Oulton Park in Cheshire for round two of the British Sidecar Championship. Since the first round at Brands Hatch three weeks ago driver Ricky Stevens from Portsmouth and Dover based passenger Ryan Charlwood have had a busy couple of weeks having raced at the first round of the World sidecar Championship at the iconic Le Mans circuit in France, where they had a superb fifth place finish on a circuit they had never raced at before.
Feeling more confident with each session that they have on the new Kawasaki powered 600cc sidecar the pair were looking forward to the race at the picturesque 2.6 mile circuit in Cheshire over the Bank Holiday weekend, where they would also compete with the 1,000 cc powered machines in the overall Championship.
Saturday evening’s free practice saw them finish third overall on old tyres that they had used at Le Mans. Sunday’s qualifying saw them take fourth place on the overall grid and second in their 600cc Cup class.
The 12 lap race on Sunday afternoon was held in glorious conditions with track temperatures at 35 degrees. The pair didn’t get off to a good start and they moved back to sixth place. Now with five 1000cc machines and the current 600cc Champions Ellis and Richardson in front of them they would certainly have more work to do. However this didn’t deter them. Moving quickly back into fourth spot they were soon chasing down the current 600 Champions.
With the leaders Kershaw and Clark pulling away, Ricky and Ryan were soon the second fastest team on the circuit. On lap four they moved passed Ellis and Richardson and they were closing in on second placed Bell and Ramsay. On lap seven they set the fastest lap of the 600 machines at an average of 91 mph and were pulling away from Ellis and Richardson. On lap eleven moving to within half a second of second place the race was red flagged due to fluid on the track.
Speaking after the race the Ricky was delighted with third overall and first in their 600 Cup class. “We had a very solid weekend on a bumpy track. Our confidence is back and to come third overall and first in our class is fantastic. The whole team did a great job.”
Added Ryan “Every session went well over the weekend. We are getting better and better on the new engine machine.”
The result now places them second in the 600 Cup and eighth in the overall Championship.
The next round is at the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk over the weekend of 15th June 2018.