The sixth round of the British Formula one sidecar championship was held at the 2.4 mile Brands Hatch GP circuit over the weekend.
Lying in fourth place in the Championship Lauder’s Express Tyres/Blinkbonney quarry team of driver Stephen Kershaw and passenger Rob Wilson had the added challenge of competing with the leading sidecars in the World Championship series.
Riders in each event would compete for points in their own Championship, but it would be a chance for the British teams to take on the World best in one race.
Two combined qualifying sessions took place on Saturday and the pole position was taken by reigning World Champions Tim Reeves and Greg Cluze in a lap record time. Kershaw and Wilson qualified in fifth with their fastest ever time around the circuit.
The 18 lap race was held in glorious sunshine and it proved to be a classic for the British teams. From the start there was drama with Reeves and Cluze pulling in on lap one. The Lauder duo went back to eighth place with a host of World and British Champions in front of them but, by lap six, had moved to sixth place and then the drama started unfolding.
Several sidecars crashed out and by lap 13 the Borders lads were chasing the Finish four time World Champion Pekka Paivarinta. His sidecar also crashed out and Kershaw took full advantage moving into third place. The crash caused the race to be red flagged and also caused confusion in the pit lane regarding where the local pair had finished.
After a few minutes it was confirmed that they had indeed finished in a superb third place, also gaining valuable points on their Championship rivals.
Speaking after the race Kershaw said he was delighted with another podium place and showing that they can compete at the very highest level in this family run team.
The Express Tyres/Blinkbonney quarry team are still in fourth place in the championship, only three and a half points behind Roger Lovelock and Alki Alto.
The next round is at Thruxton in Hampshire in two weeks time.