Lauder’s Kershaw Racing sidecar team made the 800-mile trip to the Brands Hatch circuit for the fourth round of the Eastern Airways Formula one British sidecar championship, writes John Mushet.
Driver Steve Kershaw and his passenger Rob Wilson knew that they could start to move up the championship standing with a solid performance over the weekend.
Saturday morning’s wet qualifying left them in 13th place, somewhere they didn’t want to be. A change in settings for the first race on Saturday afternoon, however, saw them finish in eighth place in a race shortened to nine laps instead of 12 due to one of the sidecars spinning and blocking the track.
The shortened race proved to be of benefit to them as the oil filter on their 1000cc Suzuki machine had spilt and the throttle cable had frayed badly. Steve thought with the extra laps they probably wouldn’t have finished the race and would have spilt oil over the circuit.
Sunday’s late afternoon race was also reduced to eight laps after being declared a wet race, but on a drying track, so tyre choice would be a key factor. From the start the Borders pair made great progress through the field. Obviously, having picked the right tyres and settings they finished in their best ever championship position of fifth, which moves them into 10th in the championship.
After the race, the team and supporters were delighted and both Steve and Rob are hoping to build on this success at Thruxton in two week’s time.