Brands Hatch was the place to be for Borders motorsport followers last weekend, with three of the region’s top performers in action.
After three wins out of three, a personal best and only 0.6 seconds off the lap record at the Scottish sidecar championship at East Fortune last weekend, Lauder’s Kershaw Racing, Blinkbonny Quarry and Express Tyres team were back in British Championship action.
With two 15-lap races over the 1.2-mile circuit, driver Steve Kershaw and his passenger Rob Wilson were hoping to continue their great form from the first round at Donington Park.
The pair qualified in sixth place on Saturday morning despite an engine misfire which cost them fractions of seconds. The top eight were only separated by just over a second.
Saturday afternoon’s first race was a disappointing affair for all 21 sidecars. The pair had moved into fifth place when the race was stopped for an accident on lap four. Due to time constraints for other race sessions, the race was declared and half points were awarded.
Sunday afternoon’s second race was a thrilling affair, although it had been reduced to 12 laps. The Borderers got a great start staying in fifth place and in touch with the leaders. On lap five, the 2013 champion Roger Lovelock made a mistake and Steve and Kershaw moved into third spot, hotly pursued by reigning champions Sean Hegarty and James Neave.
Keeping their line and pace, they held the champions at bay and crossed for a superb third place, much to the joy of their family and friends. The result leaves them in fourth place in the championship.
PBM Kawasaki British Superbike rider Stuart Easton also made the long trip to Brands Hatch for the second round of the British Superbike Championship.
Lying in sixth place overall, the Hawick rider was again looking to keep the pace with his team-mate and reigning champion Shane Byrne.
With the biggest British superbike field of 31 riders and laps only taking a matter of 45 seconds, Easton knew he would have to be on his best form to keep out of trouble with the slower back markers.
He qualified in sixth place and Sunday’s first race was fast and furious, with the safety car coming out for several laps. Easton had a good battle with Australians Josh Brooks and Jason O’Halloran to finish sixth.
In the second race, the Teri kept a good pace to try and keep up with the leaders, but again the safety car was deployed. Keeping with former champion Japan’s Ryuichi Kiyonari, the Hawick rider finished fifth and moves up to fourth place in the championship.
The next round of both Championships is at Oulton Park in two weeks.