Gear trouble fails to deter Team Kershaw

Lauder’s Kershaw racing team of driver Stephen Kershaw and passenger Rob Wilson made the trip to Knockhill last weekend for the third round of the Eastern Airways Formula 1 British Sidecar Championship.

Not only was it their home round, the venue was also celebrating its 40th anniversary as Scotland’s premium motor racing circuit.

Running alongside the British Superbike Series, the sidecars had also been given extra track time, along with two televised 15-lap races.

Friday’s qualifying showed just how tight this circuit is, with only 1.8 seconds between the top 10 sidecars and, even with a gear problem, Team Kershaw qualified in ninth place.

For Saturday’s first race the gear situation was still causing headaches and the Lauder duo finished in 10th place.

With some overnight changes to the machine, the team finished Sunday’s race two in ninth place, averaging 84mph over the 15 laps.

This leaves them in 11th place in the championship. Kershaw was happy they had finished both races in front of the home crowd, gaining more valuable track time after his year away from the series in 2013. The next round sees a long trip to Brands Hatch in Kent in three weeks.