Heartache for Lauder duo in World Sidecars

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Lauder duo Stephen Kershaw and Rob Wilson fulfilled a long-held dream of competing in the FIM World Sidecar Championship at Donnington at the weekend.

As Kershaw returned this season after missing last year due to a heart operation, he had to produce a letter from his cardiologist to state that he was fit to race – something that arrived just 50 minutes before the start of the practise.

As the teams went out the heavens opened, so the pair had to come into the pits straight away to change from slick tyres to wet – a time-consuming job.

Once back on track they managed to finish in a great sixth spot. Qualifying was held in even worse conditions, but the Borderers qualified in fifth place for the 19-lap Sunday afternoon race.

In near-perfect conditions, the race was very fast. On lap three, the pair had to make for the pits due to a braking fault. This was repaired, but they lost five laps which, under the rules, meant that they wouldn’t be classified in the final standings. Both men were disappointed with this as one more lap would have got them on the timing sheet and among the points.

Their next race is a round of the British Championship in June at Snetterton.