Lucky pair survive crash

Steve Kershaw and Rob Wilson compete at Brands Hatch
Steve Kershaw and Rob Wilson compete at Brands Hatch

lauder’S Kershaw Racing sidecar team hope to put a crash in their last race behind them this weekend at Knockhill for the latest rounds of the Eastern Airways British F1 Championship.

Steve Kershaw and Rob Wilson had finished last in the first of three runs for rounds three, four and five of the series at Brands Hatch, following a jammed gear.

Race two saw the pair battle from last place on the grid to a hard-fought 11th. But the third and final race saw the duo jump up to eighth and right on the back of seventh, when, while flat out at 160mph down the back straight, a mechanical failure caused the steering to jam and the duo had no choice but to go straight on.

Fortunately, Kershaw and Wilson kept the outfit under control and out of the gravel to bring the vehicle to a stop.

Kershaw said: “I thought ‘This is going to hurt’.

“But luckily there was plenty of run-off and I was able to get the brakes on hard before we went onto the grass.”

This weekend’s action is televised on Eurosport 2.

z Local drivers John Hogg (St Boswells) and Paul Ford (Earlston) were in action last weekend at Cowdenbeath Racewall.

In the opening heat Ford finished in third, while in heat two, Hogg ended up in sixth place.

However, Hogg retired during the opening laps of the final and Ford worked his way through the pack for a third-place finish.