Sidecar Wilson gets himself in a flap at Thruxton circuit

Lauder’s Kershaw Racing Formula One sidecar team made the long trip south to the 2.3-mile circuit at Thruxton in Hampshire for the fifth round of the Eastern Airways British Sidecar Championship.

Driver Stephen Kershaw and passenger Rob Wilson were hoping to build on two good finishes at Brands Hatch in the previous round.

Saturday morning’s qualifying session saw the team, averaging 104mph for the best lap, take eighth place on the grid for the two afternoon races.

From the start, the pair moved through the field to fourth place, their best ever finish in the event. Delighted with their performance, Kershaw and Wilson had only a few hours before the second race, so they had no time to rest on their laurels.

Only a few laps in, Wilson’s zip on his leathers came undone causing part of his race gear to flap about, not only dangerous for him, but no doubt causing more drag on the outfit. Despite this, they still managed to finish in seventh place.

Sunday’s third race was held before a huge British Superbike crowd in glorious sunshine. Settling into a good pace, the pair moved through the field and, when the two leaders collided with each other, found themselves in a comfortable fourth place.

With two laps remaining, however, disaster struck as a rod holding one of the wheels broke. Afterwards, a disappointed Kershaw stated that this would have been their best ever weekend for results if it hadn’t been for the mechanical failure. The team are currently in 10th place, with the next round at Donington Park in five weeks’ time.