Steve and Dave had one objective when they began the 2019 Darley Moor Sidecar championship and that was to record a lap time of 1.10 or better and it’s fair to say that things haven’t quite worked out for a number of reasons over the course of the first 5 rounds. Was Round 6 to be the turning point?
!6 outfits were listed in the program and they included some of the biggest names in the 3 wheeling world for the boys to measure themselves against and by the time the grid formed ahead of race 1 14 machines were ready for battle. The pace was hot from the moment the lights went out and current world champions the Birchall were first away followed closely be the rest of the pack as positions and points were fought for and by the end of 8 laps not only had the team not been lapped by a record breaking #1 machine but they had also managed a new PB and the magic number? 1.08.73 followed, I imagine, by a little jig of delight back in the team awning!
Race 2 saw lucky 13 outfits line up and once again the Birchalls blasted away off the line only to suffer a mechanical failure that opened the door for the chasing #37 outfit of Dan Knight & Ben Hughes to take the win while the action behind saw Steve and Dave drop just out of the top ten but it was jig time again as the PB dropped to an amazing 1.08.12 and an average speed just shy of 80MPH. The result also meant the team bagged another 4 championship points to leave them lying in 4th place overall and still with an outside chance of taking the runners up spot and the final round in October.
The lads next outing will be at Oulton Park when they wildcard with the NG boys and girls.
After missing the first 2 rounds of the championship Ash is making up for lost time and rapidly climbing the leaderboard and was lying in 6th place in the Pre-Injection class after Rd 5.
Doubling up with an entry in the Open Solo class meant lots of track time and 4 races on the day. In a similar position to Dave Shallcross in the Peak Cup the Open Solo saw Ash line up against 18 bigger capacity bikes in a field of 20 and so 18th in race one (4th in class) and 15th (3rd in class) in race 2 were impressive results to take to the grid for the all important Pre-Injection races of the day.
Race one was run under almost ideal conditions and Ash enjoyed a race long battle with several of the other Pre-Inj protagonists as he crossed the line in an excellent 12th overall and 5th in class and so was chomping at the bit to get the second race underway while confidence was high.
In another action packed and rapid race that was sadly ended early when the 3 leaders all came down, Ash fought his way into the top ten and another 5th place in class to take home more valuable championship points that now sees him lying in 5th on 26 and a very good chance of overhauling the 4th placed rider at the final round next month.