After much drama Louth racer Peter Hickman came away from Thruxton with two more points finishes in round two of the British Superbike championship on Sunday to move to 13th in the overall rider standings after just four races.
But things did not go smoothly for the Lincolnshire ace as the weather disrupted most of free practice and eventually heavy rain forced officials to cancel the three leg qualifying session on Saturday afternoon and the grids were formed on times taken from free practice which gave Hicky a fourth row start to the first 20 lap affair on Sunday.
As the race got underway in dry conditions Hicky moved up into 11th place on lap two but then dropped back to settle into 14th until the safety car came onto the circuit when Keith Farmer crashed heavily on lap seven.
When the car left the circuit at the end of lap 10 it was race on although Hicky was unable to make much headway but a rider ahead went down on lap 15 which elevated him up to 11th where he remained to the chequered flag.
Once again starting from the fourth row Hicky began the second race well and moved straight into 10th place.
Twice the safety car was deployed for incidents and eventually the red flag brought the race to an abrupt end when Bridewell and Harris crashed on lap 13. Hicky was awarded 10th place and a further six championship points to add to the five he scored in the earlier encounter bringing his total to 18.
“The team, Lloyds British GBmoto Racing are delighted with my results as this is the best set of results from the British Superbike they have achieved,” Hickman said.
“To be honest we are lacking in track time as we were unable to do much pre-season testing and this weekend we have been on the back foot because we missed out on the three stages of qualifying because of the weather. We were unable to ride as the track was flooded in parts and it was too dangerous out there.
“But we are hopeful of getting out somewhere to get some miles on the clock before the next round.”
The next round is over the May Day weekend of May 4-6 when Hicky will be seeking to break into the top 10 in the two races.