Despite a clutch problem and a puncture Louth rider Peter Hickman recorded three points finishes in the triple header seventh round of the MCE British Superbike championship at Oulton Park over the weekend taking his total points haul so far to 64.
Racing for the Lloyds British GBMoto Superbike team Hicky qualified for the first race on Saturday in 12th place and began the race from a third row grid position at the scenic Cheshire circuit.
The race was red flagged after just one lap and when the grid reformed Hicky dropped a couple of places on the first lap.
But he persevered and eventually crossed the finish line in 12th place to pick up another four championship points.
“I was struggling a bit with a clutch problem,” said Hicky afterwards.
“It did hamper my progress somewhat but I managed to bring her home for 12th place. Hopefully we will go better in the two races on Sunday.”
But it wasnt to be as on the sighting lap the bike suffered a puncture and Hicky had to return to pit lane for a swift change of tyre and started the race from pit lane at the very back of the field of 25 riders.
At the end of the first lap he had clawed his way through to 21st and then picked off the opposition until he reached 12th place on the final lap.
He said: “I got a puncture on the way to the grid but the team did a fantastic job to get the bike turned around and thus minimise the amount of time lost which allowed me to fight my way through the back markers to finish in 12th place once again.”
The final race of the weekend was a close run affair with Hicky fighting for position within a large group of riders.
He held 12th place for much of the race but was beaten back to 13th on the penultimate lap and crossed the finish line in that position to pick up a further three championship points to add to the eight scored in the two previous races bringing his total to 64 which puts him 12th in the overall rider standings.
The next round is on home tarmac at Cadwell Park over the Bank Holiday weekend of August 24-26 and with a large fan base at his local track to cheer him on Hicky will be seeking two strong results to add to his points tally.