LOUTH racer Peter Hickman powered his way to three strong points finishes on his return to superbike action at the weekend.
Hickman was deputising for the injured Dan Linfoot for Buildbase BMW Motorrad in round six of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park.
Hickman benefited from three races this time and the extra track time proved helpful as he got to grips with the BMW. However, Friday’s free practice was of little help as the torrential rain caused the racing to be halted.
In qualifying Hickman took the BMW through to the final session in seventh and was to start the first race from a second row grid position.
Race one on Saturday proved to be his best result of the weekend with Hicky making excellent progress after a steady start and was running second in the second wave of the riders a few yards behind the leading group.
He eventually passed Tristan Palmer and began to chase the riders ahead but was later caught and passed by fellow BMW rider Tommy Bridewell and finished in a fine eighth place.
In both of Sunday’s races Hicky began from the fourth row. He got away to a good start in the first and was soon up to 13th place but some seven seconds behind Chris Walker. But he got his head down and began to reel him in and by the penultimate lap was just four seconds adrift. Sadly Hicky ran out of time and crossed the finish line just two seconds behind Walker – another lap would have made all the difference.
These three strong results give Hicky a further 15 championship points taking his total to 27.
He has been asked to ride the bike at Brands Hatch in the next round but after that Linfoot should be fully fit to take back the reins.