Peter Hickman at MCE British Superbike championship Cadwell round

Peter Hickman. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Peter Hickman. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Local rider Peter Hickman rode to a seventh and eighth place on Bank Holiday Monday at his local circuit of Cadwell Park to pick up a further 17 points in the 2013 MCE British Superbike championship.

Qualifying went well and he made it through to the third stage to begin the first race from ninth place and a third row grid position.

As the first of the two 18 lap races got underway Hicky made a good start and maintained ninth place through the first four laps. One lap later he passed Ryuichi Kiyonari to move up into eighth and then to seventh on lap 14. But Kiyo beat him back to eighth at Park on Lap 16 and Hicky remained in that position to the chequered flag.

Starting from seventh place on the third row Hicky didn’t get away so well in the second encounter and remained in ninth place throughout the first eight laps but he inherited eighth place when P J Jacobson crashed just ahead of him. With a clear track ahead Hicky was able to make up ground towards Chris Walker but although he got to within a tenth of a second he was unable to make a pass. When Josh Brookes crashed on the last lap Hicky was elevated to seventh and took the chequered flag to pick up nine championship points which, added to the eight won in the first race brings his total to 81. Although he remains in 12th place overall he has closed the gap and is now only 20 points away from a place in the top 10.

“I am pleased with my two results today, I am still not quite where I want to be but am now able to run with the leaders. there have been one or two issues, some down to the bike and also some down to me but we are on the right track now and I am looking forward to the next round with renewed confidence.”

The next round is at Donington Park over the weekend of September 6-8 when Hicky will be seeking two strong results to add to his points tally.