Peter Hickman finishes British Superbike championship at Brands Hatch

Hicky. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Hicky. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Louth racer Peter Hickman brought the Lloyds British GBmoto Honda home safely in treacherous conditions in the final round of the British Superbike championship at Brands Hatch over the weekend adding a further five points to his tally taking his total to 113.

The weather played a significant part in proceedings at the Kent circuit and Hicky was only able to get through to the second stage of qualifying to start race one of three from a sixth row grid position.

As the riders formed the grid the rain was falling heavily which left the track surface very slippery and visibility very poor because of the spray and as the lights went out Hicky gradually began his move forward to hold 14th place for the majority of the 18 laps.But he was overtaken by Freddy Foret on the penultimate lap and completed the race in 15th place to pick up just one championship point.

It was hoped the weather would improve overnight but this was not the case and Hicky lined up on the sixth row of the grid for the start of race two. but right from the start it was obvious there was a problem. Hicky completed the first lap down in 26th position and spent much of the race playing catch up. He made it up to 15th on lap 12 but then encountered a problem and gradually began to fall back finally pulling into the pits to retire with a puncture.

Although the rain had stopped for the final race of the season the track surface remained wet and slippery. Hicky began his campaign from the fifth row and imediately began a move forward to 10th place. But his progress was short-lived and he dropped back to complete the race in 12th place to pick up four championship points taking his total to 113 and placing him in 11th place.

Hicky said: “The last race was a good finish to what’s been a tough weekend. The team worked really hard throughout the weekend to get me a bike I was happy with, as the mixed conditions made it tough to get a good set up. The puncture in the first race on Sunday was annoying as we were in a good position, but we were able to come back in the second race where, despite a massive slide coming through the final corner, I was able to battle back and score points.

“The season has been great, we finished eleventh overall and had some strong rides throughout the year. It’s a shame we couldn’t quite finish in the top ten for that final race but the whole team worked hard to give me a bike that was capable of it, so a massive thanks to them.”