SUPERBIKES: Double points finish for Hickman in season opener at Brands Hatch

Peter Hickman in action at the Brands Hatch circuit on Sunday. Photo: Dave Yeomans
Peter Hickman in action at the Brands Hatch circuit on Sunday. Photo: Dave Yeomans

Louth racer Peter Hickman scored two points finishes in the opening round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

Despite the lack of testing due to poor weather conditions Hicky managed to qualify his new on his GBmoto Racing Honda bike in 18th place and as the first race began he was quick to make up ground and settle into 13th place for the first few laps.

He was pushed back to 14th when ex champion Ryuichi Kiyonari went past and he looked to stay there for the duration of the 30 laps.

But everything changed when the race was red flagged on the last lap after a crash involving Hicky’s team mate Dan Linfoot and James Westmoreland who were both taken out when Keith Farmer caught Linfoot’s back wheel.

Although Farmer was able to continue both Linfoot and Westmoreland were excluded meaning Hickman was awarded 12th place.

He began the second race from a fourth row grid position and settled into 11th place for 16 of the 30 laps.

He moved past Farmer into 10th place but on the penultimate lap lost two places back to 12th and was overtaken on the final lap by PJ Jacobson to cross the finish line in 13th position.

“We were a bit on the back foot coming into this first race,” said Hicky.

“We havent had much time on the bike pre season in fact I only did a few miles before this weekend and therefore had a bit of catching up to do.

“But two points finishes is a good start to my season and we can only go upwards and onwards from now on in.

“It is a shame my team mate was taken out in that first race, he has a fracture to his pelvis so will be out for a few weeks and of course the bike is completely wrecked. Get well soon Linny!”

The series moves on to Thruxton for round two at the weekend, April 14.

Free practice is on Friday and Saturday ahead of qualifying on Saturday afternoon at 3.15pm. Race one over 20 laps is set for 1.45pm on Sunday followed by race two at 4.20pm.