British Superbikes frustration for Louth rider Hickman at Brands Hatch

British Superbikes rider Peter Hickman suffered frustration at Brands Hatch EMN-150720-115144002
British Superbikes rider Peter Hickman suffered frustration at Brands Hatch EMN-150720-115144002

Luck was again in short supply for Peter Hickman and the RAF Reserves BMW team at round six of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday

The Louth rider had just three points to show for his efforts after a difficult weekend in Kent.

The 28-year-old was left frustrated after Saturday’s qualifying session left him back in 15th on the grid for the opening 20-lap race around the 2.4-mile GP circuit.

But the race started well for Hickman with a good getaway off the line and had already made up a few places by the second corner, Druids, to leave him on the edge of the top 10.

However, Jason O’Halloran hit the back of Ryuichi Kiyonari and crashed out right in front of Hicky, and with literally no place to go, he too crashed out and his race was run after just two corners.

The mishap left him even further back on the grid, in 21st, for the second race later that day, and with lap times among the field tighter than ever, gaining ground was going to be a tall order.

By the end of the first lap, he was up to 17th, but by lap eight he’d slipped back two further places to 19th.

But the Lincolnshire rider showed his determination throughout the race as he slowly but surely moved forward in the second half of the race despite a loose foot peg.

He was ultimately rewarded with 13th place and three hard-earned points to maintain his 13th place in the overall standings.

Hickman said: “It’s been another weekend where things just haven’t gone for us and we’re in general need of a bit of luck at the moment.

“I made a good start in the first race and had made a couple of places off the line, but when we got to Druids the whole pack was bunched up and O’Halloran hit the back of Kiyo which left me with nowhere to go.

“To have a race end so soon through no fault of our own was hugely disappointing and frustrating.”

He added: “I was way back on the grid for the second race and it was hard to make any passes as the riders in front were all lapping at a similar pace.

“To make matters worse, my foot kept slipping off the foot peg which I thought was oil, but turned out to be a loose foot peg.

“I kept going and gave it 100 percent the whole way, but I don’t feel that we deserve to be in 13th place. All we can do is keep working hard and hope that the tide will turn soon.”

The next round is at Thruxton from July 31 to August 2 as the championship enters the second half of the season.