Hickman’s finale to the Superbike season

Peter in action at Brands Hatch.
Peter in action at Brands Hatch.

Riding for the RAF Reserves Honda, Peter Hickman ended his season with three points finishing in the MCE British Superbike championship at Brands Hatch in mixed weather conditions.

Qualifying went well for the Louth-based rider who took the Mother Hubbard supported Honda through to the final stage of qualifying to start the first of three races from a third row grid position.

But the weather was against Hicky for the 18 lap opener as the track was wet and slippery due to the rain and he was only able to finish in 13th place.

The weather was a lot better on the Sunday and although there were some damp patches there was a good dry line to race on. Starting from the fifth row Hicky completed the first lap in 15th place and made steady progress through to take the chequered flag at the end of the 20 lap affair in 11th position.

Race three was run in the dry with Hicky starting from the fourth row.

He soon made it through to 10th place and at mid race distance he was up into ninth position. He was poised to move further upfield when the red flag came out to end the race because of a two bike crash. A result was declared at 17 laps distance with Hicky being credited with ninth place.

The 15 points awarded for the three races bring his total to 120, but he just missed out on a top 10 end to his season, finishing just five points away in 11th place - credit due to the Lincolnshire rider who missed the first three rounds, six races, at the start of the season.

Hickman said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Lee Hardy Racing and RAF Reserves plus Andrew from Mother Hubbard.

“The bike has been fantastic all year and I feel we have been punching way above our weight. I also would like to extend my thanks to all my personal sponsors, friends, family and fans for their continued support this year.”

Prior to the Brands Hatch races Peter was at Darley Moor where he contested the annual Stars at Darley races.

He dominated proceedings scoring pole position, winning both races and setting a new lap record.

He won the trophy back in 2012 and still held the outright lap record so to win the trophy again this year and also to better his existing lap record was a perfect result for the Louth rider.

Hicky will soon be reunited with his Ice Valley TT BMW as he is to make his debut at the annual Macau GP which takes place from November 13-15.