Louth rider Peter Hickman frustrated as MCE British Superbike Championship reaches Knockhill

Peter Hickman at Knockhill EMN-150607-165006002
Peter Hickman at Knockhill EMN-150607-165006002

Peter Hickman rode to a brace of points finishes at round five of the MCE British Superbike Championship on Sunday.

The Louth rider picked up a further 13 championship points at Knockhill, bringing his total to 44 and placing him 12th in the overall standings.

Hicky was left feeling frustrated and annoyed on Saturday afternoon when he was only able to qualify in 11th place for Sunday’s opening race.

Starting the RAF Reserves BMW from the fourth row, he was soon up to 10th place in the first 30-lap affair.

The short and twisty Scottish circuit is notoriously difficult for overtaking and Hickman was unable to make a move forward and completed his race in 10th.

Beginning the second race from the sixth row, Hickman completed the first two laps in 16th and moved to 11th before the race was stopped by rain.

The restart was an 11-lap dash to the flag and he held station in 11th through to the penultimate lap when moved up a place. On the final lap he finally passed Christian Iddon and took the chequered flag in ninth.

He said: “I was disappointed when the red flag caused the race to be stopped. I had just moved through to 11th and it was hardly raining.

“In fact I had set my fastest lap on the last one so conditions couldn’t have been that bad.

“I was a little disappointed with the results as I felt I could have done better, but I brought some valuable points back to the team and we look ahead now to the next round.”

The next round is at Brands Hatch, in Kent, from July 19 to 21 when Hickman will be seeking two strong results to move him closer to the overall top 10.