The ninth round of the MCE British Superbike championship took place at Donington Park over the weekend resulting in two points finishes for Louth rider Peter Hickman.
Riding the Lloyds British GBMoto Honda Hicky scored an 11th and 13th place to pick up a further eight championship points taking his total to 89 with three rounds remaining.
Once again the weather played its part with heavy rain on Friday causing Hicky to miss out on valuable set up time as he, along with most other riders, opted to sit out the first two free practice sessions. The third session on Saturday was dry and Hicky made the most of the track time to get some laps under his belt prior to qualifying later in the day.
He sailed through first qualifying and easily made it through to Q2 but as he began his first flying lap he crashed at Redgate and was forced to sit out the remainder of the session. This left him down in 17th place to start the first race from a sixth row grid position with a lot of work to do to get within touching distance of a points finish.
As the first race got underway on Sunday Hicky got away to a flying start and was up to 13th place at the end of the first lap. He edged his way nearer to Michael Rutter and eventually passed him on lap six of 20. He then set about catching Barry Burrell who was circulating a few seconds ahead of him. He gradually reduced the gap between them but although he closed in Hicky was unable to make a pass and crossed the finish line in 11th place to pick up five championship points.
Hicky began the second race from the fifth row and moved past Rutter on the second lap to chase after Howie Mainwaring-Smart, overtaking him on lap seven to move into 13th place. He was unable to make further progress and took the chequered flag in 13th position to be awarded a further three championship points which, added to his haul from the first race bring his total to 89. Although he remains in 12th position overall he has reduced the gap to the rider ahead to just four points and a good set of results from the next round could see him move up the rider standings.
“The weather on Friday didn’t help my cause,” said Hicky. “There was no point trying to ride in those conditions so we lost a lot of valuable set up time which left us on the back foot for qualifying. But I was happy with the first session of qualifying and anticipating a good second round. But it all went wrong as I rounded Redgate for the second time, I was caught out and slid off into the gravel my session over. From such a long way back on the grid I was never going to catch the front runners but I did score points in both races and closed the gap between myself and Mark Farmer who holds 11th place in the points table.”
The next round is at Assen in Holland on September 22 when Hicky will be hoping for better weather conditions and two strong results so he can add further to his points tally.