MOTOR RACING: Hickman happy with two points finishes at Oulton Park

Peter Hickman - Photo: Dave Yeomans EMN-141108-091640001
Peter Hickman - Photo: Dave Yeomans EMN-141108-091640001

Peter Hickman experienced a good weekend at Oulton Park securing a seventh and 13th place finish, but crashed out of the third race in slippery conditions.

Qualifying went very well for the Louth based rider who made it though to the third stage to secure a third row grid position in eighth place for the start of the first of three races at the Cheshire circuit.

As the race got underway Hicky got a fantastic start and settled into seventh place on the opening lap.

He maintained his position throughout the 15 laps on Saturday to claim the best result of the season for the RAF Reserves Honda team to pick up nine championship points.

It was doubtful whether Sunday’s races would go ahead, but the rain stopped prior to the start of race two and although the track was still damp there was a drying line.

Hicky started the race from a fourth row grid position but was never in contention and on lap four he lost the front at Lakeside when he caught the white line.

With the bike back up and running Hicky started the third race from the seventh row and completed the first two laps in 20th place.

He kept chipping away at the riders ahead and worked his way up to 16th place on lap 13 of 18.

He was gifted two places when two riders ahead crashed out at Old Hall Bend and on the final lap Mark Farmer crashed, which elevated Hicky up to 13th place to claim a further three championship points, bringing his total to 34 and placing him 17th in the rider standings.

He said: “Sunday didn’t turn out the way I had hoped, I came off in race two and then in the third race I took a long time to get going.

“I want to say a big thanks to the team, they were mega this weekend and the bike was in top form.”

Hicky will now travel directly to Ireland to make his debut in the Ulster Grand Prix road race.

He competed in his first ever road race at the North West 200 in May, also sealed a magnificent eighth place finish in the Superstock TT on Paul Shoesmith’s Ice Valley Racing BMW S1000RR and will team up with Shoesmith again for the Ulster Grand Prix and will also ride the BMW Superstock machine at the Macau Grand Prix in November, where Hickman will also make his debut.

“After the TT, I thought the only other road race I’d do this year would be Macau, but the Ulster Grand Prix organisers pushed for me to make my debut and they have put together a deal for ‘Shoey’ and the team and I’m really looking forward to it,” Hickman said.

“I’ve been over to have a look at the circuit and with it being fast and flowing it should suit my style. I’ve really enjoyed the roads this year and Shoey and the Ice Valley boys are a great bunch, so it’ll be nice to get back out there and I can’t wait to get cracking.

“Obviously I’m back in short circuit action now as well with the RAF Reserves team so it will be interesting to see how I adapt but I’ll approach it in the same way as the North West 200 and TT and look to enjoy myself.”

Hickman will sport a new Ulster GP-themed livery on Shoesmith’s S1000RR Superstock machine at Dundrod. Practice takes place on Wednesday and the Ulster GP is set to take place on Saturday (August 16).