MOTOR RACING: Two points finishes for Louth’s Peter Hickman

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Peter Hickman came away from Brands Hatch with two points finishes under his belt on Sunday after completing his races in the fifth round of the MCE British Superbike championship in 13th and 15th places.

Hicky from Louth was riding the RAF reserves Honda and made it through to the second phase of qualifying to begin the first race from a fifth row grid position.

As the race got underway Hicky moved through to 13th place on the first lap and then to 12th where he remained to the chequered flag at the end of the 19 lap affair.

Hicky began the second race from the fourth row and although he was making good progress the race was red flagged on the second lap for a crash. At the restart the race was reduced to 18 laps, but once again progress was short lived as the red flags came out again this time because of rain.

Now reduced down to 15 laps the race got underway for the third time, this time on treaded tyres because of the rain. Hicky made progress through to 11th, but as he had never ridden the bike in the wet he had no settings and struggled to remain upright. He persevered and eventually crossed the finish line in 13th place to pick up three championship points to add to the four won in the first race, which brought his total to 12 after just two rounds.

“I am pleased we were able to score points in each race, but we had no date for the wet weather in the second one. I have not ridden the bike in the wet before so it was a guess to get it set up.

“We were not that far away, although I was fine on the GP section of the track I was not at all comfortable on the indy part. I passed John Ingram each time on the GP section and then he passed me back on the short indy section.

“In the dry I was fine as although in a straight line the bike isn’t the fastest on the track I was only 0.6s away from the fastest lap so am happy enough.”

The next round is at Thruxton on August 3 when Hicky will be seeking two more points finishes to add to his points tally.