Louth rider Peter Hickman wins back-to-back Stars at Darley titles

Peter Hickman with his Stars At Darley trophy EMN-151210-120212002
Peter Hickman with his Stars At Darley trophy EMN-151210-120212002

Louth rider Peter Hickman took his second successive Stars at Darley title when he won both races at Darley Moor on Sunday.

He was fastest in free practice on Saturday and went on to take pole position for both 10-lap races.

In the first race, Hicky had just made it through to take the lead on lap five when Richard Cooper high-sided right behind him.

The race was red flagged and a result was declared at five lap distance which gave Hicky the win with a 3.14-second advantage over John McGuinness.

His best lap time was 52.66s which smashed the outright lap record which he set in the same race last year.

The second race went ahead with no problem and by mid-distance the Louth rider took the lead, extending it to 2.57 seconds at the chequered flag from runner-up Michael Rutter.

Hickman said: “I had an awesome weekend at Darley, won the title for the second year running and broke the outright lap record as well.

“A huge thanks to Lee Hardy Racing Mother Hubbard BMW team who put a faultless bike under me again this weekend.”

Hicky now turns his attention to the final round of the MCE British Superbike championship this weekend where he is currently 10th in the rider standings.

But with three races over the course of the weekend it is not impossible for him to end his season in seventh place to win the Riders cup.

In the last round he was able to stick with the leaders and finished the first race in third position. If he were to do the same at Brands Hatch he could find himself leapfrogging the riders just ahead to snatch seventh place in the standings.

The weekend begins with two free practice sessions on Friday at 10.15am and 3.15pm followed by a third session on Saturday at 9.35am.

The three-stage qualifying laps begin at 12.45pm ahead of the first 20-lap race at 3.45pm.

There is a 10 minute warm up on Sunday morning to check all is well with man and machine for the final two races of the 2015 season which take place at 12.30pm and 4pm. This will be followed by the championship presentation.