Dynamic duo Stevens and Charlwood dominate Sidecar races at Thruxton

Ricky Stevens, fourth from right, and Ryan Charlwood, third from right, on the podium. Picture: JCM
Ricky Stevens, fourth from right, and Ryan Charlwood, third from right, on the podium. Picture: JCM
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Leaders Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood continued their scintillating form with three wins in round seven of the British Formula One Sidecar Championship at Thruxton.

It was the perfect weekend for Havant driver Stevens and his passenger Charlwood.

Ricky Stevens, from Havant, and his passenger Ryan Charlwood in action at Thruxton. Picture: Neil Marshall

Ricky Stevens, from Havant, and his passenger Ryan Charlwood in action at Thruxton. Picture: Neil Marshall

Their AOS/Be Wiser team extended their championship lead to 72.5 points and they have now won seven of the past eight races.

The Thruxton meeting was their home round and they lit up the venue with three sensational race wins.

Stevens was thrilled with the outcome.

He said: ‘What a weekend. Three wins and two lap records.’

What a weekend. Three wins and two lap records

Ricky Stevens

Also competing was the JH Racing Finning Cat team of Havant driver Ben Holland and his passenger Lee Watson.

They finished fourth in race two but also suffered two retirements.

It was a busy weekend with Friday practice and qualifying and two eight lap races on Saturday, then a Sunday lunchtime televised race.

This circuit is the fastest in the country and very unforgiving on riders and their machines.

Stevens and Ryan finished second in qualifying, behind main rivals Andy Peach and Charlie Richardson.

Holland and Watson qualified in fourth place.

In race one, Stevens and Charlwood broke the lap record with a time of 1min 18.006sec and took the victory with an eight-second margin.

Holland and Watson were third until the head gasket on the engine blew.

Race two was even better for Stevens and Charlwood.

They again broke the lap record with a time of 1min 17.507sec – an average speed of 109.43 mph – and went on to win by 13.3 seconds.

Holland and Watson faired much better with an excellent fourth place.

On Sunday, Holland and Watson were running second until another mechanical problem ended their race.

‘We were going so well and after all the team’s hard work we just had more bad luck,’ said Holland, now fourth in the Championship.

Stevens and Charlwood took the chequered flag again, 12 seconds ahead of Peach and Richardson.

‘Ryan did a superb job and thanks to all the team and sponsors AOS, Somrow Construction, DFDS Seaways, Molson, E Payme, Stevens Developments, Cool Milk, Matco Tools, KGN Pillenger, Qube, Power Maxed and Maple Manor Parking,’ added Stevens.

The next round is in seven weeks at the TT circuit of Assen in the Netherlands.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Wayne Stevens on 07599 271829.