Stevens and Charlwood eye second-successive title

Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood race for Portsmouth-based Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki  Picture: John Mushet

Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood race for Portsmouth-based Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki Picture: John Mushet

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The final round of the British F1 Sidecar Championship takes place this weekend at Brands Hatch and Portsmouth-based Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki are within arm’s reach of the title.

Driver Ricky Stevens and his passenger Ryan Charlwood will head to the Kent circuit with one goal on their mind – to secure their championship title for the second year running.

The duo currently lead the championship by 47 points over five-time world champions Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze.

Although this advantage gives them a comfortable lead heading into the finals, it does not guarantee the title yet.

Charlwood said: ‘Quite frankly, we would have liked to be in a more secure position at this stage of the championship but 2016 has been full of challenges for us.

‘Considering all that’s happened, a 47-point lead is a pretty good achievement.

‘As per tradition, the final round counts for double points so there are potentially 50 points available at Brands.

‘That definitely puts the pressure on us to perform well if we want to be champions again this year.’

The team has certainly had an eventful season.

As well as Charlwood sustaining a shoulder injury during round three at Knockhill, the pair have suffered numerous technical issues with their outfit.

However, they have achieved podium finishes at every single round so far which is what has given them the advantage they have now.

Stevens added: ‘Finally it has all come down to this.

‘We will need to consider every single move carefully.

‘Obviously, we always race to win, that is just our competitive nature, but we also have the title within our line of sight and we plan to keep our eyes firmly on the prize.’

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