Havant aces show class at Brands Hatch

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Ricky Stevens and Ben Holland snatched a brilliant one-two in round six of the British Formula One Sidecar Championship at Brands Hatch.

The Havant pair had problems in qualifying but delivered fine performances when it mattered most.

Stevens and his Dover-based passenger Ryan Charlwood claimed success for their Assured Office Solutions/Be Wiser team.

Meanwhile, Holland linked up with Lee Watson, from Essex, to take second place as they showed their worth against World Championship opposition.

Stevens was delighted with the result, which stretched his advantage in the overall standings to 57.5 points.

Alongside Charlwood, he overcame reigning world champions Tim Reeves and Greg Cluzes, who had claimed pole position after setting a blistering pace in qualifying – only to be forced to retire on the opening lap.

The triumphant Havant driver said: ‘I thought we could have run with Reeves after the pace we had in qualifying.

‘I had to nurse the sidecar home as we were having some braking problems.

‘But it was another great effort by the whole team.’

Holland was equally delighted with his British JH Racing Finning Cat team.

And he is aiming to build on the performance when the championships continues at Thruxton on July 31.

‘I’m delighted with a second place after all the problems we’ve had with the machine over the weekend.’ added Holland.

Both Stevens and Holland had to recover from tough qualifying sessions on Saturday.

A series of sidecar problems had left Stevens and Charlwood in second place behind Reeves and Cluzes, while Holland and Watson had to be content with ninth spot on the grid.

Stevens endured a tricky start to Sunday’s race, dropping to third place behind their closest championship rivals Andy Peach and Charlie Richardson.

But when Reeves retired with a problem on lap one, Stevens began to press for the lead.

He took his chance on lap four – relegating Peach to second place with a swift manoeuvre.

Meanwhile, Holland and Watson were starting to make their move up the field.

By the time Peach retired, the duo were sitting in third place.

Havant’s Holland then snatched second – and his best result of the season – when Finland’s Pekka Paivarinta up-ended his vehicle towards the end.

Holland now sits fifth in the overall standings – 88 points adrift Stevens.