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AOS BeWiser Brands Hatch Race Report

AOS BeWiser Brands Hatch Race Report

The final round of the British Formula one sidecar championship made its’ way to the 2.4 mile Brands Hatch GP circuit in Kent. The newly crowned champions of driver Ricky Stevens from Havant and his Dover based passenger Ryan Charlwood with their Portsmouth based AOS/Be Wiser team now knew that they could celebrate a superb season having won the championship two week’s ago at Silverstone.

Again the line up on the grid consisted of former World, British and Isle of Man Champions, and  teams from the Netherlands, Germany, and France the grid had a real international feel to it. Friday’s qualifying was held on a damp and greasy track with Ricky and Ryan settling for third spot behind the six times World Champion Tim Reeves and his passenger Greg Cluze and in second place Andy Peach and Charlie Richardson.

Two ten lap races would be contested on Saturday and from the start there was drama for all the teams. As they lined up on the grid it started to rain and although the track was damp there would be a problem with tyre choice. The race was declared a wet race and reduced to six laps. From the start Reeves took the lead and was being chased down by Ricky and Ryan. This is Reeves’s home circuit and he is virtually unbeatable here. Moving onto lap five as the got to the top of Paddock Hill the new champions made their move and took the lead. Reeves had no answer and was now being trouble by the 2014 Champions Hegarty and Neave. Pulling away Ricky and Ryan took the chequered flag just over a second ahead. This moved them to Pole position for race two, however they started from the rear of the 27 sidecar team grid. Cool Milk one of the team’s sponsors had offered them a £5000 bonus if they decided to start at the back of the grid and finish in the top three. With nothing to lose they took up the challenge. By the end of lap one they had moved up 11 places. By lap six they were in fourth spot, but this was just abit too much for them to make up on third placed Holden and Ramsay with the pace being set by Reeves at the front.

With 12 wins, and numerous lap records set the pair only failed to finish once during the ten round series winning the Championship by 124.5 points. Speaking afterwards Ricky said “It has been an amazing season. I would like to thank all our team and the sponsors who have supported us all season. Ryan has just been unbelievable as a passenger and thank you to him. To win this Championship is like a dream come true.” Ryan added “The support we have had is just incredible, everyone’s hard work has paid off.”  

You now have to ask who would bet against them repeating the feat in 2016?