Round one of the Hadrian Marine British Sidecarcross Clubmans Championship 2016 at Binstead, Hampshire took place on Sunday, following the long off-season.
Downham brothers Elliot and Scott Ryan used this, the feeder championship to the full British Championship, for track time. They spent the winter working on fitness and changing their outfit to a Zabel powered unit favoured by many of the successful European and World teams.
After good practice, the brothers gained a lightning start on the 100m or so start straight, gaining the “hole shot” to the first tight right hand corner. Having hit the corner first the unit tipped, jettisoning them both ahead of the field of 40 side-cars.
The brothers remounted and despite a valiant effort, they finished outside the point scoring positions but luckily no damage done.
Race two saw the #23 outfit opt once more for an inside gate but this time the first corner didn’t bite back as they went through in third position. In a calculated ride the brothers picked off the second place outfit.
Elliot said after the race that the second placed outfits “looked to be struggling” when passing them. At three-quarter distance, the duo powered into the lead, to have a comfortable first-ever win in national competition.
Race three saw the brothers opt for an outside gate. The first corner was reached in second place and that’s the way it stayed until the chequered flag with a very consistent ride.
They were pleased with an outstanding performance so early in the season.
They now have two weeks to prepare before the first round of the Maxxis British Sidecarcross Championship 2016 at Frome in Somerset. Competition will be harder but top 10 finishes look possible. Elliot and Scott thank their pit crew, sponsors, family and friends who made it possible to compete.