Downham’s sporting brothers Elliot and Scott Ryan travelled to Canada Heights, Swanley in Kent, to compete in the final round of the 2015 Maxxis British Sidecarcross Championship, which had come down to the wire.
After five rounds of the championship it had still not been settled – defending champions Brown/Chamberlain leading Wilkinson/Kirwin by 49 points.
With over 30 of the country’s top teams entered, the #29 Honda powered outfit was laying 21st after the last round, the brothers having lost some impetus through Elliot’s fractured arm back in June.
A successful test session at the Eastrax venue suggested that fitness and speed were again on the up. Qualifying went well with a grid position of 18th.
The track was probably the most technical circuit on the championship calendar – tight and twisting and akin to the Dutch tracks found on the European racing circuit with a deep top surface.
Race one got off to a rather a torrid affair. Elliot tried to anticipate the gate and dropped the clutch.
The resultant back wheel spin meant a lack of traction when the gate finally did drop seconds later. Further incidents came after a large pile up. Having managed to restart it was then a battle to get into the points scoring positions. The brothers came home in a disappointing 27th.
Race two got off to a better start but then Elliot (the pilot of the outfit) let go of the throttle having landed heavy on one of the circuit’s demanding jumps.
His arm gave out and this caused him to head-butt the handlebars.
The outfit was pulled up and their season was over. Initial medical diagnosis suggested yet another broken arm/wrist but subsequent x-rays on the return to Lynn showed nothing more than a sprain.
Despite results not going their way in the final three rounds they have a rosy future next year.
This year’s final position was 23rd out of 40 registered starters in their first full season at senior level. They thank their pit crew, sponsors, family and friends for the support.