RAF Marham rider Hickman defies pain barrier

2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R02, Brands Hatch, Kent. 17th April 2015.'Peter Hickman, Louth, RAF Reserves BMW Mandatory Copyright Notice: Tim
2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R02, Brands Hatch, Kent. 17th April 2015.'Peter Hickman, Louth, RAF Reserves BMW Mandatory Copyright Notice: Tim

Rider Peter Hickman, from RAF Marham team RAF Reserves BMW, fought through the pain barrier at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

After suffering a heavy crash in the opening MCE British Superbike Championship race, he claimed two hard earned points for 14th spot in the second to maintain a top eight position in the early table.

Having qualified in 22nd place for the opener, Hickman posted his best lap of the weekend in the morning warm-up so was feeling optimistic.

A good start saw him immediately jump to 15th. However, having just moved up to ninth he crashed out heavily at Clearways.

Fortunately, nothing was broken and he made the grid later in the day where he started from 13th. He was eventually relegated to 14th.

Team owner Lee Hardy said: “What a day! After the highs of Donington, we’ve been brought back down to earth with a bang – literally.

“The team did a mega job in turning everything round for race two.”

Oulton Park, Cheshire hosts round three on May 2-4.

Photo: Tim Keeton – Impact Images Photography