Luck was again in short supply for Peter Hickman and the Marham RAF Reserves BMW team at round six of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday with just three points to show for their efforts.
The 28-year old had been left frustrated after Saturday’s qualifying session left him back in 15th on the grid for the opening 20-lap race around the 2.4-mile GP circuit but it started well with a good getaway off the line. He’d already made up a few places by the second corner, Druids, and was on the edge of the top ten. However, a crash happened out right in front of Hicky. With literally no place to go, he too crashed out and his race was run after just two corners.
It left him even further back on the grid, in 21st, for the second race and with lap times amongst the field tighter than ever, gaining ground was going to be a tall order. By the end of the first lap, he was up to 17th but by lap eight he’d slipped back two further places to 19th.
However, the Louth resident, despite a loose foot peg, slowly but surely moved forward in the second half of the race to be ultimately rewarded with 13th place and three hard earned points. It maintained his 13th place overall in the title standings.
The next round of the series takes place at Thruxton, on Sunday, August 2.