After eleven years on the British Championship trail, Lauder’s Kershaw Racing sidecar team, sponsored by KCP, finally climbed onto the top step of the podium at Round 2 of the Hyundai Construction Equipment F1 series.
Savouring the sunny view across the scenic grassland of Cheshire’s Oulton Park, a clearly emotional Steve paid tribute to everyone who had helped get the team to the top.
“It feels like that we’ve really got the monkey off our backs now having come so close all last year and at Round 1 this year. That’s for all our families, friends and sponsors who’ve put so much time, effort and money into the last eleven seasons to get us where we are now.”
And where they are now is a healthy 27 points clear at the top of the Championship table and their competitors struggling to find the pace to keep with them.
Topping the timesheets all through practice and qualifying by almost 2 seconds a lap faster than the next outfit, the handling gremlins at Brands Hatch looked to have been eradicated, which Stuart confirmed.
“We took in the first meeting at East Fortune last weekend just to sort out the steering and ended up with a personal best lap and 4 wins as well. The outfit now feels like it’s on rails again.”
With only one race at Oulton, it was all or nothing and Steve fired the Santander Salt/Molson backed LCR into first place by the first corner and were never headed until the end, at one stage over 16 seconds ahead, but apparently throttling back in the later stages to control the gap.
Behind, Bell/Ramsey just held off Stevens/Charlwood for second as the race was red flagged with a lap to go. At the end, Steve and Stuart’s faces told a different story as a stone had stuck in the front disc and partially jammed the brake on which had caused the drop in pace.
Their luck had held though, allowing them a famous victory and the first F1 British win by a Scottish team since.
The next round is 15th to 17th of June at the high speed Snetterton circuit in Norfolk, with highlights of previous rounds on Motorsport TV, Frontrunner TV and You Tube, which also is showing the ‘Portrait of a Passenger’ documentaries about the team.