WE are so happy we could burst with pride!
Our very clever friends at Kershaw Racing have been and gone and done it – they have won the British F1 Championship sidecar title with two races still to go. How amazing is that!
KCP are so proud to be one of the sponsors of driver Steve Kershaw, and passenger Stuart Clark, who nailed the Championship title after race one at Caldwell at the weekend and can now enjoy the rest of the season pressure free.
And this week Steve told us: “It feels amazing to have won the British Title, It is something personally I have wanted since I was a young boy of 10! I has been a long hard road but we as a team have never given up.
“Winning it with two rounds to spare is fantastic as we can relax for the final two rounds and enjoy the end of the season without the pressure of winning or losing.
“We pushed hard all season to achieve this and our hard work has paid off. We want to thank all our sponsors for supporting us all the way and feel that this British Championship win if for them too!”
The lads started the weekend series leaders but left it late to claim pole for the first race but when they did it they did it in style beating the lap record with an impressive final lap in the session of 1.32.153, a clear one point four seconds ahead of Todd Ellis and Chaz Richardson.
What followed was an exciting first race offering plenty of tense moments with some impressive racing and in fact exactly half the field failed to finish at all! Steve and Stuart worked their way to the top of the podium and in doing so clinched the title.
But just to prove they deserved it they came out the next day and won again in a race which was described as “a great exhibition of sidecar racing in front of a live Eurosport TV audience, and kept the supportive Caldwell faithful very much on their toes”.
And what is even better they are the first Scottish crew to take the title since the legendary Jock Taylor almost forty years ago.
By coincidence the team’s next outing will be in September at Knockhill in Fife to defend the Jock Taylor memorial trophy they won last season.
And while the end of this season will be more fun than frantic for the Kershaw team next season looks like it is going to be very exciting indeed as they defend their sparkly new British F1 crown and also dip their toes into the FIM World Championships.
Steve said: “Next season the rules change and we have to change engines, so a new challenge lies ahead. The rules are changing so that you can no longer run a 1,000cc engine only a 600cc engine. The World championship has already made the change so the British is following on.”
And he tells us that the change in engine power rules will make the racing even more fun and challenging because: “The racing will be much closer as there isn't the same difference between engine power, some of the 1,000cc engines can be 20 BHP more than others, where the 600cc are likely to be five BHP and they are lighter so handle better and corner faster. It is going to be great!”
Of course it is! And we will be following every step of the way. Congratulations guys you have done so well.
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