SIDECAR aces Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie went out in style this weekend as they dominated the lone FSRA British F2 outfit scrap at Oulton Park.
And despite not winning the title, the Team ARC duo are delighted to sign off the season on top form – especially in the mixed conditions thrown at them this weekend on the Cheshire circuit.
The pair stole pole position from Isle of Man TT winner John Holden and his podium-winning chairman Lee Cain in a tyre gamble qualifying session, while the Ramsdens and Manx ace Dave Molyneux and Harry Payne lined up just behind.
But Crawford and Hardie proceeded to destroy the field in the one and only race ahead of Sean Hegarty and James Neave, with Molyneux and Payne taking third after Holden and Cain retired to the pits, while the second race was abandoned.
With the hard work now all but over, Hardie says he’s looking forward to some time off as he recoups for next year.
“Oulton has always been a bit of a tricky circuit for me after our accident in 2015 when we had a brake failure,” he told UK Clubsport.
“But this weekend was Scott’s first real attack the place. Friday practice we had two practice sessions, one dry and one wet. We usually abort the wet practice but I thought it would be good to get a feel for the circuit on slicks in damp conditions for the apparent weather we were expecting Saturday.
“Then in qualifying, we were one of only three or four outfits on slicks while the rest of the field chose wets, and in the closing stages we took pole from Holden and Cain.
“In the race, again five or six outfits chose slicks, including ourselves, with the rest of the field on full wets. We got a clear getaway in very tricky conditions, but came home with a 17s win over Sean Hegarty, who also chose slicks.
“It’s been a long hard season with many positive results, but I’m looking forward to some off time now and awaiting the arrival of my daughter, which should be in the next two weeks.”
While Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley had already wrapped up the blue riband Super F2 crown, Daryl Gibson and Ashley Moore settled for third this weekend behind winners Chris Schofield/Derek Taylor and Brian Ilaria/Olly Lace to secure the F2 Cup championship.
Crawford and Hardie had headed to Darley Moor for the Stars event’s sidecar race on Sunday, but were sidelined after clocking personal best lap times with a faulty ignition amplifier.
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