PETE Founds and Jevan Walmsley have once again been crowned ACU/FSRA F2 British Sidecar champions after dominating the points nearly all season long.
The LCR Rowtec Suzuki duo went into the penultimate round this weekend at Mallory Park keen to clinch the title with a 57 point advantage over Steve and Matty Ramsden, but weather played havoc over the two-day combined event run alongside EMRA’s sixth round.
In a damp free practice session Saturday morning, the Ramsdens topped the time sheets just under 0.2 seconds ahead of Conrad Harrison and Andy Winkle, with Sean Hegarty and James Neave a further second back as Founds and Walmsley could only manage eighth.
But as the track dried out for qualifying later in the day, the defending champs were right back in the groove as they stormed to pole position 0.428 seconds clear of recent Marin Scottish Sidecar Cup winners Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie, with the Ramsdens less than a tenth back in third on the starting grid.
Wet conditions put all the FSRA outfits on edge in Sunday’s first race, and the championship leaders opted to take a chance on slicks.
But the track wasn’t drying out quick enough for the tyres to come into their own in time to benefit, and Crawford/Hardie blitzed the field to take a seven-second victory over Founds and Walmsley, with Howard Baker and Mike Killingsworth nearly 30 seconds back to complete the rostrum.
As the track dried out for race two, Founds and Walmsley needed a mere eight points over the Ramsdens to clinch the title. But the pair weren’t content with just a clinch – in signature style, they dominated the pack with a nine-second win over Harrison/Winkle and Hegarty/Neave to take their second championship on the bounce.
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