Gold Cup: Crawford and Hardie double up in Sidecar races

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LEE Crawford and Scott Hardie doubled up today as the F2 sidecar duo edged out both Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes and Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle for two wins.

The Team ARC outfit launched into the lead early in race one ahead of pole position men Reeves and Wilkes, but the multiple World and British champion never let the LCR Suzuki escape by more than a second.

On lap three of six, the runner-up Klaffi Honda began to reel Crawford and Hardie back in, cutting their advantage to just 0.4 seconds on the penultimate lap.

But Crawford and Hardie held their challengers off with a defensive moved just a few corners from the chequered flag and took the first race win by 0.295 seconds as John and Jake Lowther bagged third some 14 seconds further back.

Reeves and Wilkes looked to be on for a redemption run in race two, but technical problems on the grid forced them out of contention before the race even began.

Once again it was Crawford and Hardie out front early, fending off a strong start from both the Lowther duo and the Ramsdens, Steve and Matty.

But the Team ARC duo were all but unstoppable as they stormed into the distance once again, leaving the Printing Roller Services Bellas Honda of Conrad Harrison and Andy Winkle to a lone second place.

Despite a late charge by the colourful LCR Honda of the Ramsdens, Team ARC/Katys Home Tanning’s Lowthers held on to the final rostrum spot by just 0.269 seconds.

*Click here for the full results from the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount

*Image: Dirk Wharton

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