LEWIS Blackstock and Paddy Rosney dominated the opening Molson Group British Sidecars race of the weekend amid drama at Donington Park.
The DHR/Express Tyre Services duo cleared off from the word go to control action from lights to flag, while a battle ensued for the podium places behind.
But there was drama before the warmup laps were even finished as FSRA F2 champs and UK Clubsport cover stars Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie had a coming together with the Birchalls as the title favourites hit the grass with a damaged wheel arch while Crawford and Hardie were forced to pull into pit lane.
With both out of contention and off the grid, it was Blackstock and Rosney who took the holeshot with John Holden and Jason Pitt taking second, but as they stormed through Craner it was Birchall Racing’s Craig Currie and Justin Sharpe who moved up ahead of the two-time TT winner.
As Blackstock and Rosney stretched a 3.2sec lead with just three laps in the bag, the battle for podium spots was on as Andy Peach and Ken Edwards’ Life Safety Motorsport bike found a way through on the Silicone Barnes machine of Holden and Pitt to take over third place.
While the front two outfits continued to move away, Holden found a way through on Peach with just over two laps to go as Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley bridged the gap on their F2 bike to move within a few tenths of Peach in fourth, taking over with two to go.
By then, Holden and Pitt had also bridged the gap to Currie and Sharpe and by the time they hit the Melbourne Loop, the roads man had taken the lead before Currie hit back to reclaim second a few corners later.
As Blackstock and Rosney crossed the line a whopping 15sec up the road to take victory, it was Currie and Sharpe who held on to bag second with Holden and Pitt third.