STEVE Kershaw and Ryan Charlwood were back to winning ways this afternoon after pipping Todd Ellis and Emmanuelle Clement to victory in today’s first Molson Group British Sidecar scrap.
The former British champs, who have been busy contending the FIM world series, took advantage of mid-race drama for the Birchalls and fended off fellow former champ Ellis to win by just over a tenth of a second.
Already confirmed champs, Ben and Tom Birchall blasted off pole position and within less than a lap, it looked like they were on for their now-customary victory.
They pulled out a few seconds in the opening laps and by lap five they were sitting pretty on the Haith Honda with 3.4sec to work with.
But it was all over for the 2021 title holders as they retired with seven laps to go with a split exhaust, leaving Kershaw and Charlwood to lead with Ellis and Clement chasing and DHR / Express Tyre Services’ Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney a half second further back in third.
As the laps wore on the three leading outfits were never separated by much more than a few tenths and with two to go, it was all to play for.
And despite a final-lap charge from Santander Salt duo Ellis and Clement, Kershaw and Charlwood held on to take the win by 0.130sec as Blackstock and Rosney picked up third less than half a second off the top spot.