British F2 Sidecars: Crawford and Hardie clean up at Croft

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LEE Crawford and Scott Hardie stormed their home round at Croft this weekend with two dominant wins to edge further up the FSRA championship order.

The Team ARC boys beat series leaders Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley to both race wins at the North Yorkshire circuit and even set pole as the only team on Yokohama front and chair tyres.

While the LCR Suzuki squad grabbed the early lead in race one, a mistake into turn two allowed DDM duo Founds and Walmsley to pass for the lead only for Crawford and Hardie to regain their advantage heading into Tower.

Clear and sunny skies turned to gloom and rain on Sunday, but the Team ARC duo still came out on top...
Clear and sunny skies turned to gloom and rain on Sunday, but the Team ARC duo still came out on top…

With a half second advantage on the first lap, Crawford and Hardie put their heads down and began stretching a gap as they pulled a 2.327s advantage at the chequered flag, leaving Founds and Walmsley to 20 point in second as Steve and Matty Ramsden held off Michael Jackson and Ben Binns to take the final rostrum spot.

Daryl Gibson and Ashley Moore crossed the line fifth to bag F2 Cup class honours and extend their championship lead, while Chris Schofield/Derek Taylor and Ralph Remnant/Samantha Tilley took second and third.

In a very wet second race on Sunday with a reverse grid to tackle, Crawford and Hardie shot forward from sixth on the grid to lead by the time the pack hit Clervaux.

From there, the two were never seen again as they pulled out three seconds on their very first lap with over 14s to spare by the time the flag dropped. Gibson and Moore bagged their highest finish of the season in second, while John and Jake Lowther bagged a lone third over a second clear of Founds and Walmsley, who had to settle for fourth.

F2 Cup leaders Gibson and Moore took full advantage of Sunday's rain to bag their highest overall finish of the season...
F2 Cup leaders Gibson and Moore took full advantage of Sunday’s rain to bag their highest overall finish of the season…

Simon Robinson and Phil Gravel took second of the Cup runners in seventh, with Michael Kirkup and Arlo Brown completing the Cup rostrum.

Crawford and Hardie may not have made massive dents in the championship lead, with 68 points to make up and only two rounds to go, but they feel their progress at Croft puts them in good stead going forward.

“We set a 1:29.631s lap time in race one, which is a personal best for myself and for Scott,” Crawford told UK Clubsport. “And I’m led to believe that’s the fastest lap around Croft for around 10 years on an F2, so that’s something to be happy about.

“We had some slight issues with gear change and chair pressure, but we made it work.  In the second race we just took it steady and watched our pit boards to bring it all home safely.

“It was great to win on home soil, especially on the Yokohama tyres. Thanks to everyone, especially to Scott and the team – top job all around.”

*Click here for results from the Battle of Britain meeting and FSRA Rd 6

*Images: Dirk Wharton

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