British F2 Sidecars: Crawford and Hardie crowned champs at Croft

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LEE Crawford and Scott Hardie have clinched the FSRA British F2 Sidecars championship with a round to spare after splashing to victory at Croft today.

The Team ARC duo wrapped up the weekend’s first of two races with a 10sec gap over Harry Payne and Mark Wilkes and with enough points to spare over the squad, who currently sit second in the standings, it’s the local boys who have lifted the crown.

After qualifying more than 2.5sec clear of Payne and Wilkes to take pole, with John Lowther/Matthew Rostron and the Ramsdens chasing from the second row of the grid, Crawford and Hardie were off like scalded cats as race one got underway at Croft’s annual Battle of Britain meeting.

From the off, they were all but untouchable as the local team stretched a gap lap by lap with Payne and Wilkes fighting to keep touch. And despite the Manx squad’s best efforts, Crawford and Hardie were untouchable as they cruised to a 10.325sec victory.

While second went easily to Payne and Wilkes, it was a battle for third as Lowther and Rostron fought to the very last lap as they held off Conrad Harrison and Jake Lowther to bag the final rostrum spot.

With three races left in the series, including next month’s finale round at Knockhill, the Team ARC boys were crowned Super F2 champs. But the fight for Cup honours rolls on with Payne and Wilkes just a few points shy of wrapping up their title.

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