STEVE Kershaw reclaimed the Jock Taylor Memorial Trophy this weekend as he did the double with Ryan Charlwood at Knockhill.
As the Molson Group British F1 Sidecar championship headed north, the Santander Salt Quattro Yamaha boys stretched their series lead over Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson to move 20 points clear with two rounds remaining.
Early signs were good for the reigning champs, however, as Ellis and Richardson headed the field in practice from John Holden and Jake Lowther.
Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie were noticeably quick on their Suzuki LCR short bike, slotting in around fifth fastest. Rob Biggs and Jeroen Schmitz also showed strong pace, just as they did on previous visits.
On a slightly damp track, Ellis and Richardson and SBR Racing’s Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney took charge to secure front row spots on the grid with Kershaw and Charlwood leading Ricky Stevens and Jonny Allum off the second row and the Christie Brothers not far off to take fifth on the grid.
As the pack streamed off down Duffus Dip, a great start by Ellis/Richardson carried them into the early lead chased by Blackstock/Rosney.
Kershaw/Charlwood took three laps to get by and into second place before setting off after the current champions. By lap six, the gap was down to under one second and the fight was on for the lead as Blackstock held third with Stevens/Charlwood and Holland/Tom Christie breathing down their necks.
On lap eight the former champ and by half-distance, Stevens/Allum were third, with Sam and Adam Christie up to fourth ahead of Holden/Lowther and the rapid Suzuki of Crawford/Hardie. Philp/Bryant came next and it took them just a lap to get by the LCR F2.
But there was no stopping Kershaw at the front as he and Charlwood crossed the line with almost a second to spare to notch up 25 points.
As the lights went out for race two, the charge was on as Kershaw/Charlwood made a quick getaway with Ellis/Richardson on their case and Stevens/Allum chasing.
Their Kawasaki team-mates Holland/Christie had a flyer and sat fourth on lap four, but just a lap later Holden squeezed the SBR Kawasaki past them to claim fourth.
The Christie brothers were attacking, but Holland kept the pressure on to hold the place.
Meanwhile, the gap at the front was next to nothing as Ellis/Richardson set about catching the leaders. Kershaw responded, however, and had pulled a slight gap at half distance as Philp/Bryant closed in on Crawford/Hardie for seventh place. With four laps to go, the pair of Santander Salt bikes at the front were flying in formation, some 10sec ahead of Stevens and Holden.
And while it was nip and tuck at the front on the final lap, Kershaw kept his cool and completed his home turf clean sweep ahead of title rivals Ellis and Richardson as Stevens and Allum bagged third.
Kershaw and Charlwood’s lead in the standings now sits on 120 points, 20 clear of Ellis and Richardson with the Christies third on 74, Stevens and Allum 10 further back and Holden and Lowther fifth on 58.
The next round takes outfits to Donington Park in just over a week on the weekend October 2-4.