TODD Ellis and Charlie Richardson bagged a race and series victory in this afternoon’s Molson Group British Sidecar finale as Steve Kershaw and Ryan Charlwood celebrated the title.
With victory in today’s 14-lap scrap, Ellis and Richardson bagged enough points to pick up the cash prize and title of the Santander Salt International Sidecar Superprix winners, but it was their British F1 title rivals Kershaw and Charlwood who took enough points to be crowned champs.
At the start, Team ARC’s Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie rocketed into pole position on their short bike as they stormed down Paddock Hill, but by the time they hit Druids it was Phil Bell and James Connell who hit the front.
Reigning champs Ellis and Richardson tucked into third ahead of Holland and Christie, with Ricky Stevens and Jonny Allum slotting into the top five.
By the end of the second lap, however, Santander Salt’s Ellis and Richardson had cut through to the front as Crawford and Hardie dropped way down to eighth place.
As the leaders pulled a one-second advantage, World Championship contenders Tim Reeves and Kevin Rousseau were on the move in fourth, stalking Stevens and Allum.
While Ellis and Richardson were busy extending their 2.8sec lead just four laps in, Bell and Connell dropped to fifth, as Stevens and Allum moved into second with Bonovo Action’s Reeves and Rousseau right on their tail.
By half distance, the top three was locked out by International Sidecar Superprix runners as Reeves and Rousseau began chipping away at the leaders while Bennie Streuer and Ilse De Haas gave chase in third, while British F1 points leaders Kershaw and Charlwood looked to bridge the gap from fourth.
But Reeves and Rousseau didn’t have the pace to keep with Ellis and Richardson as the Santander Salt boys took victory just as red flags came out for Andy Peach.
Reeves and Rousseau secured second ahead of Streuer and De Haas, while Kershaw and Charlwood’s fourth place finish was enough to clinch the Molson Group British title.