MOTOR SPORT: THE youngest sidecar crew in Britain have won their first trophy.
Craig Chaplow, 26, and Steve King, 20, are in the midst of their first full season of racing in Formula 2 Sidecars. Still getting to grips with the tough formula, an outing at Mallory Park provided highs and lows.
Race one went well at the Leicestershire track with the Crewe pair finishing as the top novices in the contest. Race two started even better as they battled from the rear of the grid to sixth place. But in the penultimate lap, passenger Steve missed a hand grip on a difficult chicane and fell off, leaving his nonthe-wiser mate going solo!
Driver Craig did not realise until the next corner, where he had to fight to prevent the machine from flipping over. Fortunately, he managed to stay on and, as Steve escaped uninjured, the lads regrouped for the next round at Aintree, Liverpool, on their 600cc machine.
A damp course meant racing got under way late with a reduced programme. Twenty-three sidecars took to the grid and the Crewe boys were happy to make it through the field to take 13th spot.
The second race was the last of the day. The pair made early progress and were soon locked in battle with Geoff and Carolyn Buckley, from Flint, for third place.
They won it and soon moved up into second spot where they held on to bag their first-ever silverware. Craig, from Dario Gradi Drive, said: 'We are delighted with our first trophy. We have done enough so far to show we can improve and challenge for top places next year. We are already planning for that.'
Craig and Steve, who are next out at Oulton Park on October 3, would like to thank Neil Beckett Racing for continued support and Richard Garnett for their new paintwork. Anyone wishing to sponsor them can call 07974 924488.