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HICKMAN MOVES INTO SHOWDOWN CONTENTION AT CADWELL PARK

Smiths Racing BMW along with rider Peter Hickman elevated themselves into Showdown contention following round eight of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park as he claimed fourth and seventh place finishes for the Gloucester-based team.

Despite still suffering from illness due to an internal infection and having placed 11th overall across the three practice sessions at his local track, Lincoln-based Peter was confident he could improve upon that during Saturday afternoon’s Datatag Extreme Qualifying session which he did to slot into the middle of the third row for Sunday’s opening 18-lap race.

With the threat of rain in the air, a good start saw Peter immediately move up the order, but it was extremely tight amongst the leading pack and with overtaking notoriously difficult around the 2.18-mile Lincolnshire track, he had to settle for seventh place to move him up into sixth overall in the championship standings.

Hicky made a great start in race two aboard the Smiths Racing BMW and he comfortably ran inside the top six for the entire race distance. By the flag, he’d secured a superb fourth place finish in front of his local fans, much to their pleasure. The points haul from the day helped move him into the all-important top six Showdown positions, seven points clear of nearest rival Danny Buchan.

Team-mate Sylvain Barrier, meanwhile, was getting his first taste of racing around the challenging Lincolnshire circuit but he continually improved his times across the three days, and his qualifying time was almost two seconds quicker than what he’d recorded in the very first session on Friday morning.   After taking 18th in the first race, the Frenchman put in a stronger performance in race two and, aided by some more consistent lap times, he was rewarded at the end of the 18 laps with 14th place and two more championship points.

Peter Hickman: It’s been a pretty good weekend and although we’re still struggling a bit with grip and I’m still a long way short of being at full fitness, fourth and seventh place finishes are a pretty good set of results especially as I’ve now moved into sixth place overall and into one of the Showdown positions. Race one wasn’t too bad as the safety car period gave me a bit of a breather but the second felt more like two races and at half race distance I was beginning to flag a little. It was hard to keep my concentration, so I just tried to stay relaxed and hit all my markers. I kept fourth place until the end and now I’m in the top six, I’ll be doing everything I can to stay there.”

Sylvain Barrier: Cadwell Park’s a tough circuit to learn but I’m pleased with how I rode and each time I went out, I learned a little bit more about the circuit and the bike. As a result, I was able to improve my lap times in each session and with the whole team doing a great job as always, I was pleased to end the weekend with two more championship points. The next round is at Silverstone, a circuit I know well and one that suits me more so I’m very much looking forward to the three races there.”

Darren Jones, Team Co-ordinator: “It’s been a good weekend and although Pete’s health still isn’t anywhere near 100%, we’ve achieved our aim of moving into one of the Showdown positions. Cadwell’s a very physical track so it was always going to be two long races for him and whilst we still haven’t solved all the issues we’ve been having with the bike, we got a good haul of points and took advantage of other riders’ mistakes. Sylvain did a pretty good job as well at what is probably the hardest circuit for a series newcomer. He picked up two more points and was a lot more consistent with his lap times and now heads to circuits he knows well so hopefully he’ll pick up a fair few more points at the next rounds.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship race one (18 laps)

1 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)

2 Bradley Ray (Suzuki)

3 Jake Dixon (Kawasaki)

4 Glenn Irwin (Ducati)

5 Tommy Bridewell (Ducati)

6 Christian Iddon (BMW)

7 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)

18 Sylvain Barrier (Smiths Racing BMW)

 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship race two (18 laps)

1 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)

2 Bradley Ray (Suzuki)

3 Jake Dixon (Kawasaki)

4 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)

5 Glenn Irwin (Ducati)

6 Christian Iddon (BMW)

14 Sylvain Barrier (Smiths Racing BMW)

 

Championship Standings (after eight rounds)

1 Haslam 330pts

2 Dixon 230

3 Irwin 187

4 Brookes 174

5 Ray 159

6 Hickman 126

23 Barrier 9

 

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