Lauder pair go Dutch for excellent podium spot

Stephen Kershaw and passenger Rob Kershaw in action in Assen
Stephen Kershaw and passenger Rob Kershaw in action in Assen

After a seven week break Lauder’s Kershaw racing Express tyres Lockerbie/Blinkbonny Quarry sidecar racing team made the trip to the 2.9 mile TT circuit at Assen in Northern Holland.

Lying third in the British Formula One Sidecar Championship driver Stephen Kershaw and passenger Rob Kershaw took part in two ten lap races over the weekend, which also included a round of the Dutch sidecar championship in the same races.

Qualifying in fifth place in a field which included the newly crowned Dutch World Champions Streuer and Koerts and the 2014 World Champions and championship leaders Reeves and Cluze, Saturday’s race was ran at lap record pace with the current Championship leaders breaking the lap record. Kershaw and Wilson settled into a fast pace hunting down Peach and Richardson who lie second in the Championship and continued to move into third place for the chequered flag.

Race two was reduced to eight laps and this time it was a battle with the World champions and the Championship leaders. The Borders duo stuck to their guns though to take another third place.

Next weekend the pair will be on home territory at Knockhill in Fife for the last round of the Scottish sidecar championship, which they lead and the Jock Taylor trophy, which they are also the holders of.

The next British Championship round is at Silverstone in two weeks time.

Bikes from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s are expected for Knockhill’s first Rewind Festival this Sunday. Owners will be taking a trip down memory lane as a gaggle of these iconic machinery tackle the famous twists and dips of the Knockhill Circuit, many as they did some 40 years ago.