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Webster & Woodhead double at Croft - June 27th 2004

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    Webster and Woodhead lead at Croft

    Team Castrol Suzuki pair Steve Webster and Paul Woodhead continued their winning streak with another superb double win at Croft at the weekend.

    Two convincing wins and an outright lap record gave Webbo a maximum 50-point haul, and extend his lead over Tim and Tristan Reeves to 44 points.

    Saturday's opening race win came in damp, dismal conditions with a wet track and rain flurries hampering the proceedings.

    After the Reeves brothers on the Team M&M Suzuki streaked off to a lead, Webster was forced to follow for the first five laps, looking for a way through:

    "Tim set off at a fair pace, and took some catching in the first few laps. But then we started to find a drier line and we got past when he ran a bit wide. Once we got in front and got a bit of a lead we were ok. My main concern was the weather - the track was wet and it looked as though we could have had a downpour at any moment, which would have slowed things down a bit" explained Webster.

    Reeves knew he'd given Webbo the opportunity the 9-time World Champion was pressing for:

    "I was too fast into the right-hander at the end of the back straight, and ran straight on", explained Reeves. "By the time I got the machine back on line I was in the wrong gear coming out of the corner and Steve out-accelerated me. You can't afford to give him those opportunities and he made us pay for it."

    Webster steered his GXSR1000 powered outfit to the chequered flag with an eleven second advantage at the flag.

    Third place went to Richard Gatt and Paul Randall on their GRS Suzuki for their best result so far this season, while Derek Brindley and Neil Miller fought their way through from 11th place on lap 1 to take fourth on their Readymix Suzuki.

    For Race Two on Sunday though, the sun came out to witness a thrilling event-packed race.

    Once again, Reeves was away, and Webster didn't give him the chance to make a break for it. But after six laps of high speed action the race had to be red flagged following a spectacular three-outfit pile up. The crash, at half race distance, involved drivers Stuart Woodard, Gary Horspole and Mike Ibbotson, all who remarkably escaped serious injury.

    With debris strewn across the circuit, the sidecars were immediately stopped by race control and returned to the pits.

    With less than 75% of the planned race distance run, rules dictated a second leg with times to be aggregated. First leg results taken from the end of the preceding lap - lap 5 - gave Webster a short advantage. A further seven lapper was then run to give a full race distance of twelve laps.

    This time Webster was in no mood to hang around, and soon carved out a lead, on the penultimate lap smashing the 2.172 mile circuit's outright motorcycle lap record with a time of 1min 23.92 seconds, almost five seconds faster than the old 1997-established sidecar lap record.

    But Webster wasn't quite finished putting on a show - on the final sprint to the flag he screwed the power on hard, exiting the hairpin with a lurid powerslide, sending up clouds of blue smoke, much to enjoyment of those watching.

    Gatt and Randall took another third place.

    "It's been a good weekend, and it was a relief when the sun finally came out! Two wins helps take us another step in our British Championship bid, and getting the lap record was the cherry on the cake.," said a happy Webster.

    The two wins now put Webster into a 44-point lead in the series after seven races. Next round of the series sees the sidecars returning for the second time this year to Knockhill, Scotland, next weekend.

    Eastern Airways British Sidecar Championship Race Results:

    Round Six: Croft Circuit, Saturday 26th June (12 laps 25.20 miles):

  1. 1, Steve Webster - 20m 17.34s, 75.48mph
  2. 2, Tim Reeves - 20m 28.98
  3. 3, Richard Gatt - 20m 58.64
  4. 4, Derek Brindley - 21m 00.49
  5. 5, Stuart Muldoon - 21m 05.90
  6. 6, Greg Lambert - 21m 11.16
  7. 7, Andy Peach - 21m 13.12
  8. 8, Bryan Pedder - 21m 35.11
  9. 9, Bill Philp - 21m 41.70
  10. 10, Ben Birchall - 21m 50.33
  11. Round Seven - Croft Circuit, Sunday 27th June (12 laps 25.20 miles):

  12. 1, Steve Webster - (Suzuki): 17m 28.60s
  13. 2, Tim Reeves - (Suzuki): 17m 31.64s
  14. 3, Richard Gatt - (Suzuki): 17m 47.17s
  15. 4, Bill Philp - (Yamaha): 17m 58.58s
  16. 5, Stuart Muldoon - (Suzuki): 18m 07.35s
  17. 6, Bryan Pedder - (Suzuki): 18m 07.46s
  18. 7, Ben Birchall - (Yamaha): 18m 09.12s
  19. 8, Andy Laidlow - (Suzuki): 18m 28.54s
  20. 9 Steve Norbury - (Yamaha): 18m 36.87s
  21. 10, Stuart Woodard - (Yamaha): 18m 39.10s
  22. Championship points:

  23. 1 Webster 145
  24. 2 Reeves 101
  25. 3 Derek Brindley (Suzuki)76
  26. 4 Greg Lambert (Suzuki) 68
  27. 5 Gatt 64
  28. 6 Philp 63
  29. 7 Pedder 46
  30. 8 Muldoon 40
  31. 9 Woodard and Birchall 33
  32. Next round: Knockhill, Scotland July 2-4

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