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SUCCESS FOR OUR AMBASSADORS AS SEASONS DRAW TO A CLOSE

POWER MAXED RACING TASTE PODIUM FIZZ AT THE FINAL BTCC ROUND OF 2021 AS REEVES AND ROUSSEAU WIN SIDECAR BURNOUT AT LYDD

Just as the Bennetts British Superbike Championship held their season finale at Brands Hatch some seven days prior, the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship curtain came down in similar fashion at the Kent circuit last weekend. It was the final three chances of the year for RICH Energy-backed PowerMaxed Racing to bring home some silverware before the winter months and racing blues kick in.


Drivers Jason Plato and Dan Lloyd were in positive mood ahead of the finale and with Lloyd's recent form, expectation was high of another podium to head into the off-season. Qualifying on Saturday saw Lloyd set the 5th fastest time for a third row start while 19th for former champion, Plato, set the tone for his weekend in the Garden of England. With three races on Sunday, it was all to play for at Brands Hatch for the Bidford-based squad.


A sterling drive from Lloyd in race one saw the PMR man split the dominance of Honda to take fourth place and move up to the second row of the grid for race two later in the afternoon. Issues for Plato meant the Oxfordshire driver dropped to nineteenth ahead of race two. Major changes to Plato's Vauxhall Astra meant a pitlane start for the most successful driver in BTCC history. As race two got underway, Lloyd forced his way into second position and despite numerous incidents and safety cars, Lloyd held firm until the chequered flag to take yet another podium finish. JP was less fortunate as the pit lane start plus a pit for tyres meant his race was effectively over before the flag.


Race three for Lloyd and Plato didn't herald the heroics of race two as the pair couldn't replicate the success of mid-afternoon as Plato led Lloyd home in tenth with his teammate a not-to-distant thirteenth. The pair finished 11th and 14th overall in the standings as Lloyd's strong end to the season lifted him above Plato. In the Independent Standings the pair finished 7th and 10th respectively as the team took 5th place in the Independent Teams Championship.


Possibly the most active sidecar team in Europe were back in action once again as the pair finally got their chance to race in England. After the World Sidecar round that was to accompany the BSB finale at Brands Hatch was cancelled, Tim Reeves and Kevin Rousseau contested the Sidecar BurnUp at the Lord of Lydden festival in Kent. The pair took Pole Position for the four F1/F2 Sidecar races aboard their Adolf RS Yamaha 600 outfit and looked favourites for a clean sweep at the traditional end of season meeting.


The pair duly won all four races in the F1/F2 class, storming to victory on every occasion unheaded by the chasing pack. Eyes then turned to the Sidecar BurnUp to end the domestic season in the UK. Feeling confident going into the final race Reeves/Rousseau didn't quite have it their own way as the Payne/Wilkes pairing pushed their own 600cc Yamaha to keep the World Championship pair on their toes. At the flag it was Reeves and Rousseau by just 0.789s from Payne/Wilkes to lift the Sidecar BurnUp trophy. The pair now move on to Estoril in Portugal this weekend for the final round of the FIM World Sidecar Championship, where 125 points are up for grabs after the cancelled Brands Hatch round. Race one is the standard 25 points for the win before the remaining two are 50 points each. It's all to play for on the Portuguese Riviera!



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