RAF Reserves Honda rider Peter Hickman took his and the team’s debut victory in the second race of yesterday’s 8th round of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship at a well and truly drenched Cadwell Park.
|Fastest TT/Ulster GP newcomer and first time BSB winner
Photo: MCE BSB
Hickman found himself without a ride at the beginning of the season but was brought into the Lee Hardy Racing squad after Simon Andrews tragically passed away following a crash at the NW200 in May.
Riding on a wave of confidence following his outstanding debut at the Isle of Man TT this year, Hickman progressed on the Honda CBR1000RR since his first appearance with the team at Knockhill in June, breaking into the top 10 finishers for the first time at Thruxton before claiming a solid 7th place at Oulton Park the next time out. The Lincolnshire rider was set to put in another stellar performance this weekend at his home track.
In the mildly tricky conditions of Sunday’s Datatag Extreme Qualifying, the fastest ever TT newcomer slammed his Honda into 5th place on the grid for Monday’s first race, to which he claimed a very respectable 6th place finish at the time the race was red flagged due to the weather conditions with 4 laps still left on the board.
After the weather conditions failed to make a firm decision on what they were doing during the first outing, the heavens opened significantly in time for race two to get underway. Hickman swiftly splashed his way to the front of the pack battling for top spot with triple champion Shakey Byrne for the opening few laps, before breaking free of the tow rope on Byrne’s ZX10R Kawasaki and sustaining a near 1.5 second gap for the remaining laps, pulling a very respectable wheelie across the finish line.
Visibly ecstatic with his first win (and second time on a BSB podium after a third place finish at Thruxton in 2010) in Cadwell’s make-shift Parc Fermé, Hickman dedicated his win to the late Simon Andrews. “It feels unbelievable to win and what a place to do it than at home! We are only a small team so to think of a podium finish is great, but to actually do it is unreal. I had nothing at the start of the season and it was such an unfortunate way to come into the races, so this win is certainly for Simon.”