Sidecar duo Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood crashed out of Sunday’s race in dramatic fashion, putting an end to their dreams of a Dutch win.
The double British F1 Sidecar champions were racing at the TT circuit in Assen in the Netherlands this weekend in the penultimate round of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship. They headed to the Dutch circuit determined to win a race but sadly it wasn’t to be.
Ricky said: “This year’s championship has been marred by technical problems with the outfit and we were desperate to secure a win, especially as we love racing in Assen.
“A win at this stage wouldn’t have won us the championship but it would have been a perfect thank you to our family, friends and supporters who have stood by our side throughout.”
After qualifying in sixth place on Friday, Ricky and Ryan took to a very wet track for the first race of the weekend on Saturday. The 10-lap race was red flagged after just six laps and they finished in fourth place which earned them 13 points in the rankings.
The pair were fighting tooth and nail with Steve Kershaw/Stuart Clark for the final podium position in Sunday’s 10-lap race but it all went wrong on the final lap when the outfit unexpectedly span round and flipped over, sending Ryan flying.
Ricky was able to walk out of the medical centre with only minor injuries but Ryan wasn’t so lucky with a broken foot requiring further medical attention when he returns to the UK later today.
Ricky said: “We are both hugely disappointed to end the weekend in this way. The bike felt the best it has done all year and a positive result would have been a just reward for all the team’s hard work.
“Things could have been much worse so I’m relieved we are relatively unscathed but I’m absolutely gutted for Ryan, who has broken his foot. Special thanks are due to all the marshals and the medical staff at the circuit for their help and assistance.”
This weekend’s events see Ricky and Ryan relegated to third place in the overall championship rankings. It is unclear at this stage whether they will be racing at the last round at Brands Hatch in two weeks.
Notes to editors:
• Ricky and Ryan are the reigning Hyundai Heavy Industries British F1 Sidecars champions.
• They raced to victory in 2015 with Ricky Stevens, from Portsmouth, as driver and Ryan Charlwood, from Dover, as co-rider.
• In 2016, they successfully defended their title after joining the Bournemouth Kawasaki team with Quattro Plant and Cool Milk as headline sponsors.
• Ricky and Ryan have rejoined the Bournemouth Kawasaki team in 2017 under the banner of JG Speedfit Kawasaki. They will be in the company of BSB riders Leon Haslam and Luke Mossey, road racer James Hillier and fellow sidecar team Costello/Hauxwell.
• For more information and updates, go to www.teamrickyandryan.com