SMT Racing end British Championship season with triple race victory

SMT Racing finished the 2013 season exactly as they started as Adam Jenkinson and Tim and Tristan Reeves swept to a triple race victory at Brands Hatch but whilst the Reeves brothers had already wrapped up the Eastern Airways British Sidecar Championship, Jenkinson had to settle for second overall in the Pirelli National 1000cc Superstock Championship

The Knutsford rider came into the meeting 20 points adrift of season long rival Hudson Kennaugh, the South African needing only a tenth place to take the title. However, rain made conditions treacherous although a good start from the front row of the grid saw Adam immediately slot into second place. He took the lead for the first time a lap later but, for the remainder of the 14-lap race, it was tight with Adam, Tristan Palmer and Danny Johnson contesting the win. Positions changed hands regularly but Adam regained the lead on the final lap and took the chequered flag for his third win of the season.

However, Kennaugh rode a sensible race to finish seventh and take the title on 177 points, four more than Adam who ended the year with three wins and six podiums.

Speaking later, Adam said; “I did all I could today and whilst it’s disappointing to see the title slip from our grasp in the final third of the season, I’m delighted to take the win today and end the season on a high. The crash at Cadwell in August was what really affected us and I lost valuable points at a really crucial part of the year whilst illness at Silverstone also affected my performance. Second overall in the Championship though is something both the team and myself can be proud of and I’d like to thank everyone for all their support this year.”

The Reeves brothers also had their two races severely affected by the weather with the opening race of the weekend being particularly treacherous. A number of teams crashed out but Tim and Tristan kept their heads immaculately and with some precision sidecar driving, they came home over six seconds clear of Ben Holland/Lee Watson. The second race again saw a variety of tyre choices made by the crews and whilst Tim opted for full slicks in the damp weather, Andy Peach/Charlie Richardson chose intermediates and there was little to choose between the two pairings after a safety car period saw the pack bunch up.

With a dry line appearing, straying slightly off it spelt a distinct lack of grip for Tim and Tristan but they were determined not to let Peach and Richardson get the better of them and they edged them out by 0.669s for their 16th win out of 18 races contested. Indeed, their dominance of the series could be seen in the final standings as their tally of 490 points saw them end the season 168 points clear of Peach/Richardson with Holland/Watson a further sixty points back.

Looking back at the team’s highly successful season, SMT Racing’s owner Robin Croft added: "I couldn't have asked for a better end to the season! After the obvious disappointment of Silverstone, Adam came out of the blocks knowing what he had to do and won the race in extremely tricky conditions and under a lot of pressure. He withstood the pressure from Danny and Tristan to win the race but with Kennaugh finishing seventh, we just fell short of the title by four points. We're naturally disappointed but also extremely proud of Adam for the way he rode."

"Tim and Tristan were again exemplary in what were also very difficult conditions and swept to another emphatic double. We started the season with three race victories and ended the season with three race victories so I couldn't ask for more. I'd like to thank Tim and Tristan and Adam for how they've ridden and conducted themselves all year and also thank Alec, Fred and Steve for all their hard work and for making the season what it was."

The team now look forward to the Macau Grand Prix where Michael Rutter will be aiming to give them their second successive victory. The meeting takes place on November 13-16.



Pictures by Glynne Lewis

Phil Wain

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