Over the Easter weekend, Mellorbrook sidecar champion John Holden and his passenger Andy Winkle from Stoke made the trip to Snetterton in Norfolk for the start of the British Formula 2 Motorcycle Sidecar Championship.
This year’s seven round, 14-race championship promises to be as competitive as ever, with several former champions competing, and new young talent emerging
.Now back to full fitness after his crash at last year’s Isle of Man TT, the 2010 Formula 2 champion was totally focused on the forthcoming season. In freezing and snowy conditions on Saturday morning, only three qualifying laps were possible. The duo qualified in pole position, posting a very impressive lap time of one minute 20 seconds, at an average speed of 88 mph.
With 20 sidecars making up the starting grid over the two-mile course, John was confident that they could produce this form in the first race. With conditions improving in the afternoon, the 13-lap race was a hard-fought affair, with the pair being right in the mix of things at the start, battling with the 2012 champions Ian and Carl Bell.
With John again using a 600cc Suzuki-powered engine, which has brought him much success in the past, he powered away and won the race by a very comfortable 14 seconds.
With improving conditions on Sunday, John again powered off the start line and drove a superb race to complete the double, winning by 14 seconds at an average speed of 90 mph. He also had the fastest lap in both races.
John was delighted with the weekend’s work and felt there was much more to come with the sidecar during the season, feeling much more at home with the Suzuki engine.