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Three times world and current British F1 sidecar champions Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance rode to a double victory at Anglesey in Wales over the weekend where they were competing in the third round of the Yokohama/FSRA British F2 sidecar championship. This double win gives them 50 championship points which takes them straight onto the leaderboard in 10th place.
Fresh from their TT success Reeves and Farrance continued their run of top class racing with a visit to Anglesey in the F2 class but a problem with the suspension in qualifying denied the world champions a pole position and they had to be content with third place behind pole setter Nick Crowe and the second place outfit of Simon Neary.
But as the first of two races got underway Reeves was quick to make it through to the front, taking the lead at the second corner of the opening lap. By lap 14 he had pulled out a 2½ second lead over Neary when the race was red flagged. The result was taken from positions at the end of lap 12 giving Reeves and Farrance the win over Neary with Crowe in third place.
Race two was a real hum dinger with Nick Crowe settling into the lead on the first lap. But Reeves was not far behind and he took control at the end of the lap.
Crowe was not to be denied and he mounted a relentless challenge on Reeves, which continued throughout the race. He forged ahead on the penultimate lap only for Reeves to retake the lead a few seconds later. Still looking for the victory, Crowe again took the lead on the final circulation but Reeves was not having any of it and made his way through once again, this time holding it to the chequered flag for his second victory of the weekend.
“That race was a real nose to tail job,” said Reeves. “We had a really good race with Nick in that last one, it was really competitive and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves out there. It was good to get the double win as we now get onto the points table. Its good fun racing the smaller bike and competing in this championship gives us more time on the F2 bike to prepare for next year’s TT.”
Reeves and Farrance return to F1 racing next week when they take on all comers in the Castrol Oils/Eastern Airways F1 British Championship round at Croft, near Darlington on August 2/3. Their series lead was slashed to just 17 points after a date clash with the world series saw them forced to miss the Knockhill round of the British championship. It will be vital for the world champions to score maximum points in each of the two races if they are to further extend their series lead.

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