The second BMCRC-MRO (British Motorcycle Racing Club) event of 2022, which took place last weekend at the Silverstone National circuit, attracted multiple three wheeling stars including the rapid Crowe brothers Ryan & Callum.
Victorious from the second F1/F2 Sidecars encounter, the 675 Triumph powered pair showed again why many predict great things in the future from them on short circuits and on the roads.
No.7 plate holders for this year’s TT Races, they went onto finish runner-up in the remaining Sidecar races whilst others stepping up their pre-TT preparations, showing accomplished early season form included:
Alan Founds/Jake Lowther, Barnes Racing’s John Holden/Jason Pitt, Greg Lambert/Ben McBride and Maria Costello MBE/Vicky Cooke.
Costello MBE/Cooke who claimed three top 10 finishes overall, placed across Saturday, Sunday’s races no lower than fourth in terms of Formula 2 class exponents, placing twice third in the F2 category.
Reflecting on last weekend’s achievements, Mountain Course stalwart Costello MBE stated:
“Last season we got plenty of races under our belts, we built a good relationship that’s now producing the results on track we need as we lead up to the TT Races.
Croft was a great benchmark to kick off the season and Silverstone was further proof that the major changes to the sidecar’s chassis and Nitron suspension were a great decision. I am loving racing my sidecar more than ever.”
Passenger Cooke added:
“To start strongly and continue that progression throughout the weekend shows that the changes made to the outfit over the winter really suit us as a team. I am really happy and feel like we’re in a great place for the TT.
Maria’s driving was faultless all weekend and our confidence in each other has really reached another level. As a bonus, it was great to get on the Bemsee podium.”
Solos wise, 2016 Senior Manx Grand Prix winner Tom Weeden recorded a best finish of fifth in the third DART Motorsport MRO 600 race whilst others participating, who have dabbled with roads courses included Obsession Engineering’s Martin Morris and the Peoples Bike Team’s Frankie Stennett.
Quotes courtesy of Maria Costello Motorsport
Photo by Jenny Triker Wells
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou