Father-and-son team miss out on sidecar title by a single point

Simon and Tom Christie in action at Snetterton. Picture by John Mushet.

Simon and Tom Christie in action at Snetterton. Picture by John Mushet.

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Beverley-based father-and-son team Simon and Tom Christie missed out on the British Motorcycle Racing Club’s Sidecar Championship title by the smallest of margins.

They headed to the Snetterton 200 circuit in Norfolk for the last round of the championship sitting in second place, 43 points behind the leaders, the Belgian pairing of Marc and Rik Vannieuwenhuyse.

Simon and Tom Christie in action at Snetterton. Picture by John Mushet.

Simon and Tom Christie in action at Snetterton. Picture by John Mushet.

This was a new circuit for passenger Tom, and after a successful Friday practice day, the pairing had already managed to go 1.5 seconds quicker than Simon had previously done three years ago.

Qualifying on pole position was a great start for the Christies, and they made the most of it with two wins.

Although the pairing of Matt Dix and Shaun Parker had the beating of them in the first race, they elected not to take points meaning the Christies took a maximum 50 points on Saturday.

The points gap was down to 25 points, but the chances of winning the title were very unlikely as a non-finish was now needed for the leading team.

Taking two more wins on the Sunday, the Beverley team narrowly missed out on the championship by one point.

Tom said “We’re happy with this year’s racing, building a bike and being competitive on it is very pleasing. Just losing out by one point shows how much progress Dad and I have made at this very good level.”

The pair are looking forward to moving up to competing in the full British Formula Two Championship next year.