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A weekend of sunshine and showers for FHO Racing at Snetterton

Qualifying

Josh Brookes: 7th

Peter Hickman: 18th

Race 1 – 5 laps

Josh Brookes: 13th

Peter Hickman: DNF

Race 2 – 5 laps

Josh Brookes: 10th

Peter Hickman: 15th

Race 3 – 16 laps

Josh Brookes: 7th

Peter Hickman: 14th

It was a weekend of sunshine and showers in Norfolk, as Snetterton played host to the fifth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship where FHO Racing BMW Motorrad’s Josh Brookes and Peter Hickman made positive steps forward across the weekend.

Friday’s free practice saw Josh sixth on combined times, which meant he progressed directly into Saturday’s Q2 qualifying session, while ‘Hicky’ was 18th on the times, as he worked on feeling comfortable again aboard the BMW M 1000 RR after a challenging few rounds.

Saturday saw treacherous conditions at the 3-mile circuit for both qualifying and the opening race of the weekend. The FHO Racing duo lined up with Josh seventh and Pete 18th on the grid for the first race. 

Lining up on the grid the sun was shining down on the circuit, but black clouds were looming overhead. On the ninth rotation the race was red flagged following a crash where Josh was running ninth and Hicky 13th.

Not long after the race was flagged, heavy rain started to fall and the race restart would be a five-lap dash to the line. In the tricky conditions Peter was strong aboard the BMW M 1000 RR and he was pushing for a top-ten finish, but unfortunately slipped off, unhurt on the final lap, with Josh coming home 13th. 

For the final day of action at Snetterton the weather remained dry for most of the day, but the 12-lap Sprint Race was red flagged and reduced to five laps after a short, sharp rain shower. The restarted race saw Josh finish 10th and Peter 15th. 

In the final race of the day Josh lined up 10th, with his teammate a row behind in 15th. The 16-lap race was a strong showing for the FHO team with both riders enjoying on-track battles with their BSB rivals. Crossing the line Josh collected another top-ten result in seventh, with Hicky 14th. 

The results from the weekend see the FHO Racing BMW Motorrad team now in the top ten of the overall Championship standings with Josh 10th. 

In the ABK Beer 0% BMW Motorrad UK F 900 R Cup Jamie Hanks-Elliott made a fantastic return after the incident at Oulton Park. Enjoying a strong weekend at Snetterton, Jamie finished seventh in the Heat 2 race and came home 12th in the Main Event race. 

Faye Ho’s squad will be back in action at the sixth round of the championship at Brands Hatch on 19-20-21 July.

Josh Brookes

“It has been a very much up and down weekend; the opening practice was terrible! We had lots of issues with brakes and just the general setup of the bike wasn’t particularly favourable. The second session was far better, we were sixth in the times; the brakes were improved, not fixed but improved and the general settings of the BMW were pretty much nearly how we ran the rest of the weekend. Where things came undone for us was when it started to rain. I didn’t go too bad in qualifying in seventh, that was probably the best the bike felt in the rain. The bike was half and half, for the first half of the race I went with intermediate tyres and felt really good, I was moving forward towards the end of the race and with eight laps to go, I set the fastest lap of the race, so it was all showing good progress. But then the rain came, so then we were on full wets, and I just went backwards, or whatever we’ve done with the bike which wasn’t anything I can really put my finger on, but it reduced our performance. Fortunately, we had two dry races on Sunday, where in the final race we showed good progress and we had signs of improvement. It’s an odd one as we started the weekend where we finished really, as we were in the top five/six from the beginning of the weekend, but the weather put us back, so we did make progress with the setup and feeling, it just didn’t reflect on the times and being able to move further up.”

Peter Hickman

“The weekend was as to be expected really, I’m not in a great place at the minute so I just wanted to keep riding, keep doing laps and laps, and laps! And try not to focus on the position too much, just have the feeling of me on the bike, which we’ve done to be fair I feel a bit more comfortable again. I actually had a bit of a race in the last race and not just riding around by myself, we weren’t in the position that we want to be racing for don’t get me wrong, but at least I was having a better race. So yeah overall, it’s not been too bad a weekend, it would have been nice to have got the 10th on Saturday in the rain without slipping off, but hey that’s the way things go sometimes but overall it’s been positive weekend.”

Faye Ho

“The weekend has been a real solid weekend for the team and I think will have built moral across both sides of the garage. It’s not been an easy start to the season for us, but to come away from the weekend with Josh collecting solid points and now in the top-ten standings, and Pete looking comfortable on the bike and enjoying riding again, is a good outcome and something we can most certainly move forward with. I’m so pleased for Jamie too at the weekend, she came back to racing after that awful incident at Oulton Park and really impressed everyone with her results. This weekend was her first finish in the F 900 R Cup, after not finishing in Spain and then Oulton, so to celebrate her first finish in a new class, on a new bike in 12th place – just outside the top-ten is a huge achievement and one she should be super proud of.”

Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2024 in News

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