PEME sponsored CTR achieved their best finish of the season so far, coming 5th in the Assen round of the Eastern Airways RKB-F1 British sidecar championship.
This came after a disastrous visit to Donington Park in the previous race, when CTR qualified in 10th position on the grid for the Saturday race. However, a good start ended in carnage when another team smashed into the side and rear of the CTR outfit, throwing the passenger off the platform and across the track and forcing both teams to retire early from the race.
Once back in the awning, the full extent of the damage could be seen; the rear of the chassis was bent, the rear wheel was out of shape and various other ancillary parts were knagered. Despite the team working throughout the early hours of Sunday to repair what they could to enable their participation in Sunday’s race, this was not to be and they were forced to retire after the first lap to minimise further damage from an electrical fault. The sidecar was packed off a specialist workshop to affect a permanent repair to the chassis. CTR mechanics then brought it back to CTR HQ, so the engine fault could be rectified, after which power runs were performed.
CTR then travelled to the Assen racetrack in Holland, with passenger Kees Endeveld determined to put on a good show in front of his home crowd after ten weeks out. CTR qualified in 7th after 8 laps and only three thousandths of a second behind the Dutch pairing of Kentrop and De Haas. CTR were in confident mood and took their place on the 4th row of the grid. From the start, handler Craig was driving superbly, and aided by Kees, the duo began to work their way through the pack. By the time the team passed the finish line on the 7th lap, CTR were up to 5th place and catching 4th, when the race was stopped due to an outfit having a bad accident on the fastest corner of the circuit.
Buoyed by Saturday’s best result of the season, and their lap times coming down, CTR were looking forward to Sunday’s race, but almost as soon as they got onto the grid, an oil fitting failed, forcing them off the track. The problem was quickly repaired, but by the time the sidecar was back in the pit lane, the race had already started, leaving CTR unable to compete.
CTR now regroup after a hectic few weeks, but not for long, as the next round of the championship is at Silverstone on 4-6 October, when they will be trying to improve from their current position of 9th in the championship. For updates, check out the CTR website.