After suffering a couple of spins in the opening round of the British F2 Sidecar championship at Croft Team SaS, Giles and Jen Stainton from Upton found they had lost a bit of confidence in their racing and took time out to rediscover their love for the sport.
After a couple of weekends giving taxi rides for the public on the sidecar platform and then taking in a classic meeting at Darley Moor the passion for racing returned and the husband and wife duo travelled to Snetterton in Norfolk to test the outfit and then take part in the two British Championship races where they secured a brace of fifth places in their class.
The purpose of the test day on Friday was to try to make positive headway with the set up on the outfit which they thought was where their problem laid.
Jen explained: “Sean and Ray Reeves very kindly gave their time and expertise before the sessions to help us set the outfit up and what a transformation it was!! We altered ride height, suspension settings and chair tyre width and the outfit immediately felt better! We came in with massive smiles and couldn't be more grateful to Sean and Ray.”
The weather was dreadful on Saturday for free practice with the rain hammering down and the Staintons were apprehensive of what awaited them in the slippery conditions. But they were pleased to find that the changes to the outfit made it easier to handle and they enjoyed the session.
By the time qualifying came the track was drying so they were able to pick up a little more pace and qualified ninth out of 16 bikes overall and sixth in class with a best lap time of 1m 30s.
Unfortunately the afternoon’s race was not to be as a huge thunderstorm passed over the track and the afternoons racing had to be abandoned.
Fortunately over night the bad weather passed and by the time the first 10 lap race began the track was fully dry. Despite their new found faith in the outfit Giles and Jen felt quite nervous but Giles got a good start and the pair had a few laps of close racing with Morphet and Halliburton until they pulled away from them leaving the Lincolnshire pair to complete the remainder of the race alone to finish ninth out of 16 starters overall and fifth in class with an improved time of 1m 28s.
The second race, run over six laps of the Norfolk course went smoothly for the Staintons who enjoyed a race long battle with Downes/Hainsworth and Chandler/Chandler. Once again they finished in fifth place and further improved their lap times to 1m 27s.
Jen said: “It was a brilliant race within a race with the other two outfits and we loved every minute of it. Huge thanks to Sean and Ray - you've changed everything for us! Thanks to everyone else who we enjoyed the weekend with and supported this event. Thanks to our sponsors; Interfuse Ltd, MMC Agency, T&S Motors, Elite Signs, Andrew and Vanessa.
“As a consequence of our enjoyable weekend we will be revising our race schedule and intend to race at Anglesey with the Wirral club over the weekend of June 23-24.”