MOTOR RACING: Honda Civic racer Rich takes to island circuits

Richard Hockley at speed on Anglesey. Photo: Flat Out Motorsport Photography

Richard Hockley at speed on Anglesey. Photo: Flat Out Motorsport Photography

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GRANTHAM saloon car racer Rich Hockley race at Anglesey for the first time last weekend.

A busy weekend was scheduled with four races and two qualifying sessions over two days. With his own Honda Civic’s engine being rebuilt, Rich was forced to borrow a motor for the meeting.

He managed sixth place in Saturday qualifying after only getting in six laps due to tyre problems. Rich was quickly up to third and then second place after a good start in race one on the Grand Prix circuit, but all his good work was undone several laps later when his brakes failed at 125mph. He rejoined in last place and chased up to eight before the chequered flag.

With brakes overhauled, he started race two in eighth and fought his way through to third by the finish.

Rich qualified fifth the following day on the Coastal circuit. In the first race he found himself up to 2nd after six laps and had set the fastest lap.

In the final race of the weekend, the Civic Cup, a reverse grid was employed so Rich started second from last. But he was not deterred and raced up to fourth by the first hairpin. He chased the front runners down and sneaked into second place which he held until the line.

Rich will be back in action at Snetterton in September when he should have his engine rebuilt.