MOTOR RACING: Straight line speed is undoing of Hockley’s Honda at Rockingham

Rich Hockley keeps his Honda Civic tight and tidy around a corner at Rockingham. Photo: www.markcallf.co.uk
Rich Hockley keeps his Honda Civic tight and tidy around a corner at Rockingham. Photo: www.markcallf.co.uk
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Honda Civic Cup racer Rich Hockley took part in the latest two rounds of the championship at Rockingham last weekend.

Rich took two class wins but was outgunned in the overall placings to second in both races, with his 1.6-engined Civic EK4 unable to keep up with the leading 2-litre Type R EP3 on the Rockingham straights.

Having not raced at the Northampton track for a couple of years, Rich took a while to relearn the circuit but, once in his stride, set the fastest qualifying time in his class behind two EP3s.

Despite lacking the straight line speed, he managed to split the two faster Civics in race one and was all over the leader through the tight infield part of the circuit, but had to settle for second to the chequered flag.

Rich and his pit crew made some adjustments before the second race to iron out some understeer problems. He got boxed out going into the first hairpin but recovered to chased the leader down and to be within a car’s length at the chequered flag.

Rich will be in action again in the next round of the championship at Brands Hatch later this month.