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Author: Helen Pask
Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 01 2008

Following their victory they hotfooted it back across the North Sea to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire where they rode to a brace of victories in the British F1 series to continue their unbeaten run in the championship.

130,000 spectators witnessed the tremendous battle between Reeves/Farrance and Paivarinta/Karttiala in the World series, which ran alongside the MotoGP championship round at Assen in Holland on Saturday.

Starting from pole position, Reeves and Farrance got away to a good start to take up the lead from the flying Fins Paivarinta and Karttiala. But Paivarinta took command on lap five and held station for three laps before a determined Tim Reeves forged back ahead to remain at the front and cross the finish line at the end of the 18-lap affair to take a well deserved victory. This result edges Reeves and Farrance nearer to Paivarinta and Karttiala who now hold a slender three-point advantage against the current world champions.

The next race is again on the MotoGP programme and sees the series return to the Sachsenring circuit in Germany on July 13 where Reeves and Farrance will have a 20kg weight penalty bestowed upon them because they won in each of the last two outings.

After travelling overnight from Assen, Reeves and Farrance arrived at Cadwell Park around 8am on Sunday to find they were to start from the back of the grid because they did not take part in Saturday’s qualifying session.

As race one got underway Reeves powered through to complete the first lap in 11th position and gradually made up ground with each passing lap until hitting the front on lap seven of 12. As the race progressed they began to pull away from the pursuing pack and completed the 12 laps over 16 seconds ahead of Peddar and Steadman.

As they were about the take their places on the grid for the start of leg two the heavens opened. Starting from 15th place – last on the grid – Reeves shrugged off the handicap of heavy rain and set about catching the midfielders. After just one lap he had moved through to eighth position and took control at the front after just five laps. This time he went on to pull out a substantial lead and take the chequered flag for his third win of the weekend with an advantage of over 22 seconds from Muldoon and Barrett.

After three rounds of the series Reeves and Farrance have kept a 100% record of wins and head the table on 150 points from Muldoon/Barrett who move into second place on 89, just one point ahead of Gatt/Randall on 88.

Reeves and Farrance will miss the next two rounds of the series, as there is an unfortunate date clash with the World championship. But they will be back in action in the re-arranged round of the British F1 Championship at Croft Circuit over the weekend of August 2/3.

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