Qualifying for the weekend’s racing saw the world champion secure pole by 1.5 seconds from Lovelock and Lawrence but when they went to the start line for the first of their five races the engine cut out and refused to start leaving Reeves no alternative but to sit out the race in the pits.
“Ever since my crash at Brands Hatch a few weeks ago when we turned the outfit on its roof the engine has been suffering from a misfire and we don’t seem able to solve the problem. When we were called to the start line for the first race it just spluttered and died on us. We are working non-stop to try and solve the problem and hope it will hold up for the Burn-Up,” said Tim.
Race two, run over 12 laps of the short Lydden circuit, saw Reeves start from the back of the grid with the engine still misfiring intermittently. But by the end of lap one he was up to fifth, moving through to third on lap two and taking the lead on lap four of 12. Reeves went on to win by 2.5 seconds from his Eastern Airways teammate Sean Hegarty.
Next up was the Ray English Challenge run over eight laps, which Reeves again won by 3.2 seconds from Hegarty who took command in race four during the opening four laps before succumbing to Reeves and Farrance who hit the front on lap five, going on to cross the finish line with a half a second advantage over Hegarty.
The big race of the weekend was the annual Sidecar burn-up, which Reeves had won on four previous occasions. But the bike was still playing up as they approached the line for the start of the 15-lap affair and it was uncertain whether they would actually get underway.
But despite the problems Reeves powered the big Suzuki through to hold fourth place on the opening lap, gradually making up places until he took the lead on lap six.
But the misfire returned and Hegarty in second place was beginning to reel him in at a fast rate of knots. The pair crossed the finish line almost as one but Reeves was just two hundredths of a second ahead of his teammate and took the win and the trophy for the fifth time.
“As we approached the start line the engine cut out again, luckily we managed to get it going and began to make up ground. We took the lead on lap six and begin to pull away but then the misfire returned and the engine kept cutting out on us. I really didn’t think we would make it to the finish but luckily it kept going long enough for us to finish and secure the win.”
The final outing of the season for Reeves and Farrance is at Mallory Park on Sunday when they will contest the last round of the British championship. Having won every race in the series to date reeves and Farrance have already clinched the title but will be looking for victory in both races on Sunday to end their season on a high note.