Hickman claims podium double at Cadwell Park

Hickman on the podium.

Hickman on the podium.

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Peter Hickman scored 
second-place finishes in each of the two races in round eight of the MCE British Superbike championship at Cadwell Park on Sunday.

Hicky, 28, had run well all weekend and was never out of the top 10 during free practice.

He did, however, suffer a crash in the third session which left him battered and bruised plus nursing a painful injury to his leg.

This left the RAF Reserves/Lee Hardy Racing team with a massive job to do to get the BMW up and running in time for qualifying later on Saturday.

The Willoughby rider sailed through to the final stage of qualifying where he completed the session in fifth place to make a start to the first race on Sunday from the second row.

As the lights went out Hicky got a good start and weaved his way through to take up third place.

He was chasing Luke Mossey and race leader and eventual winner Josh Brookes and the three were in close company throughout the first eight laps.

Hickman passed Mossey just before the safety car came out for a crash at the mountain top involving Danny Buchan and when the car left the circuit a couple of laps later he upped his pace and maintained his second place to the chequered flag.

Starting the second encounter from the front row, Hicky once again slotted into third place and held station through the first six laps.

But one lap later he overtook Luke Mossey for second place.

Tom Bridewell was steadily making inroads towards him and on lap 12 Hicky was coming under a lot of pressure from him.

Bridewell relegated him to third one lap later but Hicky was not giving up his second place without a fight and followed him closely.

He made his move and dived under Bridewell at Mansfield to snatch the position and held him off to cross the finish line for his second runner up spot of the day.

“We didn’t have the course car out this time and to be quite honest I could have done with the rest,” Hickman said.

“But you know what, the RAF Reserves BMW has been working mega.

“I made a bit of a mistake which let Tom through, his bike is a little bit faster than mine as it’s the official BMW, but I sat behind him for a few laps and saw where he was weaker and then on the last lap I went for it.”

Hickman’s 40 points have moved him up to 12th in the rider standings on 87 points.

But he has no time to celebrate as he headed straight off to Heysham to catch the ferry to the Isle of Man where he began practice for the Classic races on Monday.