Hickman gets fine finish in opening festival race

Peter Hickman.
Peter Hickman.

Peter Hickman recorded a fine eighth place in the opening Superbike race at the Isle of Man TT festival on Sunday.

Practice week was hampered by the weather as the riders lost valuable track time because of high winds and rain on the 37.73-mile mountain road course, and after just two decent evenings of practice Saturday’s opening race was postponed because of more high winds which made it impossible for the air med helicopter to fly.

The six-lap Superbike race was finally run on Sunday at 2pm.

“I am so pleased to have finished the Isle of Man Superbike race in eighth place, especially as I was on the Superstock bike,” Hickman said.

“Massive thanks to Lee Hardy Racing and Briggs Equipment UK they were fantastic.”

The riders set off at 10-second intervals with Willoughby’s Hicky starting in 17th place.

By the time he passed the first check point at Glen Helen he was running in 12th place on time, although further round the lap he had dropped down to 13th and completed the lap in that position recording an average speed of 127.699mph.

Hicky made up time on lap two and was in 11th place on the Briggs Equipment UK /Lee Hardy Racing BMW when he came in for his fuel stop at the end of the lap.

He maintained 11th through lap three and made up another place on the fourth lap to 10th when he made his final pit stop.

He set off on the final two laps in 10th place and on the final lap he was promoted to ninth when Gary Johnson retired.

But it was all over on the run down the Mountain as the red flag stopped the race for a two rider crash near to the finish.

Only the top six riders actually crossed the finish line and the rest, including Hickman, were brought back to the pits.

However, he was awarded a finish of eighth position due to the non-finish of one of the riders ahead of him.

In the first Superbike race last year, he finished in 14th place.

The TT festival continues throughought the week, with Hickman seeing race action in the Superstock, Supersport and finally the high-profile Senior TT.