WINTEC Racing’s Simon Horton, of Newark, and passenger Jordan Forrest seal championship
The 2021 WINTEC/FSRA Pre injection sidecar championship was decided after just one of the four races at Anglesey on Saturday with WINTEC Racing’s Simon Horton and passenger Jordan Forrest taking the honours and lifting the championship trophy.
Going into the final round of the series, the Newark pairing of Horton/Forrest only needed a handful of points to finish ahead of their nearest rivals — Tibbles/Greenwood — to secure the title.
But it wasn’t all plain sailing for the team as they only qualified in fourth place in their class and were placed on row nine in the mixed grid of riders for the start of race one, leaving them with a lot of work to do.
As the first eight-lap race began, Horton/Forrest got away to a fantastic start, making up ten places on the opening lap to 11th overall and second in their class.
But they were unable to catch Shipley/Wheeler who were leading the class and remained in second position to the chequered flag.
However, their nearest rivals for the title finished in fourth place and the points accrued by the WINTEC Racing crew were sufficient to clinch the title in the opener.
There was little time to celebrate though as the second race quickly came around.
On the first lap Horton/Forrest hit trouble and were forced to sit out the race as the WINTEC Racing Suzuki developed an electrical problem.
Sunday’s two races gave the team a similar set of results with Horton/Forrest finishing the first race in second place followed by a disappointing DNF in the second event having led the race.
The cause was a blown engine on lap seven of nine but prior to that the outfit was flying and they caught and passed Shipley/Wheeler on lap six. They pulled away and were looking at ending their season with a win but it was not to be as the engine gave up with just two laps remaining
Despite the weekend’s troubles, Horton enjoyed the championship celebrations.
He said: “We are both delighted to have won the championship after finishing in second place on Saturday.
“The non finish in the second race affected our grid position for Sunday as we started both races from 36th position.
“We managed a second place in the first race and after some suspension changes we went from 36th to first before the engine blew, but that’s racing and we had already clinched the title so it wasn’t the end of the world.
“I must thank Jordan for his excellent work as passenger; he has improved with every race and done remarkably well in his rookie year.”
“Also I must thank our loyal supporters and Sid Diggins for his excellent photography work plus the FSRA for putting together an excellent championship.”
Jordan Forrest said: “What a first full season in the chair, last round this weekend at Anglesey and we did what we needed to secure the F1 pre injection championship.
A massive thanks to Simon for a great ride and giving me chance as a novice, Steve for all your hard work help and advice, Sid for the awesome pictures and feeding us. My dad Nigel for the help and support you have given all year. The other half Jemma for putting up with me, and lastly my boss Phil Bingham for letting me have the time off work.
And a massive thank you to all our sponsors who make this all possible. Let’s see what 2022 brings.”