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Newark's Simon Horton and sidecar passenger Amy Dodd take to the track at Blyton for testing




A test day after months off the track has given Newark racer Simon Horton a chance to gel with his new sidecar partner.

Despite the Pre-Injection Sidecar Racing Championship being voided and cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, sidecar driver Horton has not been sitting on his laurels and, over the weekend, took his new outfit to Blyton for a test day.

Simon Horton and Amy Dodd. pic credit Sid Diggins (38364512)
Simon Horton and Amy Dodd. pic credit Sid Diggins (38364512)

Horton said it was a good opportunity to test the new engine and to welcome his new passenger Amy Dodd to the team.

Dodd, 20, of Crewe, is new to the sport of sidecar racing and last year took to the track as passenger to her father at Darley Moor.

Amy Dodd. pic credit Sid Diggins (38364514)
Amy Dodd. pic credit Sid Diggins (38364514)

She ended the season in spectacular circumstances with a crash that saw the outfit flip on its roof.

But she said it did not knock her confidence, and even made her more determined to race again.

Horton said she jumped at the chance to join and, after a strong performance at the two-day test, the team had a new member.

“The new Suzuki GSXR 1100WP engine ran well and Amy gelled with me very quickly so we are in a good position to get some racing under our belts,” said Horton.

“The Pre Injection championship is cancelled, but we will take the opportunity of racing with the EMRA club at Mallory at the beginning of August to get some laps in.

“We will then take in the test day at Darley Moor for some more testing before we head to Donington Park for the Bemsee club meeting in early September.

“After that, if the opportunity arises, we will complete more testing as the more track time we can get together will serve us well for the 2021 season when the pre injection championship gets back underway.”


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