Isle of Man TT star Peter Hickman highlights new BMW’s potential at Cadwell Park


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Hickman, who is the TT Mountain Course lap record holder at 135.452 mph, en route to glory in a memorable Senior 2018, was sorely denied a dream hat-trick when he lost the rear of the machine FHO Racing on the last lap of the final race, allowing Jason O’Halloran to grab a somewhat fortuitous victory.

Nonetheless, it has been a magnificent weekend for Hickman, who is up to fifth in the Showdown standings after a big swing of points on his home circuit in Lincolnshire.

The 34-year-old has been absent from the road racing scene since the Macau Grand Prix in November 2019, with events such as the North West 200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix canceled in 2020 and again this year. .

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Peter Hickman in the BMW FHO Racing at Cadwell Park.

Hickman, however, has had plenty of racing action under his belt in BSB and his exceptional performance last weekend at Cadwell comes after fellow road racing star and TT rival Dean Harrison notched his best result. at Donington Park National, where he finished eighth over the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the third race.

An elated Hickman said: “It’s a great feeling to win. We were unlucky and this first race was perfect. I knew I had the pace because the BMW FHO Racing was fantastic.

“It was pretty much a perfect race at the end. I saw Jason and Glenn (Irwin) do a few moves to start, but I felt I had more rhythm than them, so I just settled in at the start. I managed to take a free kick on Jason at Mansfield, which is always tricky there. I needed to have Glenn then and luckily he made a mistake so I was able to take advantage of Barn and it gave me what I needed.

“It’s such a tough track so it’s even better to win,” added Hickman. “I had to keep my focus and not make any mistakes, so leading up to the checkered flag felt like an eternity.

FHO Racing BMW driver Peter Hickman on the podium at Cadwell Park with race second Jason O’Halloran (left) and Tommy Bridewell who finished third. Photo: David Yeomans Photography.

“I’m so happy for Faye (Ho, team owner), and getting our first win here for the team in their home round was great. This is only our first season, and with fans all around the circuit, that made it even more special. It was a great first day of racing.

Hickman was understandably disappointed to miss the treble after the rear of his BMW accelerated to over 120 mph, but he was also relieved to bring the bike home to a solid second place.

“To say I’m disappointed I didn’t do a hat trick would be an understatement, but it was my only mistake all weekend,” he said.

“It cost me the race so it was frustrating but I’m glad I was able to save it as the rear came in at 120-140 mph. It gave Jason the chance and I thought about lungeing back, but I just wasn’t close enough.

“Two wins and a second place, plus Milwaukee King of the Mountain, so I’m really happy with a fantastic weekend for the FHO Racing BMW team as it’s a big championship point.”

Right now it’s all about the British Superbike Championship for Hickman and the FHO Racing team, but the English ace will be a formidable proposition on the new BMW when the big road races resume in 2022.

In his last Northern Ireland appearance at the Ulster Grand Prix in August 2019, Hickman won a record seven races in seven starts, and also set a new road race lap world record of 136.415 mph at Dundrod in a dominant display.

He also won the opening Superstock race at the North West 200 on the Smiths BMW and sealed a treble in the TT with victories in the Superbike, second Supersport and Superstock events.

Hickman was then on track for a quadruple time in the Senior until he developed a problem with his machine, dropping him back to second as Dean Harrison claimed a first victory in the blue ribbon race.

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