Silverstone: Northamptonshire driver makes good progress in recent racing competition

Maria Costello MBE and her sidecar passenger Vicky Cook celebrate a string of impressive performances at the BMCRC-MRO Championship meeting at Silverstone.

The female duo claimed two third and two fourth place finishes in the F2 class at the famous Northamptonshire circuit on a weekend that saw them build on their personal best at Croft the previous week.

Northamptonshire rider Maria and her Yorkshire passenger Vicky continued their preparations for the 2022 season and for the upcoming Isle of Man TT races – with a series of competitive races on the LCR Kawasaki outfit.

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They clocked a record 88.66mph in the eight-lap race which saw them perform exceptionally well against their F2 rivals, the F1 and BSB teams.

“Last season we had a lot of races under our belt, we’ve built a good relationship which is now delivering the on-track results we need as we move into TT races,” said Maria, who battled his own health issues over the coming winter. back as strong as ever.

“Croft was a great benchmark to kick off the season and Silverstone was further proof that the major changes to the sidecar chassis and Nitron suspension were a great decision. I love riding my sidecar more than ever.

A delighted Vicky said: “Starting strong and continuing that progression through the weekend shows that the changes to the outfit over the winter are really working for us as a team. I’m really happy and feel like we’re in a great place for the TT.

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“Maria’s riding has been flawless all weekend, and our mutual trust has really reached another level. As a bonus, it was great to get on the podium at Bemsee.

Maria has already made history at the classic motoring event Goodwood Revival, becoming the first woman to compete on classic two- and four-wheeled machines at the festival.

She was also the first female solo racer in Isle of Man history to step onto the podium, taking third place in the Ultra Lightweight class at the 2005 Manx Grand Prix.

In 2004, at the Isle of Man TT Races, Costello set a Guinness World Record by becoming the fastest woman to complete the Snaefell mountain course at an average speed of 114.73 mph.



The duo in action at Silverstone
The duo in action at Silverstone

Maria thanks her team, supporters and sponsors for making this season possible and is back on two wheels this weekend as she takes part in the Goodwood Members Meeting on the Julian Wilton Yamaha TZ350.

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