Oscar Lawrence & George Holden Win Bemsee Club Championship
Written by Team BHP on 6 October 2020
18 year old Kingsclere lad Oscar Lawrence and his driver George Holden win Bemsee Club Championship in only their second year of racing and first year contesting the Championship.
Albeit a shorter championship than normal due to Covid19, the pair showed they were worthy winners finishing every race they started on the podium, 9x wins, 1x 2nd & 1x 3rd.
With the wettest weekend since Noah sailed his ark, Oz and George took 3 class wins!
Qualifying was on a wet track but the team Holden Racing Sidecar crew had practiced in monsoon conditions on Friday and got to grips with the outfit in their first really wet conditions run.
This paid dividends with the pair claiming pole in Race 1. After some long delays during the day, Sidecar Race 1 didn’t come to the start line until approximately 3pm….but at least it was dry!
The pair set off claiming the lead spot into Paddock Hill Bend, made it their own for two laps but on lap 3 a separate incident involving three other outfits the race was RED FLAGGED. With a nervous wait for the team on pit lane waiting to see their guys reappear from the GP part of the Brands Hatch circuit. After a 35min delay, while a fellow passenger received medical attention trackside with suspected broken knee caps, the race was finally restarted but to only a 3lap dash! This didn’t bother the guys as they shot to the front and took race win.
Race 2 was postponed till Sunday morning which meant an early start for the team but bike prep done and a relaxed evening with George and Oscar really just needing to finish the next race to take the Championship.
Race 1 – Oh boy oh boy! Noah would of had no problems racing his ark round Brands! As the guys took to the start line they didnt get the holeshot in the wet conditions but did drop into 2nd position to follow the 1st place outfit with many more years and experience under their belt.
Alan Schofield & Rostrum led the entire race But George & Oz just needed to follow them home for a class win and the Championship. With the tricky conditions and trying for a win the guys got a little crossed up and spun on the last corner, last lap but managed to save it and still cross the line 2nd but with F1 class win they won the championship!
Race 2 – Still wet wet wet! But this time the guys were free to race, with the championship won and nothing to lose, they came to the startline once again not getting the holeshot but 4th into turn 1, 3rd into turn 2, 2nd into turn 3 and on lap 2 took the lead.
From there they started to pull 3seconds every lap of the 5 remaining, which was impressive when thinking the Holden Racing pair had never raced in proper wet conditions until two days before!
They took the race win and also were awarded the prestigious Tim McGrane Trophy too. And all this in a week where Oscar’s Grandad, Roy Lawrence renowned washing machine repair engineer from Kingsclere – RDS sadly passed away.
Pic credit to Rick lawrence & Gary French
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