Dukes in championship action

Malton's Nicholas Dukes and co-driver William Moralee in action
Malton's Nicholas Dukes and co-driver William Moralee in action
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MALTON driver Nicholas Dukes and his co-driver William Moralee, from Whitby, were in Formula 2 British sidecar Championship action at Brands Hatch.

The duo made the long trip to Kent for the final round of the competition which took place over the 1.1-mile Indy circuit and consolidated second place in the F2 Cup standings.

Moralee and Dukes were competing in both the main championship and also in the F2 cup in what has proven to be the closest competition in years.

The F2 Cup is a championship within a championship for the slightly less experienced teams and the North Yorkshire pair headed into the final round in second place, 20 points in front of Pete Alton and Keith Brotherton.

To make matters more interesting several wild cards had been entered including a team from France and Belgium.

With two championship races over the weekend, the team qualified 22nd on their Suzuki-powered sidecar with an average speed of 78mph as proceedings were made more interesting by the inclusion of several wildcard teams from countries including France and Belgium.

In ideal conditions, the race on Saturday was over 16 laps with 23 outfits taking part.

With laps only taking around 52 seconds to complete, there was plenty of action on the circuit.

A wildcard team won the race with Moralee and Dukes finishing a very creditable 16.

The Sunday, the race was again over 18 laps, with 23 outfits in the running.

After some close racing with other competitors, the team managed to finish 17th after the race was halted on lap 17 due to an outfit over turning at the Clearways bend.

The results were enough to cement second place in the F2 Cup championship.

The team was delighted with the second place and would like to thanks their sponsors family and friends for their continued support.