Motorsport: Pipe problems push Selby’s Knapton and Horspole out of top ten

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Selby sidecar passenger Paul Knapton endured more bad luck alongside driver Gary Horspole as they failed to complete both races at Brands Hatch and dropped out of the championship’s top ten.

After losing an engine in the last round at Snetterton, the duo went into last weekend with no spare and fingers crossed they could pick up a few points and maintain their top ten postition.

Apart from their LCR Honda being down on power, practice and qualifying passed smoothly.

After a good start in Friday’s race, Knapton and Horspole were black flagged and forced to return to the pits where it was discovered there was a split in the oil pipe, ending their race.

Not finishing put them towards the back of the grid for Sunday’s feature race.

But they again got off to a great start and began passing rivals.

However, progress was halted with another leak, this time from the water pipe.

Failure to finish the race saw Knapton and Horspole drop to 11th in the championship standings.

Now they have a long break to the next round at Donnington Park on September 6 and hope to sort the issues that have blighted their recent racing programme in order to move back up the standings.