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Podium for Olsen at Donington Park
Podium for Olsen at Donington Park

THE FHO Racing team has returned from Donington Park with two more podiums after both Peter Hickman and Kent’s Alex Olsen banked third places.

Hickman celebrated his second top three of the year in Saturday’s Bennetts British Superbike eBay Sprint race while Olsen was back on the rostrum in Sunday’s round of the Pirelli National Superstock Championship.

In the Pirelli National Superstock Championship, FHO Racing with Kobelco rider Alex Olsen bounced back from a troublesome opening race where he was hit by arm pump on the final lap and finished sixth.

For the second race, he started from the second row and forced his way through a number of riders after dropping a couple of places at the start to eventually work his way up to third. Despite missing out on the championship, he is still in the fight for the runner-up spot at the next round.

After a decent weekend, Olsen commented on how he was happy with how things had panned out: “The weekend as a whole has been good, we’ve been fast but at the end of the day just not fast enough. The first race was tough and then in the second I got a bit boxed in at the start so had to work my way up.

“I took a few chances and made a few big moves to make my way back to third – sorry to Tom Ward I probably sent him a bit wide but I was fighting for the championship.

“Fair play to Davey, he’s won it now. He’s done a great job all year. Now we have to fight on to try and get second in the championship as we roll into Brands Hatch. Hopefully we can pick up more points and claim second.”

Team-mate Jack Nixon continues to recover from a broken collarbone in August and managed to pick up a 13th in the opening race followed by a 17th in the second.

Despite feeling disappointed, he knows he still has some way in his recovery to go to get back to full strength and fitness and is looking forward to some down time at home as he continues his recovery.

“It’s been another struggle of a weekend. The pace was definitely faster in the second race so that’s definitely a positive. I’ve just made a few mistakes , I just haven’t been able to stop the bike how I’d like and I’m also really sore still.” Nixon said.

“I struggled at the end of the races and in the second I started running a bit deep when the tyre dropped off and losing time and places which wasn’t ideal. It’s hard because I’m probably expecting too much of myself after the injury.

“I want to regroup now and get some fitness back for Brands Hatch. It’ll be nice to have a week off before then so I’ll see if I can rebuild a bit more and come back strong and finish the season well.”

Pictures supplied by Double Red Photographic.