Peter Hickman needs to get off to a flyer at Brands Hatch
LOUTH'S Peter Hickman insists he can finally shake his bad luck and finish the MCE Insurance British Superbike season on a high – if he can sort out his starts at Brands Hatch this weekend.
A poor getaway put paid to his chances of a top-six finish in both Silverstone races, and it is the one area Hickman has consistently struggled with since his switch to the Buildbase BMW team.
With no ride secured for next season, the three races at the Kent circuit are a last chance saloon for the 25-year-old to show the paddock what he is capable of ahead of the post-season contract negotiations.
And, after his win at the Stars of Darley race on Sunday, Hickman is confident the worst of his start-line jitters are behind him and he is chomping at the bit to secure the top-six finish which has so far eluded him this year.
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"I'm not going to lie that I've been disappointed with how things have gone for me recently," he said.
"My starts have been absolutely shocking – I was dead last into the first corner of race one at Silverstone and it undid all my hard work from Saturday.
"We worked on a lot of things with the bike at Darley and I think we're really in a position to have a big finish to the season.
"I'm not used to the clutch on the BMW but it's an area I've been working on for a long while and hopefully I can get that out of my head when I'm on the start-line at Brands.
"The most frustrating thing is those starts have undone all the hard work we've been doing in a heartbeat.
"The team is working really hard so I can't tell you how annoying it is to spend half my race battling back through the field when we're showing top-six pace."
If Hickman is to get a season's best result this weekend he will do so in great company, with the Brands season finale always a well-attended event by petrol heads from across the country.
And with the excitement building ahead of the last competitive superbike race until next year, Hickman admits there is no better place than the iconic GP circuit to sign off his season in style.
"Brands is really great – there's the pre-race pit walk for all the fans and the atmosphere is always mega," he added.
"The GP circuit is really great to race on so it's a fantastic place to finish the year. I've got three chances so hopefully I can turn that into three strong finishes and go out this season with a bang."
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