THE annual sidecar burn-up took place at Lydden Hill in Kent last weekend and the High Wycombe-based Brian Gray Powerbiking Racing Team were there to see the 2019 season out in style.

Gray, with Jason Pitt of Portsmouth in the chair, took part in both the F1 and Classic sidecar races and were out to defend their 2018 Classic champions title.

With two races on each outfit on Saturday, and three on the F1 and two on the Classic on Sunday, the pair certainly had their work cut out plus the rain did not make it any easier.

The duo managed third position behind World champions, Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes, and Andy Peach and Ken Edwards, plus second place behind Reeves and Wilkes in race two.

The races on Sunday were run in sunny but cold conditions and again Gray and Pitt were on form in both classes of sidecars.

The two F1 races were a repeat of the first race on Saturday with two third-place finishes but, in the Sidecar Burn-Up they also had to give way to Ian Guy and Jed Pilmoor-Brady and settle for fourth.the

The two Classic races saw the duo in their element as they took both wins to hold onto the title for another year. They also took the fastest lap in both races.

Pitt announced after the meeting that he would be leaving the team to join forces with Steve Kershaw of Scotland in the Santander Salt Racing Team. Kershaw aims to reclaim British Sidecar Championship title next season.

Pitt said he had enjoyed three great years with Gray, switching from the modern F1 to the Classic sidecar and sometimes racing both at the same meeting.

Team owner Gray said: “It has been three absolutely fantastic years racing with Jason. There’s no doubt he is one of the most talented passengers out there.”