TOMMY Philp and Jonny Allum were in the thick of the action and looking to increase their lead in the F1 Sidecar Championship during round two at Oulton Park.

Qualifying went well for Windsor-based Philp and Allum from Portsmouth on the Brian Gray Power Biking Racing Team Yamaha.

Philp, 23, had a few issues with handling as he tried to get the sidecar set up but, by the end of the session, the pair had qualified in seventh place for a fourth row start. The duo clocked a lap time of one minute and 54.477 seconds (1:54.477) but were more than six seconds down on pole position.

The warm up on Saturday morning saw them fifth fastest but they still needed to find a little bit more pace.

As the lights went out, Philp and Allum made good use of the pro-shift electronic gear change and, going into Old Hall corner for the first time, moved into sixth position. The pair defended their move well as they exited the corner at the front of a hard charging pack of nearly 30 sidecars.

The duo were soon lapping in the 1:51s and holding their own against vastly more experienced crews, but there was one them down, Sam and Adam Christie. They also raced on a Brian Gray Yamaha but had to start near the back as they were a late entry.

The World Championship contenders were flying and there was nothing Philp and Allum could do to stop them getting past on the last lap, although they had the satisfaction of taking another F1 Championship win and a further 25 points.

Some drastic changes were made to the handling before the second race as earlier issues were more pronounce with the faster laps and Philp reported he was fighting to stay in control.

Philp and Allum made another lightening start and again exited Old Hall in sixth position.

The adjustments to improve the handling had transformed the bike completely as they charged down The Avenue. It gave them more stability which showed as the pair reduced their lap times down to 1.50.

They were first in their class again and sixth overall but, on the last lap John Holden and Lewis Blackstock both retired, moving Philp and Allum up to fourth and another win to increase their lead in the Championship.

The pair now lead John Bicknell and Pete Ensor, who scored two second-place finishes, in the F1 class by 13 points.