Siobhan Ardener is hoping to be fit for this weekend’s sidecar races

Ardener’s hoping to be fit for this weekend’s sidecar races

Killarney based sidecar racer Siobhan Ardener is hoping to be declared fit to race in time for this weekend’s third round of the Dunlop Masters Irish Superbike Championship at Mondello Park.

Ardener, who is the rear passenger for Dubliner Fergus Woodlock, tore ligaments in her right thumb in a crash she described as a “small moment’ the last time out in July.  

She and her driver had already finished third in their opening race of that weekend and were fighting for podium honours in race two when she nearly fell off the rear platform of the sidecar.

They were forced to sit out their third and final race as a result of her injuries and issues with the bike’s steering and handling which are the suspected causes of the incident in the first place.

With just days to go before this weekend’s meeting, she is still unsure if she will be on the grid on Saturday or not but is determined to be there and will test both herself and new components on the bike on Friday morning.

“My hand is still strapped up, I am just letting it rest as much as possible now, it is not 100% but here is hoping it will be ok to race,” she said.

“Friday we will know more. Fergi has put a lot of work into the bike over the last few weeks and a new shock has been put in so that as well as my hand will all need to be tested on Friday.

“The grid is looking good too so here’s hoping for some close racing and the sun to make an appearance.”

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