The season opener at the picturesque Oulton Park circuit has traditionally offered just one race for the sidecar fraternity, mainly due to the constrained time allowed on track.
Church regulations dictate reduced noise on Sunday, so it has always been hard to fit two sidecar races into the busy schedule.
However, the sidecars continue to build their reputation with the BSB organisers and we have been able to negotiate two races, thereby giving the many track-side sidecar enthusiasts two bites of the cherry.
The two races will take place on Saturday however, with practice and qualifying on Friday.
Given that Eurosport TV now give full attention to the entire weekend, it is therefore highly likely that both races will attract TV coverage.
This is a new departure, great news for the teams and the Championship, and is one more example of the close relationship between MSV and RKB-F1 Motorsport.
All teams are reminded that registration needs to be by the end of February, and there are still many crews yet to sign up for 2020.
They will need to contact Mike Dommett email@example.com as a matter of urgency if they wish to be on the grid at Oulton Park.
The 2020 season sees the departure of Ryan Charlwood as passenger from the Massingberd Mundy Savage Spanner Kawasaki team, and the arrival of Jonny Allum in the chair to form the “Team Ricky and Jonny” partnership.
Due to other commitments, Ryan has taken the decision to stand down from the Team. We wish Ryan the very best of luck in his future endeavours.
Jonny steps into the team as an experienced passenger and reigning #bemsee F1 Sidecar Champion, after a fantastic 2019 season alongside the talented Tommy Philp.
Catching up with Ricky, who is now raring to go for the 2020 season, he has said, “It was a real shame to lose Ryan, we have been through so many great times together, including winning the 2015 and 2016 British Championships, which I could never have done on my own. “I’m really excited to have Jonny onboard, we train together, work together and get on like a house on fire. Sometimes such a big change can reignite that fire inside, and already, that hunger and determination is greater than ever to get out there and reclaim that British Title”.
An excited Jonny said, “It’s an honour to be joining the Massingberd Mundy Kawasaki team, even more so, to be going racing with my best mate…Me and Rick have grown up dreaming of racing together, being it 2 wheels or 3.But unfortunately, we just went down separate paths and Ricky ended up with Ryan as a full time passenger… Nevertheless, here we are. “It’s a great opportunity for us both, and believe me, we are both training hard and are more commited than ever to make a success of this”.
The newly formed duo are looking to kick off with a week of pre season testing in the south of France (Val de Vienne) in March
Simon Gilbert is trying to get a list together of sidecar teams who would take part in a 2 day test at Blyton Park (near Gainsborough) end of February/early March.
Simon would have to hire the circuit and get everyone to share the cost – so is looking for at least 10 teams for both days to get the cost down to 300 for the weekend, the more people go the cheaper it will get. This is comparable to a club meeting entry price but of course a load more track time, basically open circuit.
The date is not set yet, this is to gauge interest so speak to Si and when he has a few people interested he will work everything out. You can find more details of Blyton Park on their website, click the logo below.
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The annual awards presentation dinner and dance takes place on Saturday 25th January at the Best Western Bentley Hotel, South Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9NH.
Tickets are selling fast, but a number of high profile teams still have to submit their table requirements. This is by way of a gentle reminder to make sure you are there on what will be a great evening, to see our successful crews presented with their trophies.
Even before the 2019 awards have been distributed, the calendar for the brand-new season has been finalised. Run on exactly the same lines as previous years, in a prime position in the British Superbike paddock, the series takes on an even bigger significance next year.