Marin Motorsports & Leeds Parcel Company Join Forces With Team A.R.C. For 2020 Campaign

Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie are aiming to build on their impressive foundations on the short circuits and at the “real road” courses over the last few years in the coming season. The highlight of 2020 looks set to be the Isle of Man TT Races, where Lee will make his debut as a driver, although Scott has already put two successful visits under his belt, with a best finishing position to date of ninth place in Race B in 2019.

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By Mark Walters

Multiple champions, Ben and Tom Birchall will be taking some time away from racing in the “FIM World Championship”.
At the last round of 2019 in “Estoril” Portugal, “Birchall Racing” sold their former championship-winning “LCR” Yamaha to Dutch sidecar driver Kees Endeveld. This left some people wondering would the Birchall Brothers, Ben and Tom start the 2020 season with a new “LCR” chassis, powered with Yamaha engines.

Unfortunately, this is not to be. It was decided by the team that it was time to take a break from racing on the world scene to spend more time with their young families, continue to develop their LCR chassis and focus their racing efforts closer to home on the smaller F2 machine.

Driver Ben said, “It was a very hard decision to make, but if I was totally honest, I was not really enjoying my racing at the world level. A lot of things have happened over the last couple of years. By spending more time in the UK, we can focus on racing the F2 outfit as well as having longer to enjoy family life and develop the LCR bikes even more.
There’s definitely more development that we can do to the F2 machine, but as for the F1 chassis, we would like to develop and try to improve that too, but it will be hard, as it’s nearly perfect as it is.”

Ben and Tom have been racing together every year since 2004.

But remember people, this is not retirement; this is taking some time out racing the F1 Chassis. Let’s hope the Birchall Brothers, Ben and Tom, will be back in the world championship paddock very soon.

Mark Walters.

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.

For Simon’s contact details please click read more!

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Round 1: 27-29 March – Wakefield Park Raceway – ASBK

Round 2: 15-17 May – Morgan Park Raceway – Masters of Morgan Park

Round 3: 19-21 June – The Bend Motorsport Park – Adelaide 3 Hour

Round 4: 11-13 September – Winton Motor Raceway – ASBK

Round 5: 31 October – 1 November – Barbagallo Raceway – Kings of Wanneroo

See full report on Motorcycling Australia here

From Robert Schoonderbeek at Camathias Cup, their 2020 race dates :-

11-12 April Croix en Ternois  France
1-3 May Ring Djursland Denmark
9-10 May Hengelo Netherlands
20-21 June Bob Mac Scotland
3-5 July Spa Belgium
8-9 August Cadwell England
21-23 August Gedinne Belgium
5-6 September Donington England

Robert adds that Guests are welcome to join at any of these rounds with machinery that fits the spirit of the Camathias Cup. See the Camathias Cup website for contact details, click the logo above.

From Alex Jansen

Updated provisional entry list

1. Kurt Gussé/ Loris Seret (Bel) F1 1000
2. Thormod Jensen/ Kare Jensen (Den) F1 1100
3. Dillan McDermott/ tba (Aus) F1 1000
4. Laurent Chapillon/ tba (Fra) F1 1000
5. Chris Baert/ Kathi Pendras (Bel/Ger) F1 1000
6. Jim Hamilton/ tba (GBr) F1 1000
7. Cedric Pierard/ Arnaud Pierard (Bel) F1 1000
8. Geoffrey Piette/ Boris Liegois (Bel) F1 1000
9. Jean Cornet/ tba (Bel) F1 1000
10. Steven Pawley/ Dave Hammond (GBr) F2 600
11. Alain De Muynck/ Kenny Roegiers (Bel) F2 600
12. Rob Atkinson/ Mark Middleton (GBr) F2 600
13. Mick Alton/ tba (Aus) F2 600
14. Jef Driesen/ Vincent van Looveren (Bel) F2 600
15. Dennis Driesen/Vincent van den Hautte Bel) F2 600

Interested teams please send a email to sidecar.racing.international@gmail.com or just send a pm on Facebook

Some teams from Australia and New Zealand would like to race at the Ducati Club Race. However, transporting the sidecar costs them a lot of money. Therefore on their behalf the question: Are there people who want to rent outt an F1 or F2 sidecar for this event?
If you could help and rent out a sidecar, please let us know at: sidecar.racing.international@gmail.com.
Then I let the teams contact you.

Photo: Henk Teerink (Ducati Club Race 2019)

Photo from Henk Teerink