Welcome to the preview of the penultimate round of the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. Formula Two British Sidecar Championship, hosted for the first time in seven years with the East Midlands Racing Association at “the friendly circuit” Mallory Park.
On Saturday 9th September, there will be a free practice session and qualifying for the two races, which will be taking place on Sunday 10th September.
A feature at the end of the day on the Saturday will be “taxi rides”. Anyone wanting to have a taxi ride will also need to complete the necessary documents on the day no later than 4pm. Taxi rides will take place for approximately one hour, starting around 5pm. Participants will have two laps for £25, and all money raised will go to the “Riley Clay Fund” This charity has been set up in memory of Riley Clay grandson of former committee members Janey and Dean Banks, who fought a rare form of cancer and sadly lost his battle only a few days ago. Riley was just 18 months old; and the family are intending to help and support families who go through a similar situation by providing somewhere to spend time with children with a limited life expectancy. For the sidecar racing community, this is a small way to contribute to such a worthy cause.
Could the reigning champions Peter Founds / Jevan Walmsley seal the title at Mallory? The duo have a fifty seven point lead to second placed Steve and Matty Ramsden. The latter will be looking to consolidate their second place, and with the Lowther brothers currently holding third having opted to miss the remaining two rounds, Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle will be looking for big points at Mallory to usurp the Lowthers - they sit in fourth position twenty six points behind. With 100 points still up for grabs, Lee Crawford / Scott Hardie currently in fifth position in the championship are a further thirteen points back, and could quite easily move up the table now they seem to be experiencing a better run of form.
In the F2 Cup after securing six consecutive class wins, the Manx pairing of Mike Jackson / Callum Crowe hold a healthy thirty four point lead over Nicky Dukes / William Moralee. They in turn are just six points ahead of third placed Brian Ilaria / Jody James, whom hold a twenty point cushion from Ralph Remnant / Samantha Tilley. So it is fairly tight in the cup and reliability is key with two races on Sunday, and a quick turnaround sees the third visit of the year to Cadwell Park for the final round.
There will be live timings available on the TSL website.
The current lap record on the 1.39 mile circuit is held by Simon Neary/Stuart Bond, this record has stood for nearly ten years at 55.351s.