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Mitchells of Mansfield backed Birchall Racing have won the 2018 FIM Sidecar World Championship with victory at the final round of the season in Oschersleben, Germany.

With only one point separating the leading two teams coming into the seventh round, the championship fight ultimately came down to one race – a showdown between the Birchall brothers and their closest rivals Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes.

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FIM Sidecar World Championship.

Oschersleben, Gold Race Report.

It was a beautiful evening to go racing; the tension could be felt on the grid for the final race of the 2018 “FIM Sidecar World Championship”. It was a depleted field but that did not matter, the top teams were going to do battle for the “World Title”.

Just before the warm up lap all the riders on the front row shook hands, and let the best team win.

The lights went out for the 21 lap race, and it was Ben and Tom Birchall with their “LCR” Yamaha who led into the first complex of corners, Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes with their “Adolf RS” Yamaha were right on the tail of the Birchall Brothers, Bennie Streuer and Kevin Rousseau with their “LCR” Kawasaki were a bike length from the leading pair but they were having to defend hard because the “Flying Finns” Pekka Paivarinta and Jussi Veravainen with their “LCR” Honda were charging hard. There was a small gap then next up was Lukas Wyssen and Thomas Hofer on their “LCR” Yamaha, they had Michael Grabmuller and Sebastien Lavorel on their “LCR” Yamaha, pushing hard, trying to get passed Wyssen and Hofer. Janez Remse and Manfred Wechselberger with their “Adolf RS” Yamaha were next up, but it looked if Remse was having problems from the word go, his machine seemed to be lurching, however the team continued on, they were fending off the “Rookie team” of the year Sam and Adam Christie on their “LCR” Yamaha. Peter Kimeswenger with Jens Lehnertz on their “LCR” Kawasaki were next up with Eero Parm and Mairon Meius with their “LCR” Yamaha right on the tail of Kimeswenger and Lehnertz.

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The sun was up and the track was just starting to get a bit of heat in it for the second qualifying session in Oschersleben.

Although the heat was coming there was a slight dampness from the morning dew. This added to the tension throughout the paddock. You can tell that the top three teams are tense, even the mechanics, TV crews are tense.

Pekka Paivarinta and Jussi Veravainen went out on track with a hard tyre, two laps was all they managed, they were to slide off track, they returned to pit lane, and decided to sit the rest of the qualifying session out. So their time from Q1 will put them fourth on the grid for the 21 lap race.

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“One Race, One Point, One Championship”


The final round of the 2018 “FIM Sidecar World Championship” will take place at the 3.667km clockwise circuit of Oschersleben. Opened in July, 1997, the circuit’s flat contour makes it smooth and fast, and is situated just south of Magdebourg in Germany.
One 21 lap race will decide the outcome of the Championship. And who would have predicted how the championship has turned out.
Three teams have been fighting throughout the season for the top spot. Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes, Ben and Tom Birchall, and Pekka Paivarinta with Jussi Veravainen.

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Mitchells of Mansfield backed Birchall Racing have taken a double-win at round six of the 2018 FIM Sidecar World Championship. Claiming the maximum 50 points from the weekend, Ben and Tom will now head to the final round of the championship held at Oschersleben in Germany trailing the leaders by one single point.

Held in glorious conditions at the Grobnik track near Rijeka in Croatia, the sixth round of the Sidecar World Championship could not have gone any better for the Mansfield-based brothers. Despite coming into the event with a sizeable points-deficit on the championship leaders, the Birchall’s determination to never give up paid off with them topping the standings in both practice and qualifying. Enjoying great pace on the track and with their LCR outfit performing perfectly, the brothers main aim was to take both race wins at the 4.168-kilometre track.

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FIM World Sidecar Championship.

The temperature was hot, 30 degrees! 18 laps, it was a hard race.


Coming here Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes had a healthy 51 point lead in the championship. But a DNF yesterday had the team working well into the early hours of the morning trying to get their “Adolf RS” Yamaha up and running for today’s race. They managed to get onto the grid with a lot of blood, sweat and tears.


As the lights went out it was Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes who got the hole shot into the first corner, Ben and Tom Birchall on their “LCR” Yamaha followed with Bennie Streuer and Kevin Rousseau on their “LCR” Kawasaki. A great start from Lukas Wyssen and Thomas Hofer on their “LCR” Yamaha, they were right on the tail of Streuer/Rousseau. Pekka Paivarinta and Jussi Veravainen on their “LCR” Honda had a bit of a rough ride into the first corner, there was contact between them and another team resulting with the sidecar wheel arch getting pushed in, the team continued but it would cause them problems later in the race. Next up was Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Rosney with their “LCR” Suzuki. Right on the tail of Blackstock and Rosney was Michael Grabmuller and Sebastien Lavorel with their “LCR” Yamaha; next up was Scott Lawrie and Michael Fairhurst with their “LCR” Yamaha.
For the next few laps the race was hot at the front, but there were hard battles throughout the field.

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With the sun starting to fall from the sky the track temperature was still high. And the anticipation on the grid was tense.

As the lights went out it was Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes on their “Adolf RS” Yamaha who led into the first corner with Ben and Tom Birchall right on their tail with their “LCR” Yamaha. The Birchall Brothers were having none of this though, they drew alongside Reeves and Wilkes going into turn two, side by side the two teams battled all the way round the corner. It was the Birchall Brothers who were to appear back into sight in the lead.

 

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Reeves and Wilkes have one hand on the title!

 

The sixth round of the FIM Sidecar World Championship” will take place at the 4.168km circuit of Grobnik in Croatia, just south of Rijeka, just inland from the Adriatic Coast. The anti-clockwise circuit is surrounded with mountains with stunning views all round. The “Automotodrom Grobnik” circuit opened in 1978 and until 1990 the Yugoslavian motorcycle GP was held here. A big change at the circuit for this year, the track has been resurfaced. Over the years the track surface was known to be so grippy, that even slick tyres would be used in wet conditions. It will be interesting to see how the sidecar teams get on with the new surface, and if they like the new surface.


“Sidecar teams love “The Cathedral of Speed” at Assen”


The fast flowing 4.542 km circuit at Assen, commonly known as the “Cathedral of Speed” will once again welcome the “FIM Sidecar World Championship” teams for round five of the 2018 championship, on the 18th and 19th August. And once again the “Gamma Racing Day” will be the host.


It has been just over one month since the last round at the “Pannonia Ring” Hungary. With 146 points, championship leaders Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes will want to increase their points tally here. Reeves and Wilkes came back to the championship this year after having a year away, and they certainly have stamped their authority in the championship, with four wins, two second places, however a very rare mistake by Reeves in the “Gold Race” in Hungary saw the pair take a lowly tenth place. But the six points for this place could make all the difference to their championship total at the end of the year. Reeves and Wilkes like this circuit at Assen and will want to get back on their winning ways and stand on the top spot of the podium.

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Slovakiaring Welcomes World Sidecars


It seems like only yesterday since the “FIM World Sidecar Championship” teams kicked off their 2018 season in Le-Mans, but that is all in the past. The teams are heading to a new circuit to them. The 5.922km “Slovakia Ring” will welcome the sidecar teams. Opened in 2009, the fast, mainly right hand corner circuit is a short 35km from the capital Bratislava. As like in Le-Mans the sidecars will be supporting the “FIM, Endurance World Championship”.

Birchall Racing have got their 2018 FIM Sidecar World Championship campaign off to a great start by placing as runner-up at round one held at the famous Le Mans circuit in France.

The Mitchells of Mansfield supported team were immediately fast on the 4.185km Bugatti Circuit. Under the hot French sun and with the track in perfect condition, the Birchall brothers went quickest on Thursday’s free practice.

Quttro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki. Image by Mark Walters- header

Portsmouth’s Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki sidecar team made the 500 mile round trip to the iconic Le Mans circuit in Northern France for the first round of the World sidecar Championship. Held on the 2.7 mile Bugatti circuit the team were taking advantage of their new engine size of 600cc which enabled them to compete in the first round where all machines have to be 600cc powered.


After a mixed weekend at last weekend’s British Championship, Portsmouth driver Ricky Stevens and Dover based passenger Ryan Charlwood wanted to use Le Mans for further valuable track time on their new 600cc Kawasaki powered sidecar. It was also a great chance to compete at the highest level against the numerous World Champions racing there.

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“Reeves and Wilkes back with a bang”

With the temperature way up in the thirties the sun kissed crowed saw a great sidecar race to start the 2018 championship.

As the lights went out the pole sitting team went backwards. Ben and Tom Birchall “LCR” Yamaha,bogged their machine down off the line. They were swallowed up by the perusing pack and were to head into the first corner in seventh place, however they had made a place by the time they hit the first chicane. This bad start left the team with a lot of work to do if the wanted to be fighting for the lead.

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From Victoria.. 

Meeting: FIM Sidecar World Championship                                     IMN: 105/02

Circuit Bugatti, Le Mans 18 April 2018

NOTICE N°1

Dear All, 

As per Art.1.9, the Technical Director on behalf of the International Jury, has changed the time schedule for the technical as follow: