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Team Birchall travelled to Andorra last Sunday to attend the 2017 FIM Awards ceremony. The Mitchells of Mansfield supported riders joined the other FIM World Champions at the event held at the Andorra Park Hotel in the Pyrenean Principality.


The Birchalls, along with team-members James Brindley and Tom Mitchell, rubbed shoulders with 35 fellow FIM World Champions and members from the FIM Team World Championships. Swapping their leathers for dinner jackets, the boys enjoyed an evening to remember relaxing and sharing stories with motorcycling royalty such as Marc Marquez, Toni Cairoli and Jonathan Rea.

Read more: BIRCHALL BROTHERS HONOURED TO RECEIVE MEDALS AT FIM AWARDS CEREMONY


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Known as the“Cathedral of Speed”, the famous Assen circuit in Holland is the destination for round nine of The Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship over the weekend of 29th September - 1st October.

The event welcomes two pairs of newly crowned champion brothers, in Tim and Tristan Reeves (Carl Cox Motorsport Kawsaki), who clinched the British title at the previous round at Cadwell, and Ben and Tom Birchall, 2017 FIM World Champions, after dominating that series on their Mitchells of Manfield 600cc Yamaha.
There will no lifting of the pedal however, as both crews are still on a mission with unfinished business.
The Reeves brothers intend to go the entire season with an unblemished record of wins, whilst the Birchalls have their eyes on the 600cc British Cup title to add to their FIM Gold medal.

Read more: Assen next up as season draws to close

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We have here the full report from the latest round of the FIM Sidecar World Championship, courtesy of Big Wally.

 

Read more: Croatia Superside, full report from Mark Walters

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Mansfield brothers Ben and Tom Birchall have been crowned 2017 World Sidecar champions after winning the first of two races in Croatia. Having won the title in 2009 they took a second win in 2016 and have now got the hat trick with the win this year.

The Mitchells of Mansfield supported riders dominated the two qualifying sessions setting a fastest time of 1m 33.918s in the first session to take pole position for the short, 10 lap Sprint race on Saturday.

Read more: BIRCHALL BROTHERS CROWNED WORLD CHAMPIONS

We have most of Mark Walters' reports from the weekend to go on here but I want to put the lot in one big round up rather than post each session separate so that will probably go on tomorrow night. 

I just really want to congratulate Ben and Tom, World Champions for 2017. Top job gentlemen and we will get the full thing on here tomorrow I promise! 

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Mansfield world sidecar racers Ben and Tom Birchall recorded a fine win in the penultimate round of the FIM World Sidecar championship at Assen in the Netherlands on Sunday to remain unbeaten and move 30 points clear of the opposition with just one round - two races - remaining.

The Mitchells of Mansfield supported riders dominated free practice and qualifying to claim pole position at the Cathedral of Speed on Saturday to start Sunday’s 17 lap Gold race from the head of the grid.

Read more: BIRCHALL RACING ASSEN - Penultimate 2017 Superside Round

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“Championship for the taking”

The fifth and final 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.

In the past this round of the FIM Sidecar World Championship has taken place in the month of June, which has been hard on man and machine due to high temperatures. Work on the track surface was due to be undertaken. However this work did not happen, resulting in the later than usual event taking place in September.

Read more: FIM World Sidecar Championship. Grobnik, Rijeka, Croatia - Preview

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We have here from Wally the full report after Assen Superside.. complete with photos from the Big Man himself.. 

Read more: FIM Sidecar World Championship. Assen, Netherlands 2017

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The current Southern 100 Sidecar Championship driver, Tim Reeves returns to the Billown Course to defend his Championship Title, with 2015 winning passenger, Mark Wilkes back in the chair.
However, the tree-time Southern 100 Champion will not find an easy-option in retaining his title as he will be up against no less than four other Sidecar Championship winners!
Most recent, the 2012 winners, brothers Ben & Tom Birchall are presently enjoying their 2017 season, winning both the Sidecar TT Races and enjoying a  commanding lead in the World F2 Championship.
Both crews will have to contend with 6-time Southern 100 Sidecar Champion, Dave Molyneux, who has Dan Sayle in the chair, although this ‘pairing’ have yet to win the coveted title together!

Read more: Sidecar Champions Ready to Renew Rivalry at the Southern 100

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With the sun blazing down on the 4,740 km Pannonia Ring circuit could anyone stop the Birchall Brothers getting another win in the 15 lap Gold Race.
Before the start of the race, there was drama for Peter Kimeswenger and Jens Lehnertz with their “Austria Sidecar Racing-MRSC-Gunskirchen” LCR, Kawaski. After the morning warm up it was all hands on deck. The team had to change their engine, there was not a lot of time for this but the team worked well and they managed this and the team would start the race.

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Read more: FIM World Sidecar Championship. Pannonia Ring Hungary, Gold Race Report.

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With many thanks to Mark Walters, and also the Isle of Man weather giving us a bit of a break in proceedings to catch up, we bring you Mark's full report of qualifying and both races at the second round of the FIM Superside World Championship at Oschersleben a short while back. 

Read more: Oschersleben Round 2 of Superside World Championship

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“Sidecars head to Germany”

Round two of the FIM Sidecar World Championship will take place at the 3.667km circuit of Oschersleben, the circuit which is situated in the Borde district of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

Opened in 1997 as “Motopark Oschersleben” it was then the third permanent racetrack in Germany, the other two being “Nurburgring” and “Hochenheimring”.

This meeting is earlier in the year than previous years, and again the World Sidecars will be supporting the World Endurance Championship for solo machines.
There will be lots of track time for the sidecar teams, and with two races over the weekend a lot of championship points can be had.

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Read more: Preview - 2017 FIM Sidecar World Championship. Oschersleben, Germany.

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Team Birchall set the benchmark for the pace when they took a decisive win in the opening round of the FIM World Sidecar championship at Le Mans on Saturday.

The new rules for the world championship meant that all Sidecar teams had to change from 1000cc to 600cc engines.

Having switched to the smaller engine last year Ben and Tom Birchall secured the FIM F2 World Sidecar title, securing pole positions and lap records on their way to the title.

Read more: BIRCHALL BROTHERS TAKE DECISIVE WIN AT LE MANS

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Birchall Brothers Rule in Le-Mans.

As the lights went out for the first race of the 2017 “FIM Sidecar World Championship”, it was John Holden and Mark Wilkes on their “Barnes/Sillicon Racing” LCR, Kawasaki who got the hole shot into the first complex of corners, this was to be short lived though as Ben and Tom Birchall on their “Birchall Racing” LCR, Yamaha, nipped up the inside of Holden/Wilkes in the first chicane. Right behind the Birchalls was Pekka Paivarinta and Kirsi Kainulainen on their “44-Racing” LCR, Honda. Paivarinta and Kainulainen tried their best to follow the Birchall Brothers past Holden and Wilkes but it was not to happen. It was not till three corners later that Paivarinta and Kainulainen managed to nip pass when Holden/Wilkes left a small space. By this time Bennie Streuer and Kevin Rousseau on their “Team Streuer” LCR, Honda, were right on the tail of Holden/Wilkes.

Read more: FIM Sidecar World Championship. Le-Mans. Race report.

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Birchall Brothers on fire!


Ben and Tom Birchall will start from pole position with a fastest time of 1:44.474, for the 18 lap race that will kick off the 2017 “FIM Sidecar World Championship”.
Brothers Ben and Tom have been flying since free practice, and their lap times have been getting faster as the weekend has gone on. Their “Birchall Racing” LCR, Yamaha has not missed a beat all weekend. But even as qualifying had finished the team were working on the machine, checking all was okay. Driver, Ben said with a smile on his face. “We will make sure all is well with the bike, and we will see if we can improve our lap time in the race. We are really looking forward to the race tomorrow, and let’s hope all goes well”. They will start from the front row on the outside of the circuit.

 

Read more: FIM World Sidecar Championship. Le-Mans. Qualifying.

Birchall Brothers set the pace.

The sun shone brightly at Le-Mans for the first free practice of the season for the “FIM Sidecar World Championship”Ben and Tom Birchall with their “Birchall Racing” LCR, Yamaha, set the fastest time of 1:45.310. The Brothers had a trouble free practice and were really pleased how things went. With the track in near perfect conditions, and a clear track in front of them, they steadily worked up their speed and with only six laps done they set the fastest time.

 

The second fastest time went to Bennie Streuer and Kevin Rousseau on their “Team Streuer” LCR, Honda. Streuer and Rousseau did not have any problems throughout the free practice session. But they will be doing some small adjustments to their suspension settings, and they will have some new rubber fitted for the first qualifying session.

Read more: FIM Sidecar World Championship. Le-Mans, Free Practice.

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The 2017 “FIM Sidecar World Championship” gets under way at the world famous 4,185km “Bugatti Circuit” at Le-Mans, France, over the Easter weekend. The World Sidecars will be supporting the famous “24 Houres Motos” for solo motorcycles.


New rules starting from 2017 means that all the top sidecar teams who were running 1000cc engines had to change to 600cc engines over the winter break. Some teams who ran 600cc engines in short tubular chassis last season have changed to the longer monocoque constructed chassis, but most have just had to change to the 600cc engine.

Read more: FIM Sidecar World Championship 2017. Round One Le-Mans, Preview.

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Scottish sidecar driver Scott Lawrie is to return back to sidecar racing after taking a break from the sport to build up his business.
2013 was the last time Scott and his passenger at the time, James Neave, contested the world championship. They were to finish fourth overall in the championship standings. This year Scott will have Ben Hughes in the chair.. 

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Read more: Scott Lawrie to compete the 2017 FIM Sidecar World Championship.