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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.

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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.

 

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.

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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.

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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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Remše racing team is looking for an experienced passenger for the world championship in 2017.

Rider will be Janez Remše, for details, please contact the team: CLICK READ MORE for details. 

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From Victoria, an update to the 2017 Superside Schedule. The round initially set for 24 June has been cancelled. 

The calendar is now. 

15 April, Le Mans

20-21 May, Oschersleben, Germany (2 races)

17-18 June, Pannonia, Hungary (2 races)

6th August, Assen, Netherlands

9-10 September, Rijeka, Croatia. (2 races) 

F.I.M. Provisional Sidecar Calendar 2017

15 April France Le Mans
20-21 May Germany Oschersleben (2 Races)
17-18 June Hungary Pannonia Ring (2 Races)
24 June To be announced Europe
06 August The Netherlands Assen
09-10 September Croatia Grobnik-Rijeka (2 Races)

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Donington Park. 
Reeves takes win but no championship!

With dry conditions, but overcast, the lights went out for the last race of the season for the FIM Sidecar World Championship and the FIM Sidecar F2 World Trophy.

Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze got the perfect start from pole position with their "Remse Racing/Team Eaide" LCR, Yamaha, they set off down "Craner Curves" letting the rest of the field know what their intensions were, a race win would only do for them.

Championship leaders Pekka Paivarinta and Kirsi Kainulainen with their "44-Racing" LCR, BMW slotted in behind Reeves and Cluze, they had to stay out of trouble throughout the race, and hope that their machine would last the race distance to take the championship title.

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FIM Sidecar World Championship and the FIM Sidecar F2 World Trophy, Donington Park, England.

Reeves and Cluze start from pole.

The final race for the FIM Sidecar World Championship will see Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze on their "Remse Racing/Team Eaide" LCR, Yamaha start from pole position; they set a time of 1:35.492 in Q2. The team were really happy with the time they set. Although the weather conditions were cooler than Q1 they steadily built up their speed in the session and set the time on lap eight of the nine they did. Reeves said, "I found the track slippy but when we got the heat into the tyres all was good, we got some clear track and we went for it. We are looking forward to the race and we hope it will be good for us".

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Donington Park. Championship for the taking!!

SEE THE NEWER POST FOR THE REVISED TIMETABLE AND ENTRY LIST FROM VICTORIA. (THANK YOU FANCH AND PHILIPPE GALLERNE FOR SENDING THEM AS WELL)

The final race of the 2016 FIM Sidecar World Championship and the FIM Sidecar F2 World Trophy will be held at Donington Park, England.
Donington Park first opened its gates in 1931, initially for motorcycle racing and then two years later for car action. The circuit went on to stage Grand Prix for both motorcycles and cars in the pre-war era.

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After recording the win in both races at Oschersleben, Mansfield brothers Ben and Tom Birchall have secured the World F2 Trophy title with one race remaining and will celebrate their world title at Donington Park in front of their sponsors, family and friends in the final round on September 17.

The Mitchells of Mansfield supported brothers had a perfect run setting a time of 1m 33.769s during qualifying to secure a third row start in the mixed grid of riders for the start of the 12 lap Sprint race. Ben said: "It has all gone perfectly for us today and once again we are the top F2 Trophy team on the grid."

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We have here the full reports from the weekend at Oschersleben from Mark Walters. 

As I had no internet connection for a few days I will put the three reports up together as one piece so you can catch up quickly.. please do read. This is the story of the whole weekend from Wally who does an amazing job of going out there to report for us, unpaid basically. 

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Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze got their World Sidecar Championship challenge back on track last weekend as they claimed victory in the fourth round of the series at Assen, Holland. The win, their third of the season, moved them back up to fourth overall with three races still remaining.

Always at home at the Dutch venue, Tim and Gregory signalled their intentions for race day in the first qualifying session when they lapped at 1m43.218s on the Team E-Aide Motorsport/Remse Racing LCR Yamaha to claim provisional pole position. The second qualifying session saw damp conditions greeting the competitors and Tim and Gregory were again quickest although it was their time from Q1 that ultimately saw them line up for Sunday's 17-lap race from pole and the front row.