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Ben and Tom Birchall travelled to Assen in the Netherlands for a round of the World Sidecar championship over the weekend where they recorded yet another strong finish to take the win in the F2 World Trophy.

The F2 World Trophy race is run within the gird of the F1 World championship and after taking pole in their class the Mitchells of Mansfield supported brothers began their campaign from the third row in sixth position overall.

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FIM Sidecar World Championship and the FIM F2 Sidecar World Trophy.
Gamma Racing day, Assen.

With near perfect conditions for racing, and a huge crowd, 28 sidecar teams sat on the grid waiting for the lights to go out.

It was Markus Schlosser and Thomas Hofer on their "Sidecar Racing Team Schlosser" LCR, Suzuki who got the jump from the line and out dragged all the other teams into the first corner, however Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze on their "Remse Racing/Team Eaide" LCR, Yamaha, had different thoughts on letting Schlosser and Hofer get away, they nipped up the inside for the lead and set the pace into the "Strubben "corner.

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FIM Sidecar World Championship and the FIM F2 Sidecar World Trophy.
Gamma Racing Day, Assen, Holland. (Written Saturday 6th August) 

The two qualifying sessions got off to a dry and bright start at the "Cathedral of Speed" in Assen and was watched by a large enthusiastic crowd.
Some sidecar teams were taking things slowly at first, bedding in refreshed engines and new brakes.

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The World famous 4.542km circuit of Assen in the Netherlands, known as the "Cathedral" will host round four of the Fim Sidecar World Championship, and the FIM F2 Sidecar World Trophy This will be running with the ever popular "Gamma Race Day". Last year nearly 100,000, sun soaked spectators watched this great event at a great race circuit.


18 points - that is what is separating the championship leaders, Pekka Paivarinta and Kirsi Kainulainen from second place in the championship Sebastien Delannoy and Kevin Rousseau.

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From Victoria we have the entry list for Assen Superside. 

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On the forum here from Victoria, supplementary regs for Assen Superside. 

CLICK HERE  FOR THE DOWNLOAD PAGE

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UPDATE: At the moment the links to the videos are on the TVFIM channel but clicking on them brings up an error. I don't know if it's temporary so I'll leave this here just in case, it looks like they should be working. 

From AurĂ©lie Carbon, the 26 minute highlights from each of the rounds below are now available to watch online. 


Le Mans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSJKiOI3Cc0


Rijeka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXClPh-gN3o


Pannoniaring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Lmp9bUrXWY

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Ben and Tom Birchall recorded another winning double when they contested the third round of the FIM F2 Sidecar World Trophy in Hungary at the weekend.

The Mansfield brothers were fastest in their class and set off in the 10 lap sprint race on Saturday to take the lead, mixing it with the bigger engine machines throughout the race. Their consistency was rewarded with a win in the F2 World Trophy and a fantastic fourth place overall.

Pannonia Ring, Hungary.

"Reeves and Cluze back on the Top Spot"

With the weather a little cooler but still bright sunshine, it was going to be a hard 15 lap race.

As the lights went out it was Sebastien Delannoy and Kevin Rousseau on their "Team Sand Seb 72" LCR, Suzuki who got the hole shot into the first corner. Pekka Paivarinta and Kirsi Kainulainen on their "44-Racing" LCR, BMW were right on their tail, and right with them was Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze on their "Remse Racing Team" LCR, Yamaha, they worked well into the night and changed the engine on their machine, after it expired in the Sprint race yesterday.

Pannonia Ring Hungary. Sprint Race

"Flying Finns take Top Spot and History Made"

With the sun basking the 4,740km Pannonia Ring circuit in 35 degrees, it was going to be a hard race from word go. With only ten laps, it was "Full Gas" from the lights out.

It was Pekka Paivarinta and Kirsi Kainulainen on their "44-Racing" LCR, BMW, who led into the first complex of corners, right with them was Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze on their "Remse Racing Team" LCR, Yamaha. Pole sitter, Sebastien Delannoy and Kevin Rousseau on their "Team Sand Seb 72" LCR, Suzuki. Markus Schlosser and Thomas Hofer with their "Sidecar Racing Team Schlosser" LCR, Suzuki were right with Delannoy and Rousseau.

 

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Fresh from their decisive victory in the second race at the Isle of Man TT festival Ben and Tom Birchall rode to a winning double at Grobnik Automotodrom in Croatia at the weekend to extend their championship lead in the FIM F2 Sidecar World trophy.

The Mitchells of Mansfield supported team were contesting the F2 Sidecar World Trophy is run within the grid for the FIM F1 Sidecar world championship with the F2 riders competing for their own set of points for the trophy.

Automotodrom Grobnik, Croatia, 


With the weather dry, bright, but windy, the lights went out and it was Markus Schlosser and Thomas Hofer on their "Sidecar Racing Team Schlosser" LCR, Suzuki who got the hole shot into the first corner, right on his tail was Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze on their "Remse Racing Team" LCR, Yamaha, Pekka Paivarinta and Kirsi Kainulainen on their "44-Racing" LCR, BMW were sitting third with John Holden and Stuart Ramsey with their "Sillicone/Barnes Racing" LCR, Suzuki, fourth.

Reeves and Cluze followed by Paivarinta and Kainulainen managed to overhaul Schlosser and Hofer and started to make a brake for it. Schlosser and Hofer were under pressure from Sean Hegarty and James Neave with their "Hegarty Racing" LCR, Suzuki, who managed to get by Holden and Ramsey. Reeves and Cluze were having a great battle for the lead with Paivarinta and Kainulainen. When on lap four the red flags came out for an incident involving Tomas Axelsson and Artis Neilands on their "Sidecarracingteam 669" ART, Suzuki.


Automotodrom Grobnik Croatia.

With bright sunshine basking the 4,168km circuit. There was drama for the third fastest qualifying team of John Holden and Stuart Ramsey. They had to change the engine on their "Sillicone/Barnes Racing" machine.

With the three minute board being shown Holden and Ramsey were just getting their leathers and helmets on, they made the grid just in time. They were to have a good race, considering the panic just before. Holden and Ramsey battled hard throughout the race and were to finish in seventh place.

Also Tony baker and Fiona Baker Milligan changed their engine before the race on their "Cumbria Express" Baker, Suzuki, it was all go in their pit box as they are sharing with Holden and Ramsey. Baker and Baker Milligan were to finish the race in fourth place in the FIM Sidecar F2 World Trophy class.

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Tim Reeves opened his 2016 season in the perfect fashion at the weekend when he and passenger Gregory Cluze won the opening round of the World Sidecar Championship at Le Mans, France. Held in wet weather, the Remse Racing duo took the victory by just over four seconds from Finnish pairing Pekka Paivarinta and Kirsi Kainulainen.