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Maria Costello MBE has continued her run of success with an impressive fourth place in the prestigious Classic Senior TT at the Bennetts Isle of Man Classic TT.

She came close to taking another Classic TT podium on the back of two podium finishes in the Cup 600 class of the British Sidecar Championship at Thruxton, and a top-10 finish in the Supertwin class at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Read more: COSTELLO CLAIMS FANTASTIC FOURTH AT CLASSIC TT

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Scunthorpe brothers John and Jake Lowther had an excellent weekend at the "Barry Sheene Road Races" on the 22nd and 23rd July, taking four podium places from the same number of starts, including their maiden win as a pairing at the famous Oliver's Mount Circuit. However, their team mates, Lee Crawford and new passenger, Scott Hardie endured a frustrating event, unable to replicate their dominant form they had enjoyed the previous weekend at East Fortune in the Scottish Championship meeting, where they had won all four sidecar races.

Read more: Lowther Brothers Take First Oliver's Mount Win

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Mansfield brothers Ben and Tom Birchall contested the two races in the Isle of Man Southern 100 F2 Sidecar class last week resulting in a resounding win in the first race and a DNF in the Championship race on Thursday.

Starting the first race on Wednesday from a second row grid position the Mitchells of Mansfield supported riders got a good start to the six lap Ace Hire and Sales F2 Sidecar event to nip through into second place. As they crossed the line to start lap two there was less than a second separating the first four outfits with all four running inside the existing lap record.

Read more: Pleasure and Pain at the Southern 100, Birchall Racing Report

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The planned programme of events, as seen on the Southern 100 website

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From Phil Edge we have the full results of Monday night practice at the Southern 100 in timekeepers on the forum here - and please don't forget Mark Dennis' stirling efforts in there keeping everything up to date from all the meetings he can find! 

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Team A.R.C. had another weekend of contrasting fortunes as they fielded two outfits at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough in the Cock O'The North Road Races on the 24th and 25th June. While John and Jake Lowther impressed with four podium placings from the same number of starts; their team mates Lee Crawford and (stand-in passenger) Harry Payne had a successful opening day, taking a win and a third place, but suffered two non-finishes on the Sunday.

Read more: Podiums A-Plenty For Team A.R.C. At Oliver's Mount

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The annual "Cock O'The North Road Races" at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough will be held this coming weekend (24th & 25th June), and many classes are oversubscribed, with some entries unfortunately having to be returned. A full grid of Formula Two Sidecars will be fighting for supremacy in four races over the weekend, with "UK Super 2" points at stake in all of their outings. In addition, the "Robin Daykin Memorial Trophy" will be presented to the overall winners (highest point scorers over the four legs). The current holders - Dave Wallis and Harry Payne - will both be looking to retain the award, but this year line up on separate machines!

Read more: Close Racing Anticipated At Oliver's Mount

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Sidecar entries are needed in the next few days to ensure the class is run at the "Cock O'The North" Road Races at Oliver's Mount on June 24th & 25th.

Entries officially close on Friday 26th May - however, by this time, many competitors will be at the TT. If insufficient sidecar entries are received by the closing date, the class will unfortunately be shelved. Presently, all solo classes are looking well subscribed, so there will be additional solo races to take the allocated time if entries are not forthcoming.

Read more: Sidecar Entries Needed A.S.A.P. For Upcoming Oliver's Mount Events

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Morecambe’s John McGuinness has been ruled out of this weekend’s International North West 200 road races after the Honda Racing rider crashed during Thursday’s final qualifying session for Saturday’s two Superbike races.

Having qualified in 11th place for the Supersport class on board the Jackson Racing Honda, John had set the seventh fastest Superbike time on Tuesday and was hopeful of improving upon this on Thursday.

Read more: McGuinness ruled out of International North West 200

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Lee Crawford and Jake Lowther, representing Team A.R.C. had their most successful weekend of racing at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough to date; on April 22nd and 23rd. The pair both set their personal best lap times, and took a brace of wins - the first time either of them had tasted victory at the picturesque seaside public road circuit.

Read more: Spring Cup Success For Crawford & Lowther

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A reminder that entries for the Oliver's Mount Spring Cup meeting on the 22nd & 23rd April close tomorrow (Friday 24th March).Entry forms can be downloaded from - HERE - or alternatively contact the office (01723 373000) to make arrangements. There will be four sidecar races each weekend this year (as opposed to the usual three), which was requested by the competitors over the close season - a full sidecar entry would provide justification for this change.

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Michael Dunlop is set to race the all-new GSX-R1000 in 2017, the 13-time Isle of Man TT winner signing for the new-look Bennetts Suzuki team for the forthcoming season.

Dunlop will race the new machine at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy as well as the North West 200, the Southern 100 and the Ulster Grand Prix road races. The Northern Irishman will also contest the opening round of the MCE British Superbike championship at Donington Park in April.

The 2016 Superbike and Senior TT winner and current out-right lap-record holder will get his first ride on the new GSX-R1000 he will race this season at a shakedown test at the team’s Mallory Park base today [Wednesday], before heading to Spain for tests at Cartagena and Almeria.

Read more: Michael Dunlop set to race new GSX-R1000 with Bennetts Suzuki

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Regulations and Entry Forms for the 2017 Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races have only recently become available and already race organisers have received over 100 entries which includes a number of newcomers to the popular races.

Most popular class in the eight race programme at present is the Junior (350cc) with 22 entries with the Senior (500cc) race attracting 17, whilst the 250cc/350cc Singles race has 16.

Read more: Early Classic Entries Encouraging

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To misquote Dave  - 

For those who may be interested - at this year’s Blackfords Pre TT Classic Races 26th, 27th & 29th May 2017 Post Classic sidecars and F350s are now eligible. 

Click read more for more details and the link to the Pre TT Classic Entry Form page.. 

 

Read more: Post Classics (FSRA spec) now eligible to race at the Blackfords Pre TT Classic,

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The "Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup" road races are set to be the highlight of this years fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the Auto 66 Club. Coincidentally, it is seventy years since the first race meeting was held at the legendary 2.43 mile "Oliver's Mount" public road circuit in Scarborough - to mark the occasion, a bumper entry of solos and sidecars has been received, and will do battle over the weekend of the 24th and 25th September.

Read more: Sidecar Stars Vie For International Gold Cup

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The Ian Bell trophy has been created for the overall winner of the popular and ever growing sidecar race series which has been held at Scarborough's Oliver's Mount events, Isle of Man TT, Southern 100 and Auto 66's Cadwell Park events during 2016.

Named after the legend of the sport; Ian bell who tragically lost his life at the Isle of Man TT this year.

Read more: UK Super 2 sidecar masters series dedicates overall trophy to the memory of Ian Bell.

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One of the most exciting Sidecar races in the history of the Southern 100 was witnessed by thousands of fans who had spread themselves outaround the Billown Course on Championship Day 2016, Thursday 14th July.

The outright Sidecar lap record had stood to Nick Crowe and Dan Sayle since 2007, just shy of the 'magic' 100mph at 99.778mph, a time of2m 33.341 s.

In ideal conditions 19 Sidecar crews lined up on the grid on Castletown By-Pass ready for the challenge of eight hectic laps around the 4.25-milecourse - certainly not one for the faint hearted!

Read more: Southern 100, Weds 20th July 8pm on ITV 4. Don't miss it!

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For the second successive year, Tim Reeves took victory in the Southern 100 Sidecar Championship and, together with Patrick Farrance, set a new outright lap record on Thursday afternoon of 100.749mph around the challenging Billown circuit.

The Team Klaffi Honda/F13K Cancer duo were part of a superb four-way battle for the lead with fellow World Champions Ben and Tom Birchall, John Holden/Andy Winkle and Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle and although the latter retired at the end of lap three, the remaining three crews fought for supremacy.

Read more: Reeves and Farrance take Southern 100 Championship