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From Gary Thompson 
 
Tonight’s first practice is unfortunately cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Low cloud and mist is affecting the TT Course and is unlikely to improve. Tonight’s practice will be held tomorrow afternoon (26th May). Roads close - 12.45pm with practice starting at 1.30pm.

The opening qualifying session will now take place tomorrow (Sunday 26th May) to the following schedule:

  • 11.45:  Mountain closes Barrule Park Ramsey to Bungalow
  • 12.00:  Mountain closes Bungalow to Creg Ny Baa
  • 13.00:  All roads closed
  • 13.30:  Solo Newcomers’ speed controlled lap
  • 13.35:  Sidecar Newcomers' speed controlled lap
  • 13.50:  Start Supersport / Lightweight Practice
  • 17.30:  Roads open except Mountain section
  • 18.30:  All roads open
 
 

Live timing will be available on

THIS IOMTT.COM LINK HERE 

which is also the link for radio commentary and TV Schedule.

Click read more for more bits and pieces... (pre TT Classic Race Schedule from Mark added)

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Almost perfect conditions proved a thankful contrast to that of round two, as teams headed to Donington Park for the third installment of the F.S.R.A. / Lane Building Services Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship, hosted by N.G.R.R.C.

In the F2 class, Rob Fisher, with regular passenger Rick Long back in the chair took their 600 Baker Thundercat to a hat-trick of victories to claim maximum points finishing first on the road in all three races. Next up, and also sealing three wins in the F1 class were Joe Heys / Gary Wheeler (1200 Heys Kawasaki), in what is Joe's fiftieth season of racing!

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The second round of the 2019 A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship saw another lap record fall, in a weekend featuring some fantastic racing. There was a win each for Lee Crawford / Scott Hardie, and series leaders Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley, both similarly mounted on LCR Suzuki machinery. Rob Atkinson / Glenn Dawson (Bellas Suzuki) were the dominant force in the F2 Cup, taking both wins to move up to third in the “series within a series”, despite having to miss the opening round at Snetterton a month ago.

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Round One - Oulton Park 4-6 May 2019

The long wait was over, a record entry assembled, an air of anticipation surrounded the entire paddock, and the much publicised new season was finally under way.
There could be no more fitting place to kick-start the 2019 championship chase, than the picturesque Oulton Park circuit, scene of many sidecar battles over six decades, with World Champions past and present having tackled the iconic parkland track.
Free practice provided a taste of things to come, with a string of colour and action all round the 2.7 mile track. The 600cc engines sang a uniform song as the crews familiarised themselves with new machinery, and dialled themselves in ahead of qualifying.
Although bitterly cold, the sun was out and the track dry for the first free session with a full twenty minutes track time.
Ben and Tom Birchall set the early pace ahead of John Holden/Lee Cain, but at the close, Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney emerged fastest with their Yamaha. With John Holden second fastest at the flag, it was a Silicone/Barnes Racing double. Times needless to say, were conservative, as this was after all, the opening exploratory session.

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Having just about recovered from the rain and wind at Oulton Park a fortnight ago, the third round of the 2019 F.S.R.A. Preinjection Sidecar Championship travels to Donington Park on the weekend of the 11th and 12th May. This looks set to be an interesting weekend of sidecar racing, with the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Championship also being hosted by N.G.R.R.C. Seventeen Pre-Injection sidecars have entered, comprising of eleven F2 and six F1, this being the greatest turn out so far this year.

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Donington Park is the setting for the second round of this year's A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship over the weekend of the 11th and 12th May. Three weeks have now passed since the opening event at a very chilly – but mainly dry – weekend at Snetterton. The trip to Norfolk was a particularly fruitful one for reigning champions Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley who had a perfect weekend, with pole position, two wins and shaved a massive 1.9 seconds off the lap record. In the F2 Cup, series debutants Michael Kirkup / Arlo Brown topped the timesheets in every session, and took two convincing wins and hold a ten point advantage in this section.

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Unfortunately the second round of the 2019 F.S.R.A. / Lane Building Services Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship saw fewer competitors – not due to a lack of enthusiasm or interest, but owing to the fact that the shared grid of sidecars was over-subscribed well before the closing date for entries.

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The waiting is over, and we are a matter of a week or so away from the new British Sidecar Championship season. The Molson Group have once again pledged their support, and now in their fifth year of involvement, have assumed full title sponsorship.
The new season is full of promise, as all the teams are now under the new “ 600cc rule ” which will see a much more level playing field and closer racing.
Now aligned to the FIM World Championship, the 600cc formula is irrespective of chassis style, and is therefore open to long and short outfits alike. This will greatly simplify the sport, and get us back to the concept of “sidecar racing” regardless of configuration.
It will also allow those teams who regularly compete on the roads, to have the odd short circuit outing by way of preparation if they so choose.

A message from Shaun Parker.. 

"My driver for the TT has lost his main sponsor so cant compete this year due to lack of funds. If there is anyone looking for a passenger please pm me"

Please email me, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Shaun's contact details, or find him on facebook here

 

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Birchall Racing have enjoyed a strong opening round to the 2019 FIM Sidecar World Championship held at Le Mans, France, finishing fourth and claiming valuable championship points. Despite an issue slowing their pace in the latter stages of the race, the team came away from the meeting having set the fastest time in every session, including a new race lap record.

Teams were blessed with glorious sunshine for the entire weekend at round one of this year’s Sidecar World Championship, held in conjunction with the famous Le Mans 24-Hour motorcycle race. As such, the grandstands were packed with spectators and the sidecar crews put on a great show to the delight of the 1,000s of fans.

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Round two of the 2019 F.S.R.A. Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship, sponsored by Lane Building Services and PAGID Racing moves to Oulton Park on Saturday 27th April.

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The sun was shining for the sidecar teams in Le-Mans for the first race of the 2019 championship.


As the lights went out it was Ben and Tom Birchall who got the jump up the long drag to the first chicane, followed by Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes.

Bennie Streuer and Ilse De Haas were in behind Reeves/Wilkes, Markus Schlosser and Marcel Fries were alongside Streuer/De Haas, next up it was Pekka Paivarinta and Jussi Veravainen with Paul Leglise and Emmanuelle Clement tucked in on the inside.

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The opening races of the 2019 A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship were held at a chilly Snetterton 200 over the weekend of 13th and 14th April. Results throughout the event saw a regular theme, as champions of the last three seasons – Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley – took pole, two wins and shaved a huge 1.9 seconds off the previous lap record. Their intentions to land an unprecedented fourth championship title could not be clearer!

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Update issued by The Aintree Motor Cycle Racing Club

Further to the announcement already issued by the club via the Aintree website.

The problem we have had is due to the fact that the ACU has not issued the club with a track certificate and permits required for us to race in 2019. These were applied and paid for in December 2018 at which time the regulations and entry forms were submitted for approval.

Eventually, after many phones call the ACU organized an independent track inspection - this took place on the 26th March 2019, leaving us insufficient time to implement the various safety measures highlighted in the report. The main problems are the provision of a substantial amount of additional protection and the deteriorating track surface. Resolution of both issues is currently being investigated by the committee and directors of the club. Thank you to all the club members for your continued patience and offers of help it is well appreciated. We will update you as soon as we have any further information.


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