Birchall Racing have got their 2018 FIM Sidecar World Championship campaign off to a great start by placing as runner-up at round one held at the famous Le Mans circuit in France.

The Mitchells of Mansfield supported team were immediately fast on the 4.185km Bugatti Circuit. Under the hot French sun and with the track in perfect condition, the Birchall brothers went quickest on Thursday’s free practice.

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Portsmouth’s Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki sidecar team made the 500 mile round trip to the iconic Le Mans circuit in Northern France for the first round of the World sidecar Championship. Held on the 2.7 mile Bugatti circuit the team were taking advantage of their new engine size of 600cc which enabled them to compete in the first round where all machines have to be 600cc powered.

After a mixed weekend at last weekend’s British Championship, Portsmouth driver Ricky Stevens and Dover based passenger Ryan Charlwood wanted to use Le Mans for further valuable track time on their new 600cc Kawasaki powered sidecar. It was also a great chance to compete at the highest level against the numerous World Champions racing there.


“Reeves and Wilkes back with a bang”

With the temperature way up in the thirties the sun kissed crowed saw a great sidecar race to start the 2018 championship.

As the lights went out the pole sitting team went backwards. Ben and Tom Birchall “LCR” Yamaha,bogged their machine down off the line. They were swallowed up by the perusing pack and were to head into the first corner in seventh place, however they had made a place by the time they hit the first chicane. This bad start left the team with a lot of work to do if the wanted to be fighting for the lead.


A further revised timetable has been finalised for this weekend at Cadwell Park. A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar teams should be aware that they have a free practice session in addition to timed qualifying later in the day on Saturday, along with a 12 lap race.

Please click read more for the full timetable (including Friday test day) as it is on the BEMSEE site on 23/04.. 

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AFTER AN AMAZING WEEKEND at Brands Hatch last weekend with the RKB-Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship in conjuction with the British Superbike Championship (BSB) culmanating with a strong 7th place in the first race held in the dry - and a reasonable 13th place in the re-run race 2 held in very slippy conditions . Yangi19Motorsport Change disciplines for this coming weekend.

Jed Pilmoor-Brady (sidelined for Brands and very abely deputised by Jonny Allum) returns for the Team's first attack of the National Hill Climb Association's ( Championship 2018 at Gurston Down near Salisbury.

Having narrowly Won the Sidecar Class by just 2 points and finishing 13th overall in the Combined National Hill Climb Championship last year, Ian and Jed are keen to keep up a good pace this year, although they wont be competing all rounds.


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2018 starts with a record eighteen entries in the first round of seven for the F.S.R.A. / Lane Building Services Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship, which once again sees the season opener at Cheshire's Oulton Park, on Saturday 28th of April.

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The second round of the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British Formula Two Sidecar Championship, held with the host club B.M.C.R.C. Will be at Cadwell Park on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April. This venue seemed like our second home last season - visiting the Lincolnshire circuit three times, however this will be our only visit this season.


From Victoria.. 

Meeting: FIM Sidecar World Championship                                     IMN: 105/02

Circuit Bugatti, Le Mans 18 April 2018


Dear All, 

As per Art.1.9, the Technical Director on behalf of the International Jury, has changed the time schedule for the technical as follow: 

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Giles and Jen Stainton from Upton travelled to Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire for their first race of the new season where they completed race one without mishap but then suffered a couple of spins in the second encounter on Sunday and retired from the race.

Jen commented: “This was our first meeting of the year and it had to be the first round of the FSRA F2 British championship which meant a lot of pressure on us to perform. Also Croft circuit was where we had a pretty bad crash last year so we were also facing our demons which is a bit stressful in the first race of the season.”

Giles and Jen completed the test day on Friday to acclimatise themselves with the circuit prior to qualifying on Saturday but the weather took a turn for the worse and the heavens opened just as the teams went out for qualifying.



Ryan and Callum Crowe didn’t have far to travel for their latest outing on the Hudspeth Triumph 675 powered HCR outfit as the Manx brothers were competing on the Island at Jurby airfield. After a strong practice session where they topped the leaderboard ahead of multi TT winner Dave Molyneux and passenger Dan Sayle they recorded a double win in Saturday’s two races.


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A grey dull day welcomed free practice, but things were better for qualifying. The main interest lay in the different capacity performance on the short Indy circuit.

Could the 1000cc bikes use the power, or would the more nimble 600's out-corner them?

The free session saw Kershaw and Clark nudge the Birchall brothers back, with John Holden/Lee Cain third on their 600, from Stevens/Charlwood similarly mounted.

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Sleaford sidecar racer Gary Horspole with stand in passenger Ashley Moore rode to a fine tenth and 15th place in their two races at Brands Hatch at the weekend in the first round of the 2018 British F1 Sidecar Championship to settle into on ...points.

Horspole had a baptism of fire in free practice when he discovered the seating unit was out of place and his leg was being burnt. He pulled in to the pits to retire from the session and make adjustments prior to qualifying on Saturday.


The first round of the British Sidecar Championship took place over the weekend at the 1.2 mile Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent. The Portsmouth based Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki sidecar team, with driver Ricky Stevens and Dover based passenger Ryan Charlwood would be competing for the first time on their Kawasaki powered 600 cc machine.

The 2015 and 2016 British Champions have made the swop from 1,000 cc powered machines a year early before the new rules in 2019 dictate that all the sidecars will be powered by 6oo cc machine both in the British and in the World Championship, which has been in place since 2017.