- Written by SE, from Barry Nutley
The penultimate round of this year's championship takes place September 28-30 at Assen in the Netherlands with Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clarke in celebratory mood.
They clinched the title at Cadwell Park last time out, and will be dead set on continuing their winning form at the Cathedral of Speed.
The chase for second place in the championship is still very much alive however. Kershaw's team-mates Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson sit there at the moment on the Santander Salt 600 Honda, but Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde (1000 GBR Kawasaki), along with former champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood on the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit 600 Kawasaki are easily within touch.
Ellis and Stevens are also locked in a battle for 600cc Cup honours, so they have a double target.
- Written by Birchall Racing Press Office
Mitchells of Mansfield backed Birchall Racing have taken a double-win at round six of the 2018 FIM Sidecar World Championship. Claiming the maximum 50 points from the weekend, Ben and Tom will now head to the final round of the championship held at Oschersleben in Germany trailing the leaders by one single point.
Held in glorious conditions at the Grobnik track near Rijeka in Croatia, the sixth round of the Sidecar World Championship could not have gone any better for the Mansfield-based brothers. Despite coming into the event with a sizeable points-deficit on the championship leaders, the Birchall’s determination to never give up paid off with them topping the standings in both practice and qualifying. Enjoying great pace on the track and with their LCR outfit performing perfectly, the brothers main aim was to take both race wins at the 4.168-kilometre track.
- Written by Steve E
Russ Lee has updated the Sport-Pics site, photos from Mallory Park CRMC now available to peruse and order..
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- Written by Steve E
BMCRC - or Bemsee as they are known - are running sidecar taxi rides at their Brands Hatch meeting on October 6/7th.
There will be not only the F1 and F2 sidecars that are normal competitors with Bemsee but some of us BHR Teams will be bringing our BEARS outfits down to have a ride round and spread the word about this cheap, fun and friendly class of racing. Thanks to MDMD and Slow Phil for arranging to have us as guests.
If you fancy a ride round the iconic Brands Hatch circuit on an F1, F2 or Bears (British European or American Race Series) outfit, then
Thanks also to Sue Wood for reminding me to get this up here on the front of the site.
- Written by Steve E
Qualifying – Just sixteen crews lined up through free practice and into the one qualifying session.
The 600cc powered outfits gave a good account of themselves, with Todd Ellis/Charlie Richardson and Ricky Stevens/Ryan Charlwood enjoying their second championship visit this season to this picturesque circuit. The well documented events of the previous Cadwell Park round are still accounting for the low turn-out, and will continue to do so for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Series leaders Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark left it late to claim pole position, and they did it in style. The existing lap record held by Tim and Tristan Reeves was bettered by the Scots, as they recorded an impressive final lap in the session of 1.32.153, a clear one point four seconds ahead of team-mates Todd Ellis and Chaz Richardson.
Kershaw and Clark could now look forward to the two races from which they needed just two podium finishes to wrap up the title.
Seven seconds covered the top ten, so racing would be good.
Race One – Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde flew off the line last the pole-sitters to head the pack on the opening lap.
Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark took their time to get going, but once away, they slotted into second place followed by the 600 Cup leaders Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson.
Behind them and charging, came the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki of Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood.
The battle between these two outfits was always destined to be close, but no-one was prepared for what came next.
On the exit from Barn Corner, concluding lap two, Ellis was on the tail of Kershaw with nowhere to go. He actually touched the back-end of his teammate. For that split second, Stevens saw his chance and pulled alongside and ahead of the Santander Salt Honda along the straight.
Entering the fast left-hander of Coppice, Ellis and Stevens had a “coming together”, the result of which was a smashed nose-cone for Ellis, and a damaged rear-end for Stevens.
Both 600 Cup contenders were therefore out of the running.
A gleeful Gary Horspole and Jimmy Connell took the Baker Plant/Sleaford Quality Foods Kawasaki into third, and there they stayed until the flag. Behind them and closing were Andy Peach/Ken Edwards.
Peach and Edwards have the speed in parts, but are still suffering from what Andy describes as a “dog-slow” engine.
The Ellis/Stevens contact was adjudged a “racing incident” with no blame apportioned, so that left the field open for Kershaw and Clark to clinch the title in the opening race.
Horspole and Connell protected their fifth in the title chase with another solid Cadwell podium.
Astonishingly, exactly half the entry did not finish the race for one reason or another, so there were points for just eight competitors.
Result – 1/ Kershaw/Clark (Santander Salt/Express Tyres Kawasaki), 2/ Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde (GBR Kawasaki), 3/ Gary Horspole/James Connell (Sleaford Quality Foods/Baker Plant Kawasaki), 4/ Andy Peach/Ken Edwards (Life Safety Motorsport Yamaha), 5/ Rob Biggs/Justin Sharp (Taurus Tools Honda), 6/ Dean Nicholls/Kenny Cole (Lick Racing Kawasaki), 7/ Brian Gray/Jason Pitt (Brian Gray Powerbiking Yamaha), 8/ Nev Jones/Rob Child (Harvey Fabrication Yamaha)
Race Two – Overnight rain had subsided, but was still in the air carried by a strong wind for the second encounter. Track conditions however, were ideal for the ten lap race, and with only eight finishers from race one, the reverse grid saw Nev Jones on pole position.
Gary Bryan had a plan which theoretically would launch him through the first two rows, and into an early lead. That did not entirely work out.
Things were fascinating in the early laps as Dean Nicholls/Kenny Cole and Gary Horspole/Jimmy Connell used their big engines to great effect off the line and made everyone work for a living.
These two crews actually made a terrific race of it, to such an extent that even the newly crowned champions Kershaw and Clarke found themselves in the thick of the fight through the field.
The Draper Racing Yamaha of Simon Gilbert and Jack Tritton was another of the big engined outfits making a strong showing. Always a tough opponent and hard racer, Gilbert was difficult to get by, particularly on the narrow Cadwell Park track.
Bryan and Hyde eventually made it through to lead but it was far from easy. Dean Nicholls and Kenny Cole, probably having their best race this year, also proved to be hard to get by and their efforts lasted race long, with a fine sixth place the end result.
It was almost half distance before the champions Kershaw and Clarke swept by Gary Bryan to take the lead and claim their sixteenth victory. In doing so, on lap four, they crushed Tim and Tristan Reeves' lap record by half a second.
Meanwhile, from the back of the grid, the two 600 Cup rivals Todd Ellis/Chaz Richardson and Ricky Stevens Ryan Charlwood were having their own fantastic fight through the field.
Well aware of each other's capabilities, and events which have seen them clash in the previous two races, they battled through respectfully and kept out of trouble. Ellis took the most out of the race by eventually muscling the Santander Salt Honda to a fine third place podium and precious points.
The Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki of Stevens and Charlwood was just two places behind, with Gary Horspole and Jimmy Connell well in their sights at the flag. They consolidated their fourth place in the table, but with double points in the finale at Brands Hatch, the top of the table behind Kershaw is still wide open.
This was a great exhibition of sidecar racing in front of a live Eurosport TV audience, and kept the supportive Cadwell faithful very much on their toes.
Sadly, Andy Peach and Ken Edwards were not to repeat their good earlier result, as gremlins put the out on lap eight after another strong showing .
With twelve strong finishers, the action all the way down the field lasted from lights to flag.
Result – 1/ Kershaw/Clark, 2/ Bryan/Hyde, 3/ Ellis/Richardson, 4/ Stevens/Charlwood,
5/ Horspole/Connell, 6/ Nicholls/Cole, 7/ Gilbert/Tritton, 8/ Gray/Pitt, 9/ Biggs/Sharp,
Standings – Kershaw/Clark 456 (Champions), Ellis 254, Bryan 237, Stevens 200, Horspole 165, Birchall 130, Gray 130, Gilbert 117, Nicholls 113, Biggs 99, Bell 86,
Cup Points – Ellis 349, Stevens 296, Gray 247, Biggs 188, Birchall 150, Peach 134, P Founds 91, Shand 73.
The next round comes from Assen in Holland in five weeks time, with highlights from Cadwell to follow on www.rkb-f1-sidecars.com and on Motorsport TV
- Written by Mark Walters
FIM World Sidecar Championship.
The temperature was hot, 30 degrees! 18 laps, it was a hard race.
Coming here Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes had a healthy 51 point lead in the championship. But a DNF yesterday had the team working well into the early hours of the morning trying to get their “Adolf RS” Yamaha up and running for today’s race. They managed to get onto the grid with a lot of blood, sweat and tears.
As the lights went out it was Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes who got the hole shot into the first corner, Ben and Tom Birchall on their “LCR” Yamaha followed with Bennie Streuer and Kevin Rousseau on their “LCR” Kawasaki. A great start from Lukas Wyssen and Thomas Hofer on their “LCR” Yamaha, they were right on the tail of Streuer/Rousseau. Pekka Paivarinta and Jussi Veravainen on their “LCR” Honda had a bit of a rough ride into the first corner, there was contact between them and another team resulting with the sidecar wheel arch getting pushed in, the team continued but it would cause them problems later in the race. Next up was Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Rosney with their “LCR” Suzuki. Right on the tail of Blackstock and Rosney was Michael Grabmuller and Sebastien Lavorel with their “LCR” Yamaha; next up was Scott Lawrie and Michael Fairhurst with their “LCR” Yamaha.
For the next few laps the race was hot at the front, but there were hard battles throughout the field.
- Written by Mark Walters
FIM Sidecar World Championship.
With the sun starting to fall from the sky the track temperature was still high. And the anticipation on the grid was tense.
As the lights went out it was Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes on their “Adolf RS” Yamaha who led into the first corner with Ben and Tom Birchall right on their tail with their “LCR” Yamaha. The Birchall Brothers were having none of this though, they drew alongside Reeves and Wilkes going into turn two, side by side the two teams battled all the way round the corner. It was the Birchall Brothers who were to appear back into sight in the lead.
- Written by Mark Walters
Reeves and Wilkes have one hand on the title!
The sixth round of the FIM Sidecar World Championship” will take place at the 4.168km circuit of Grobnik in Croatia, just south of Rijeka, just inland from the Adriatic Coast. The anti-clockwise circuit is surrounded with mountains with stunning views all round. The “Automotodrom Grobnik” circuit opened in 1978 and until 1990 the Yugoslavian motorcycle GP was held here. A big change at the circuit for this year, the track has been resurfaced. Over the years the track surface was known to be so grippy, that even slick tyres would be used in wet conditions. It will be interesting to see how the sidecar teams get on with the new surface, and if they like the new surface.
- Written by Mark Dennis / Photographs - Jenny Wells
The penultimate round of the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British Formula Two Sidecar Championship took place this past weekend in the “Grand National” meeting at Castle Combe in Wiltshire. Our hosts, for the second time this season, were the North Gloucester Road Racing Club.
- Written by Mark Dennis / Photographs - Dirk Wharton
The sixth round of the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British Formula 2 Sidecar Championship took place at the Battle of Britain meeting at Croft in North Yorkshire over the weekend of the 25th/26th August, in an event featuring races for competitors on two, three and four wheels.
- Written by Tim Langham / Photographs - Dirk Wharton
Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie, representing "Team A.R.C." on their 600 LCR Suzuki, returned to winning ways over the August Bank Holiday weekend, dominating proceedings at their local circuit, Croft. They took pole position and two convincing wins in the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Championship races, firmly consolidating their second place in the current championship standings.
- Written by Dave Tibbles / Photographs - Dirk Wharton
Apologies for the slightly late report (holiday time!), but what a fantastic Sidecar racing event Donington Park proved to be, with sixty plus outfits at the meeting made up of in excess of twenty British F2’s, similar numbers of Pre-Injection machines and complemented with a handful of club racers.
- Written by Mark Dennis, photos from Dirk Wharton
Over the weekend of the 11th and 12th August the ACU/FSRA British Formula two sidecar championship made their way to the Leicestershire rural circuit of Donington Park for round five of eight with the host club North Gloucester Road Racing.
There was a ten minute morning warm up on Saturday and it was championship leaders Founds/Walmsley who laid down the gauntlet registering a time just two tenths outside their own lap record. Crawford/Hardie registerd the second quickest time some 1.8s in arrears and had never dipped below 1:16 barrier before so could Founds/Walmsley enjoy an easy weekend?
- Written by Mark Walters
“Sidecar teams love “The Cathedral of Speed” at Assen”
The fast flowing 4.542 km circuit at Assen, commonly known as the “Cathedral of Speed” will once again welcome the “FIM Sidecar World Championship” teams for round five of the 2018 championship, on the 18th and 19th August. And once again the “Gamma Racing Day” will be the host.
It has been just over one month since the last round at the “Pannonia Ring” Hungary. With 146 points, championship leaders Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes will want to increase their points tally here. Reeves and Wilkes came back to the championship this year after having a year away, and they certainly have stamped their authority in the championship, with four wins, two second places, however a very rare mistake by Reeves in the “Gold Race” in Hungary saw the pair take a lowly tenth place. But the six points for this place could make all the difference to their championship total at the end of the year. Reeves and Wilkes like this circuit at Assen and will want to get back on their winning ways and stand on the top spot of the podium.
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