The new all-female racing sidecar team of Maria Costello MBE and Julie Canipa got their season off to a great start as they prepare to race at the Isle of Man TT.

The new duo are delighted with their first two outings of the season at Oulton Park and Mallory Park.

costello canipaNorthamptonshire racer Costello, racing her Frog Property Developments LCR Kawasaki, and her sidecar partner Canipa, from the Isle of Man, secured two top-10 finishes in the F2 class at the second round of the MRO Championships at Oulton Park.

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Further to the recent announcement on the partnership between Roger Body's Santander Salt organisation and Rob Winfield's TAG Racing team, the new livery was revealed at a press launch recently.
Chris Walker and Tom Christie had a successful test together at the Val de Vienne circuit in March and are raring to get to grips with the TAG Racing Santander Salt Yamaha LCR.
The new livery looks stunning on the sidecar outfit and will be a distinctive force both visually and in competition.
Roger Body is really pleased with the new venture and cannot wait for the first outing.



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With the opening round a matter of five mouth-watering weeks away, The Molson Group have confirmed their ongoing support as title sponsor for the coming season.
Whilst continuing their successful relationship with the Hyundai Construction Equipment brand, the Molson Group has entered a new phase in its evolution with the acquisition of Finlay Scotland. Molson now has complete distribution rights for Terex/Finlay machinery nationwide.
Now in the fifth year of association with the British Sidecar Championship, the Molson Group has used the sponsorship agreement to great effect, with excavation and crushing machinery customers entertained at many BSB rounds over the seasons.

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The opening round of the 2019 F.S.R.A. / Lane Building Services Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship took place on Sunday 7th April at Mallory Park. Both races were dominated by former champions, Rob Fisher / Rick Long, returning to the series following an absence of almost two full seasons. However, impressing greatly was sixteen-year-old Matthew Sims, taking a fine third place in the Trophy race as passenger to Hayley Christie in his first competitive outing.

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The eagerly anticipated 2019 A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship gets underway on the weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th April, at Snetterton Circuit, hosted by the North Gloucester Road Racing Club. Thirty six teams have pre-registered for the series this year, being the largest number for well over a decade, and thirty three of them will be in action at this opening event.

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The 2019 F.S.R.A. / Lane Building Services Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship kicks off next Sunday (April 7th) at Leicestershire's Mallory Park circuit. This biggest change to this increasingly popular series is that following discussions and a vote at the A.G.M. last November, is that there are now two distinctive “classes” within the championship.

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John Lowther is looking for a passenger this coming weekend at the N.E.M.C.R.C. meeting at Croft, on board his LCR R6 Yamaha (lwb). If you are in a position to assist, please click "read more".

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The A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. Formula Two Sidecar Championship enters it's thirty fifth running in 2019, and an enthralling year of racing is on the cards - with thirty six teams registered to compete (the largest number for over a decade).

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Cranfield University Motorsport Msc students are being set a sidecar based design challenge this year. Are there any crews, Milton Keynes/Bedford area - or further afield - who would be able to take an outfit to Cranfield to discuss sidecar design and racing with the students. Please contact the Motorsport MSc Programme Director Clive Temple if you can help. Thanks. Click read more for Clive's contact details. 

Clive adds "Also I would like to have some outfits on display for the 15th May event" linked here.. 

Group Design Project Presentation Day: MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering / MSc Advanced Motorsport Mechatronics

Saltire Racing have decided to hold a fundraiser for their 2019 season! The prize up for grabs by the lucky winner is a fully exclusive sidecar passenger experience day at Teeside Autodrome!!! ALL contributors names will be part of Saltire Racing’s 2019 paint scheme!! So yes your name will be on the sidecar!

To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is choose a number(s) between 1-59. When we have sold all numbers we will then use the national lotteries lucky dip bonus ball; to pick the winner!! (If the number is not allocated then the person nearest will win).

Each ticket is £25 which will be contributing towards Stewart & Michael’s 2019 race season; tires, fuel, entry costs etc. All money contributed is greatly appreciated and will go far in helping 2019 become a big success! You can purchase more than one number at a discounted rate of £30For the two.

In order to be eligible for this prize, you do need to be above 18 years of age & competent around bikes etc. YOU DO NOT NEED YOUR PASSENGER RACE LICENSE. So this is a brilliant opportunity for anyone wanting to experience the thrill of sidecar racing, without any significant cost!!

Please bear in mind you will require your own leathers, boots & helmet on the day!! Also bring with you money or food to keep yourself happy!! Your own transport to and from the venue will be required. The date set is also most likely to be a Monday! So a brilliant start to any adrenaline junkies week!

All donations will be collected via bank transfer to our race account! Details provided via direct message. We will retain all donations until the prize is drawn.


Have you ever watched sidecar racing and thought “I’d like to have a go at that?”

The “British Historic Racing Club” at their practice day (Mallory Park 22nd March next) is offering a few lucky people that very chance!

You need to ring me David Sykes 01162876119 and persuade me that you genuinely want to start sidecar racing; if I’m convinced your ambitions are real then you’ll be turning up at Mallory with your leathers and lid looking forward to your racetrack experience. . .

.  . and if you realise it’s not for you then at least you haven’t forked out for a race outfit to find out the expensive way! Give me a call.


Maria Costello MBE is aiming to become the first woman to race both sidecar and solo machinery at the same Isle of Man TT meeting after announcing her partnership with Julie Canipa for the 2019 season.

The Northamptonshire racer celebrated International Women’s Day by securing acceptance to race the sidecar at this year’s TT with Julie Canipa as her new passenger, who last year was awarded the Susan Jenness Trophy by the TT Supporters’ Club for her fantastic efforts in the event.

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The pair will form a formidable duo as an all-female team. Costello made her sidecar road racing debut at the Southern 100 road races on the Isle of Man last year while Canipa started her TT career alongside Doug Chandler in 2015 and teamed up with Greg Lambert in 2017 to claim her best IoM finish of eighth.


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Birchall Racing are incredibly honoured to have been awarded the prestigious Fred Craner Trophy. The trophy is presented to a British driver within the ACU Midland Centre area for outstanding achievements on the international stage in racing.

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If the name Craner rings a bell it is because the tough Derbyshire man was responsible for the legendary Donington Park Circuit becoming a reality, back in 1931. The former Isle of Man TT competitor and secretary of the Derby & District Motor Club approached the then owners of the estate to use the land for motor racing. Fred’s name lives on in the iconic ‘Craner Curves’ section of the track.

Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once (ha!).
On your first visit to East Fortune this year, as you turn right along the road to the car park, and onto the circuit, you will note fenced compounds for the dogs from the kennels to play in....... The one on the left is accessed by crossing the roadway.....
So it's not that SAFE or CLEVER to be going faster than the 10mph requested by the signs......
Please be aware that East Fortune has other users, it is people's homes. Drive carefully. PLEASE