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The Fsra british f2 sidecar championship kicked off at Croft this weekend with the current f2 Cup Champion Mike Jackson and new passenger Harry Payne having a great weekend and coming away with a 5th & 6th, which placed them 5th overall in the Championship points. With the new championship rules stating that the top 6 from the race one result are to be reversed to set the grid for race 2, this put Mike & Harry on the front row for the first time, alongside Conrad Harrison & Andy Winkle. They were able to capitalise on this by out racing Conrad/Andy into turn one, and managing to lead a British Championship race for the first time, eventually losing out to some of the top teams.

Read more: Michael and Harry strong at croft

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The Team A.R.C. pairing of Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie had a near perfect start to their 2018 A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship campaign. They secured two convincing race wins, the aggregate result landing the team the "Mac Hobson Trophy" for the fourth consecutive year, and they can look forward to heading to Cadwell Park for the second round of the series with a ten point cushion in the standings over reigning champions Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley.

Read more: Maximum Points For Crawford & Hardie At Croft

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TEAM MUGEN has confirmed that they will be returning to the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy in 2018 with a three man team.

New Zealand’s Bruce Anstey, the 2016 and 2017 SES TT Zero Race winner, will again be with the team and looking to complete a hat-trick of victories. He will be joined by legendary 23-time TT Race winner John McGuinness, who returns to the team after recovering from the injuries that caused him to miss the 2017 TT event. McGuinness will also be looking for a third TT Zero victory having won the race in 2014 and 2015.

Read more: Team Mugen reveal three man line up for 2018 SES TT Zero campaign

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The ever-popular annual “Carlostrainingslager” test session at the picturesque Val de Vienne circuit in France last week, proved to be invaluable for all teams making the journey.
A mixture of British Championship teams, Grand Prix teams and various different national class crews totalling some sixty or more outfits enrolled for the week.
With the opening British round the second weekend of April, and the first World round at Le Man the following weekend, there were many new aspects to test and bed in.

Read more: Val de Vienne shake-down test proves vital for title chasers

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Sleaford sidecar racer Gary Horspole with passenger Rob Biggs took the Dean Ryde F2 outfit to Mallory Park on Friday for a shakedown test with the new bike. This was the first time the bike has been on a circuit and it was expected they would encounter some niggling problems which need rectifying prior to the first meeting at Cadwell over Easter.

The outfit has been built by Dean Ryde with the intention of running it at the 2018 Isle of Man TT races with Horspole and Biggs and is now in the final stages of development.

It is several years since Horspole last took part in the two three lap Sidecar races on the 37.73 mile mountain roads course along where, with his long time passenger Kevin Leigh, he enjoyed success. The pair rode to seven top 10 finishes including a second place in 2000 and two third places in 1998 and 2002.

Read more: FIRST OUTING FOR HORSPOLE/BIGGS

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After a difficult 2017 season the Portsmouth based Quattro Plant JG Speed fit Kawasaki sidecar team have made a major change for the forthcoming 2018 season. After finishing third in last year’s championship the 2015 and 2016 British Champions with Portsmouth driver Ricky Stevens and Dover based passenger Ryan Charlwood have regrouped over the winter.


They now have a new title sponsor in the form of Quattro Plant who have been involved with the team for several years. Quattro Plant is an infrastructure specialist providing services to the rail, road and construction industries at locations throughout the UK.

Read more: Quattro Plant JG Speed fit Kawasaki sidecar team prepare for 2018

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In an agreement reached in recent days, Motorsport TV will take all rounds of the 2018 championship for its linear TV platform across Europe.
The thirty-minute highlight shows will embrace the best of the action from both races each weekend, with podium interviews and interesting features.

In the UK, Motorsport TV can be accessed on Freesat channel 253, on SKY channel 447 and Virgin Media channel 545.
This is in addition to the Frontrunner channel, which began showing the series last season.
Frontrunner too is on Freesat channel 250 and SKY channel 469.

Read more: Motorsport TV to screen the 2018 action across Europe

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The first full weekend in April sees three of the BEARs class sidecars taking to the famous ‘Mountain Course’!! This isn’t a TT event, more of a gentle cruse around those iconic roads that have seen so much history made, a chance to take a racing outfit through all those great photo opportunities!


If you would like to come and have a ride around the ‘Island of Dreams’ we will be arranging ‘Taxi Rides’ of various time lengths right up to a full lap which depending on traffic would be about an hour, not the twenty minutes that the TT bikes take but still a thrill in every way!

Read more: BEARs IOM Expedition.

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The A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship begins at Croft, North Yorkshire on the 7th / 8th April. The organisation's press officer, Mark Dennis has written a preview of what is in store for the coming year. Please click "read more" for the article.

Read more: 2018 A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Championship Preview

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Over on Road Racing News Steve Rial has  been putting ten questions to an ever increasing number of Sidecar Racers in the "Sidecars Ten Question Challenge". 

Have a look here on Road Racing News

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Dick Hawes - The End Of An Era
(Posted on behalf and at the request of Pam Hawes)
 
I’m sad to say that one of the sport’s longest serving competitors and enthusiast has had to retire from racing and withdraw all his involvement with immediate effect owing to his very serious illness. Dick has been admitted to residential care and is extremely unlikely to ever be well enough to return home.

Read more: Dick Hawes - The End Of An Era

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Dick Hawes: End Of An Era
(Posted on behalf and at the request of Pam Hawes)
 
I’m sad to say that one of the sport’s longest serving competitors and enthusiast has had to retire from racing and withdraw all his involvement with immediate effect owing to his very serious illness. Dick has been admitted to residential care and is extremely unlikely to ever be well enough to return home.

Read more: Dick Hawes: End Of An Era

A quick reminder to teams in the RKB series; "Standard Small Feather Flags" 2.5m with a waterbase

Details of the approved supplier:

“Approved Creative Solutions” Rob Weetman on 01403 217793, www.approved.co.uk
 

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Dean Harrison, winner of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship 2017 and retaining his title first gained a year previously, received the coveted Geoff Duke Trophy during a special presentation at the Southern 100 Racing Club’s Annual Dinner recently. 

The uniquely designed trophy was presented to Dean by Geoff’s younger son, Michael and Mike’s daughter Kirsty.

Read more: Dean Harrison Receives the Geoff Duke Trophy