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Round Two Oulton Park

Conditions for qualifying were cold and damp, but the Reeves Brothers banged in five quick laps on the Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki and then sat back. Chris Walker/Ashley Hawes and the Kershaw/Clark pairing ran at the front until the closing stages, when the reigning champions Stevens/Charlwood put the JG Speedfit Kawasaki into second. Amazingly, in fourth place were the Birchall Brothers with a very rapid 600cc Yamaha LCR just one second off the pole position time.

The Race

Late in the day, in gloriously sunny conditions the pack charged into Old Hall Corner with the pole men just edging it ahead of Stevens/Charlwood and a tooth and nail scrap between Walker/Hawes and Kershaw/Clark. The Birchall Brothers were less fortunate and did not make the most of their third row start on their Mitchells of Mansfield Yamaha. They were down in around eight place at the end of lap one with it all to do.

Read more: Reeves Brothers extend lead in drama packed Oulton

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F2 Sidecar racing team SaS, Giles and Jen Stainton took a well deserved win and third place at Cadwell Park last weekend in the Auto66 Cub race plus third place in the second round of the British F2 Sidecar cup.

Going out for timed practice on new tyres it took a few laps to bed them in and the husband and wife team felt they had hit their stride and were keen to return to the track for qualifying. They were delighted to find they had qualified in 16th place overall for the British championship race and recorded a best lap of 1m 50s which is four seconds faster that their previous personal best time.

Read more: A WIN AND A THIRD PLACE AT CADWELL FOR TEAM SaS

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After a fiercely contested opening round on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in front of a packed grandstand, the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship arrives at historic Oulton Park for the second encounter and an equally enthusiastic Cheshire crowd. These picturesque surroundings have played host to the greatest sidecar racers in the world over many decades, and the May Bank Holiday Weekend promises to uphold that tradition.

Five times World Champion Tim Reeves, now back with younger brother Tristan, heads the charge as prime challenger for the 2017 crown, and leads the title chase after the opener at Brands Hatch where they landed an emphatic double. British Champions together in 2012, they want it back on their Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki.

Read more: Preview: Oulton Park set for sizzling Round Two 29/30 April – May 1st

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The weather gods smiled on Knockhill race circuit at the weekend as unexpected sunshine shone down on the inaugural round of the Marin Scottish Sidecar Cup.

Sterling efforts by Gavin Browne, the new chairman of the SSRC, together with the support of his committee and sponsorship from patron Boris Stroud resulted in a bumper entry of 18 outfits - the best turnout of sidecars at Knockhill for over 10 years. Not even a chilly North wind could cool the enthusiasm of teams who came from as far afield as Bedlington and Belfast to enjoy some great racing and Scottish Sidecar Club hospitality.

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Anderson/Mayhew (Wombles) lead Lillie/Chandler

 

Read more: Marin Scottish Sidecar Cup Knockhill Race Circuit, 22nd/23rd April 2017

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Motorcycling legend Maria Costello MBE is pairing up with Kirsty Hauxwell for her sidecar debut at the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship at Oulton Park this weekend.

The Costello / Hauxwell pairing will be the first all-female sidecar team to join the Hyundai Heavy Industries British championship and they will be hoping to compete in the 600CC Cup under the banner of the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team.

Read more: COSTELLO & HAUXWELL MAKE THEIR ENTRANCE IN BRITISH SIDECAR CHAMPIONSHIP

 

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In Debbie's own words..

Team Oscar is looking for a Passenger who would like to take part in this years event - 37 days away.

Track record: 9 starts at TT and 9 finishes.
Averages 98mph for the race looking for that magic 100mph lap at this years event.

Anyone with a national licence and the requirements needed for the mountain course license 2017 considered.

This person would be made very welcome in the tiny team of the paddock.

If you can help please click read more! 

Read more: Team Oscar, Debbie Barron needs a passenger for TT

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Owing to a change in circumstances, Gary Gibson needs a passenger for the 2017 race season. This includes the Isle of Man TT.

Read more: TT & FSRA British F2 Championship Passenger Needed Urgently

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Lee Crawford and Jake Lowther, representing Team A.R.C. had their most successful weekend of racing at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough to date; on April 22nd and 23rd. The pair both set their personal best lap times, and took a brace of wins - the first time either of them had tasted victory at the picturesque seaside public road circuit.

Read more: Spring Cup Success For Crawford & Lowther

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The passenger Michael was going to use for the TT has had an off at Le Mans and broken his hand and ankle, leaving Delta Racing in need of a passenger for the TT at short notice. 

If you can help, please click read more for Michael's contact details. 

Read more: Michael Grabmuller needs a passenger for the TT

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The second round of the A.C.U./F.S.R.A. British Formula 2 sidecar championship took place this past weekend at Cadwell Park, hosted by the Auto 66 Club. With the forecast not looking great - in fact the polar opposite to the previous weekend at Oulton Park - the weather would indeed have an impact on race one.

Read more: Contrasting Conditions At Cadwell In A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. F2 British Championship - Round 2

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Team Birchall set the benchmark for the pace when they took a decisive win in the opening round of the FIM World Sidecar championship at Le Mans on Saturday.

The new rules for the world championship meant that all Sidecar teams had to change from 1000cc to 600cc engines.

Having switched to the smaller engine last year Ben and Tom Birchall secured the FIM F2 World Sidecar title, securing pole positions and lap records on their way to the title.

Read more: BIRCHALL BROTHERS TAKE DECISIVE WIN AT LE MANS

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Round One Brands Hatch Indy Circuit 14-17 April

A full grid lined up for the season opener, despite the no-shows of Rob Biggs/Ben Ransley through illness, Brian Gray with work commitments, and a contractual issue with Maria Costello's passenger. An immaculate field of predominantly 1000cc outfits and a handful of 600's made a spectacle to behold as qualifying got under way in dry and breezy conditions, with a track temperature of twenty-four degrees.

Read more: Frantic Brands opener puts Reeves Brothers ahead

 

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A busy ten day period has seen Team A.R.C. competing in the first two rounds of the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship, at Oulton Park and Cadwell Park respectively. Fielding Lee Crawford / Patrick Farrance on their LCR Suzuki, and John / Jake Lowther on their LCR Honda, there have been high and low points for both combinations.

Read more: British Championship Campaign Kicks Off For Team A.R.C.

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Birchall Brothers Rule in Le-Mans.

As the lights went out for the first race of the 2017 “FIM Sidecar World Championship”, it was John Holden and Mark Wilkes on their “Barnes/Sillicon Racing” LCR, Kawasaki who got the hole shot into the first complex of corners, this was to be short lived though as Ben and Tom Birchall on their “Birchall Racing” LCR, Yamaha, nipped up the inside of Holden/Wilkes in the first chicane. Right behind the Birchalls was Pekka Paivarinta and Kirsi Kainulainen on their “44-Racing” LCR, Honda. Paivarinta and Kainulainen tried their best to follow the Birchall Brothers past Holden and Wilkes but it was not to happen. It was not till three corners later that Paivarinta and Kainulainen managed to nip pass when Holden/Wilkes left a small space. By this time Bennie Streuer and Kevin Rousseau on their “Team Streuer” LCR, Honda, were right on the tail of Holden/Wilkes.

Read more: FIM Sidecar World Championship. Le-Mans. Race report.