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Following on from the success of the inaugural Sidecar Revival event, Roger Body and his RKB-F1 Motorsport organisation return to Cadwell Park for what will be an even bigger event on 22/23 June 2019.


This season marks the seventieth anniversary of the FIM World Sidecar Championship, which is the longest surviving road racing championship still in its same format from 1949 the year of introduction.

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A message from Simon Gilbert - please contact Simon on facebook or email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and I will forward on your contact details. 

If you have not heard of Blyton Park before take a look here at their website

"I'm looking at running a test day for sidecars only , the end of February at Blyton Park near Gainsborough.

We will have 6 on track at a time, if there's enough interest it could be 2 days.

20 bikes over 2 days will be around £80 per bike a day.

I am looking at getting this booked in the next week or so, of course for this to go ahead I need to know definite numbers"

If you're interested give Si a shout please or again, email me and I'll pass on details. 

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The annual "Plum Pudding" races are once again being held at Mallory Park on Boxing Day (26th December), in a combined meeting for cars and motorcycles. At present there is a huge shortage of sidecars entered, and the class may well have to be cancelled unless an influx of entries are received today.

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The 2018 F.S.R.A. Annual Dinner and Dance was held on Saturday 24th November at the Radisson Blu East Midlands Hotel, where the prize presentations were made to mark the end of a successful season for both the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship, and the F.S.R.A. / Lane Building Services Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship. To see a full list of the trophy winners, please click "read more".

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With the sounds and sights of a thrilling 2018 season now behind us, eyes are firmly turned to the new year ahead.

Before that though, the FIM General Assembly and awards presentation takes place in Andorra la Vella over the weekend of December 1/2.

It is on that prestigious stage that Ben and Tom Birchall will stand to receive their outright World Championship Winner's Medals.

One month later, at the British Championship awards ceremony, the Santander Salt crews of Steve Kershaw/Stuart Clark and Todd Ellis/Charlie Richardson will be presented with their trophies for outright British and 600 Cup victories respectively.

Both these crews dominated their respective classes, with Ellis and Richardson distinguished as runners-up in the main title chase on a 600 Honda. 

It is highly likely that these championship winning crews will be locking horns on track in the season ahead.

With both the World Championship and the British series now fully 600cc powered, it is widely expected that more British crews will venture abroad in 2019 to seek points in the FIM campaign. By the same token, subject to dates being free, World Series regulars could certainly compete here in Britain, as the Birchall Brothers did in 2018.

MARIA COSTELLO MBE is to be unveiled as the first female president of the TT Riders Association in its 66-year history.

The Northamptonshire motorcycle racer will be handed the chain of office at the association’s annual luncheon at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham early next month.

Costello, who was made an MBE in 2009 in recognition of her career as one of Britain’s leading female racers, follows in the footsteps of a host of big name stars of the sport, including more than 40 world champions and racers with more than 145 TT wins between them.

Freddie Frith was the first president, while Charles Mortimer, John Surtees MBE, Joey Dunlop OBE and Nick Jefferies are among the previous holders of the prestigious role. Costello will assume the presidency from Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle who is one of only three Manxmen to have won a TT.

 

Apologies for the slight delay with this report - slowly drying out (not my drink problems on this occasion - but all the kit clothing and bike etc.)! Well done to the brave that experienced Cadwell’s micro-climate of: rain; snow; sleet; wind – and - more rain! With such adverse weather conditions affecting both days of racing only one race each day could be held. But the good old British spirit and lunacy kept us all going with high levels of morale. 

 

Daryl Gibson and Ashley Moore, representing "Gibson Racing" have had a remarkable year after joining forces in the spring of 2018. They dominated the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Cup series - taking eleven wins and a further podium place from fifteen starts - winning the championship by an impressive forty four points. They also placed an excellent sixth overall in the "Super F2" category against the more established teams.

2018 has seen six weekends of top quality action from the F.S.R.A. / Lane Building Services Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship, and hopefully that precedent will continue at this weekend's concluding round, held at the annual "Sidecar Bash". With the title still to be decided, and a potential 125 points to be scored, it is mathematically possible for any one of eight teams to land the championship - although it will take a monumental effort for anyone to displace leaders John Shipley / Milo Ward, who take a fifty one point advantage to Cadwell Park.

 

Gary Horspole and Jimmy Connell were at Brands Hatch over the weekend racing in the final two races of the 2018 British Sidecar Championship where they recorded a ninth and 18th place in an effort to retain their fifth place in the overall standings but they just missed out and had to settle for sixth at the end of an eventful series.

Horspole from Sleaford and Scottish passenger Connell completed their qualifying in 16th place and began the first race from an eighth row grid position on Saturday.

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Qualifying –  Strong winds, but dry grey conditions were almost perfect going for the twenty-minute session. With thirty outfits entered, a good time would be crucial for the opening race, with a reverse grid  applying for race two.

Double points were up for grabs in this finale, and a record entry ensured great racing.

Newly crowned Champions Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clarke were immediately on the pace and laid down a marker well inside the fastest free practice time.

Lap five and they were within one second of lap-record time on the 1000cc Santander Salt Kawasaki, almost two seconds faster than the quickest 600 of Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes, with the Birchall brothers holding third a fraction behind Reeves.

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Mitchells of Mansfield backed Birchall Racing have won the 2018 FIM Sidecar World Championship with victory at the final round of the season in Oschersleben, Germany.

With only one point separating the leading two teams coming into the seventh round, the championship fight ultimately came down to one race – a showdown between the Birchall brothers and their closest rivals Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes.

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The final round of the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British Formula 2 Sidecar Championship took place at Oulton Park, and owing to circuit restrictions this was a one day only meeting with North Gloucester Road Racing on Saturday 6th October. With the top two places in the Super F2 Championship already decided - Peter Founds / Jevan Walmsley and Lee Crawford / Scott Hardie respectively - congratulations to both teams - third place was still for the taking with two teams tied, namely John and Jake Lowther and Steve and Matty Ramsden. Also to be decided was the F2 Cup with Daryl Gibson / Ashley Moore leading Ralph Remnant / Sam Tilley by thirty eight points.

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Team A.R.C. enjoyed an immensely successful end to their 2018 campaign, with fruitful visits to Castle Combe, East Fortune and Oulton Park in a year which Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie have enjoyed their best performances to date in the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship.