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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.


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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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?

“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.



North Kelsey sidecar driver Todd Ellis and passenger Charlie Richardson were competing at Thruxton at the weekend in the seventh round of the British Sidecar championship where they recorded two fourth places and picked up 26 points in the main championship and a brace of third places in the 600 cup to pick up 32 points to retain their lead in that championship.



F1 Sidecar driver Gary Bryan from North Kelsey and passenger Phil Hyde rode to three top six places in the three races at Thruxton last weekend picking up a further 34 points to remain in third place in the overall rider standings.

The pair qualified in sixth place to start race one from the third row but were unable to make any progress towards the front of the field and remained in a strong sixth place throughout the eight laps.


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Returning to the scene of quadruple victories earlier in the season, the Santander Salt/Express Tyres Kawasaki duo of Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark are agonisingly close to their first ever British Championship title.
With fourteen victories from the seventeen races run so far, their track record is impressive.
Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire is the scene for round eight next weekend (17-19 August), and is also the scene of a spate of incidents earlier in the year which decimated the field. Several of those crews affected in those crashes have yet to regain financial or physical fitness.
Needing just thirty-two points to become the first Scottish rider to wrap up the title since Jock Taylor, Kershaw will be full of anticipation ahead of Cadwell. Anywhere on the podium in both races will suffice, and that has to be their game plan.

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After a lengthy break the fourth round of the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship took place over the weekend of the 28th / 29th July at the British version of Philip Island, namely Ty Croes, Anglesey, on the picturesque coastal circuit.

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The fourth round of the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British Formula Two Sidecar Championship will be held with the Wirral 100 club this coming weekend at Anglesey. There has been a lengthy break since round three which took place at Mallory Park over the weekend of the 6th and 7th May. This was owing to the start of the road race season for sidecars. There has one less road meeting with this year's programme at Scarborough being cancelled (to date), but there was still the T.T. and the Southern 100 in which many F.S.R.A. teams compete.