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With the series almost at the half-way stage, Snetterton in Norfolk is the venue for the fourth round of the Hyundai heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship over the weekend of 30 June - 1 July.

Defending Champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood had mixed fortunes at the previous round in Scotland on the JG Speedfit Cool Kawasaki and now sit third in the title chase.
Tim and Tristan Reeves (Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki) have been dominant in the six races so far, lifting maximum points,

Read more: Rapid Snetterton 300 to showcase the Round Four as title battle heats up

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Have you ever fancied a go as passenger in a top flight British Sidecar Championship outfit? Well, if you have, Mallory Park over the weekend of 8/9 July is your chance.

Join us for Round Five of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship, where on Saturday , one hour at midday has been allocated to charity passenger experiences, or as they are known in the paddock “taxi rides”.

CLICK READ MORE FOR DETAILS! 

Read more: Mallory Park Taxi Rides to benefit Grenfell Tower victims

Steve E here. I have to apologise to Giles and Jen (and of course Helen Pask who authors the reports) for the late posting of the Donington Report. I have been off work for a while (also doing a bit of hill climb with Ian Guy, report to follow) and haven't touched a laptop properly for nearly two weeks so this is all part of catching up! 

I've decided to post the two reports from Giles and Jen together which should hopefully make for better reading. PLEASE! Click read more... 

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Read more: Team SaS Round up.. .

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With the sun blazing down on the 4,740 km Pannonia Ring circuit could anyone stop the Birchall Brothers getting another win in the 15 lap Gold Race.
Before the start of the race, there was drama for Peter Kimeswenger and Jens Lehnertz with their “Austria Sidecar Racing-MRSC-Gunskirchen” LCR, Kawaski. After the morning warm up it was all hands on deck. The team had to change their engine, there was not a lot of time for this but the team worked well and they managed this and the team would start the race.

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Read more: FIM World Sidecar Championship. Pannonia Ring Hungary, Gold Race Report.

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Knockhill delivers top-class action as Kershaw returns in style, and the Reeves boys dominate Round Three

 

Twenty-six outfits on the 1.3 mile Knockhill circuit was a spectacle to behold with just three seconds covering the top ten in qualifying. Tim and Tristan Reeves on the Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki claimed pole at near lap-record speed ahead of Phil Bell/Tony Belsey (Marin Mortorsport Suzuki) and Steve Kershaw/Stuart Clark (Express Tyres/Blinkbonny Quarry Kawasaki).

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Double 600 winners, Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson

Read more: Knockhill Report - Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship

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Team A.R.C. had another weekend of contrasting fortunes as they fielded two outfits at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough in the Cock O'The North Road Races on the 24th and 25th June. While John and Jake Lowther impressed with four podium placings from the same number of starts; their team mates Lee Crawford and (stand-in passenger) Harry Payne had a successful opening day, taking a win and a third place, but suffered two non-finishes on the Sunday.

Read more: Podiums A-Plenty For Team A.R.C. At Oliver's Mount

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The annual "Cock O'The North Road Races" at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough will be held this coming weekend (24th & 25th June), and many classes are oversubscribed, with some entries unfortunately having to be returned. A full grid of Formula Two Sidecars will be fighting for supremacy in four races over the weekend, with "UK Super 2" points at stake in all of their outings. In addition, the "Robin Daykin Memorial Trophy" will be presented to the overall winners (highest point scorers over the four legs). The current holders - Dave Wallis and Harry Payne - will both be looking to retain the award, but this year line up on separate machines!

Read more: Close Racing Anticipated At Oliver's Mount

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Heading north of the border next weekend 16-18th June, the British Sidecar Championship brings what could easily be the largest contingent of sidecars seen in recent years at the 1.27 mile Knockhill circuit.

Returning to mainland short circuit duty are several intrepid crews who have just battled the rigours of the Isle of Man TT course with no small degree of success.

Each with a fourth place finish are Alan Founds and Lewis Blackstock. The latter, with his regular passenger Patrick Rosney, earned his silver replica in race two, whilst 600cc Cup leader Alan Founds is reunited with Tom Peters for domestic action having finished fourth in the opening TT with Jake Lowther..
A race one TT fifth for series leader and multiple world champion Tim Reeves could not be bettered as he retired in race two.

A stunning double TT victory for Ben and Tom Birchall will be celebrated in Hungary where they are on World Championship duty, along with John Holden who was twice runner-up in the Island.

Read more: Knockhill on course for record sidecar entry for Round Three

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Lee Crawford needs a passenger this coming weekend (Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June) at Donington Park, due to a last minute change of circumstances. If you can help, please click "read more" for details and contact information.

Read more: Passenger Needed Urgently - This Weekend (Donington Park)

11am Friday: 2 hour delay to this schedule announced so far, just to let the course dry.

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All the Thursday schedule at the TT has been cancelled. 

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Ben and Tom Birchall took a record breaking Sure Formula Two Sidecar race win on Monday afternoon at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races with the Mansfield brothers taking their fifth TT victory and setting a new outright lap record of 117.119mph.

Their eventual winning margin over John Holden/Lee Cain was 25.6s with Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle holding onto third as the weather closed in on the final lap. It was the Manxman’s 30th podium in his 50th TT start.

The Birchalls made their intentions clear from the outset and opened up a 3.4s lead over Holden/Cain through Glen Helen on the opening lap with Molyneux/Sayle a further second behind in third. The Founds brothers, Alan and Pete, with Jake Lowther and Jevan Walmsley in the respective chairs, were occupying fourth and fifth as Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes held sixth.

Read more: Birchalls set new TT lap record in fifth TT Race Win.

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I'm sure a report will follow very soon, but for now the official results from iomtt.com 

Congraulations Ben and Tom on the win, a new record lap of 117mph is just incredible, brilliantly done gentlemen! 

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Read more: TT Sidecar Race One results

Thanks to Andy Haynes who posted this up, I couldn't find it on the TT site having an old bloke moment- SE..

The start list for TT Sidecar Race One, now due to start on Monday. 

Read more: Start list for the TT Sidecar Race One, cheers Mr. Haynes

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At 12.40pm, it was the turn of the F2 Sidecars and although Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle elected to miss the session, the Birchall brothers made their intentions clear with an opening lap of 114.61mph.

However, on their second lap, the Mansfield pair stopped at the 11th Milestone to make adjustments and Alan Founds/Jake Lowther were quickest second time around at 112.703mph.

Read more: BLISTERING LAP FROM BIRCHALLS TOPS THE SIDECAR QUALIFYING BOARD AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT RACES

There was an announcement just around 3pm in the paddock that tonight's practice has been cancelled due to poor weather. 

There is another announcement expected around 4pm we hear.. .will update if we find out anything. 

Update at 16.00

The Sidecar Race A will now be on Monday, with Saturday having 2 Sidecar qualifying sessions, the Superbike race has also been put back to Sunday.. more updates once the list is published.

Friday Practices
18.20 to 19.40 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (All Classes except Lightweight) Qualifying
19.45 to 20.40 Sidecars
20.40 to 20.50 TT Zero 1 lap practice

Saturday Practices

10.40 - 12.00 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all Classes except Lightweight) Qualifying
12.05 - 13.05 Sidecar Qualifying
14.10 - 15.30 Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all classes) practice session
15.40 - 16.30 Sidecar practice session
16.35 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport practice (1 lap)
17.00 TT Zero Qualifying (1 lap)

Sunday Practice (Superbike Race is Sunday as well)
16.25 Sidecar Practice (1 lap)
16.40 TT Zero Practice (1 lap)

Race Schedule

SUNDAY 4TH JUNE
14.00 TT Superbike Race 1 (6 laps)
MONDAY 5TH JUNE
10.45 TT Supersport Race 1 (4 laps)
14.15 Sidecar Race (3 laps)
TUESDAY 6TH JUNE
12.15 TT Superstock (4 laps)
WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE
10.45 TT Supersport Race 2 (4 laps)
13.45 TT Lightweight Race (4 laps)
16.25 TT Zero Race (1 lap)
FRIDAY 9TH JUNE
10.30 TT Sidecar Race 2 (3 laps)
12.45 Senior TT Race (6 laps)

 

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“Team Shand Racing” set off to the 2017 Isle of Man TT races on Wednesday 24th May.

With one week on the island not a lot of laps have been done due to bad weather. Although the weather was hot and sunny for three days running up to the first full weekend on the island, no practice had been scheduled.

With this long wait, it was an opportune time to get some good preparation done to the “Shand Chassis” Honda.
Driver Gordon, managed to get a lot of engine work done in the mobile workshop in the back of the team truck, he was really happy with the progress he managed to get done to some engines. Passenger Phil started making adjustments to the fairing and some small changes to the ever important handholds he uses. Mechanic Douglas “The Professor” started checking over the chassis, making some adjustments; he also did a lot of work to the front brakes, and fabricated a new oil catchment tray. While this was all going on the team were well fed and watered by the “Boss” Sandra.

Read more: TT 2017 report so far for Team Shand, Gordon Shand and Phil Hyde

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Hyundai heavy industries British Sidecar Championship f600 front runners Greg Lambert and Julie Canipa made a surprise entry to the Pre TT Classic races at the Billown circuit.

With Greg only acquiring the outfit and deciding to compete just a few weeks before the event, also missing first practise due to a lanyard fault, there were big smiles in the team as they qualified 4th fastest having only 4 laps on the bike together.

This turned a few heads in the paddock, having such little bike time and bearing in mind that Julie hadn't even sat on a classic outfit before!

Read more: Greg and Julie Impress at the Pre TT Classics..