The Assured Office Solutions/Be Wiser Kawasaki F1 Sidecar team of Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood will arrive in Kent knowing that the weekend's two races can be contested with zero pressure. A dominant season which saw them lift eleven victories has given them the 2015 title ahead of the final round. It has been a thoroughly fascinating season with many twists and turns along the way for many of the teams.
The end of this riveting year has been overshadowed however by the serious crash and resultant injuries sustained by Steve Kershaw and Rob Wilson at a non-championship event on their local Knockhill circuit. The entire F1 sidecar paddock and the organisers RKB-F1 Motorsport is united in fund-raising and support for the two likeable Scots. Stevens and Charlwood dedicated their recent Silverstone victories to the lads, and wished them only good things on the long road to recovery.
The main battle at Brands will be for third, fourth and fifth places in the standings. Andy Peach and Charlie Richardson are guaranteed the runner-up spot for L&W Contractors, and are acutely aware that inconsistency, for a variety of reasons, has cost them the title. Failure to finish four races made all the difference. Behind them though, the picture is far less clear. The strong third place held by the afore-mentioned Kershaw/Wilson pairing is now looking vulnerable, with Tony Brown/Lee Cain (Paymundo.com Kawasaki), Roger Lovelock/A Beki Aalto (BB Bikeshop/Phoenix ECIGS BMW) both in the frame to claim it.
Other strong performers determined to push hard at Brands include Gary Horspole/Jimmy Connell (Horspole Racing Suzuki) and the Finning Cat Kawasaki duo of Ben Holland/Lee Watson. Expect also to see a strong display by Tim Reeves and Greg Cluze as they get to grips with the Remse Racing Yamaha, and the flying 600cc Honda powered LCR being developed for the 2016 World Championship by the Birchall Brothers. Sean Hegarty and James Neave are also back on the scene, and always go well at Brands.
Series promoter Roger Body for RKB-F1 Motorsport said," Five years ago, we launched a plan to put sidecar racing back where it belongs, matching the standard of its solo counterpart series in terms of image, professionalism and quality of racing. 2015 has more than exceeded our goals and expectations. The quality of racing, the response from trackside and TV audiences, and the general awareness of the sport has been better than ever, and very positive. We have continued to drive the series forward to the point where it is the envy of not just other national series organisers, but the organisers of the World Championship itself. The 2016 season is looking very rosy indeed for sidecar racing in general, and we will continue to work with all parties to grow our sport on all levels. We are delighted to have the support of household names such as Hyundai Heavy Industries and the Molson Group. This relationship has even further enhanced our profile."
Both races are on Saturday at Brands, with a triple-header BSB finale over the weekend.
SE here, just like to add the timetable and say -
both races Saturday = no early rise on Sunday at the last round of the series