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The first round of the British Sidecar Championship took place over the weekend at the 1.2 mile Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent. The Portsmouth based Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki sidecar team, with driver Ricky Stevens and Dover based passenger Ryan Charlwood would be competing for the first time on their Kawasaki powered 600 cc machine.

The 2015 and 2016 British Champions have made the swop from 1,000 cc powered machines a year early before the new rules in 2019 dictate that all the sidecars will be powered by 6oo cc machine both in the British and in the World Championship, which has been in place since 2017.

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The ever-popular annual “Carlostrainingslager” test session at the picturesque Val de Vienne circuit in France last week, proved to be invaluable for all teams making the journey.
A mixture of British Championship teams, Grand Prix teams and various different national class crews totalling some sixty or more outfits enrolled for the week.
With the opening British round the second weekend of April, and the first World round at Le Man the following weekend, there were many new aspects to test and bed in.

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In an agreement reached in recent days, Motorsport TV will take all rounds of the 2018 championship for its linear TV platform across Europe.
The thirty-minute highlight shows will embrace the best of the action from both races each weekend, with podium interviews and interesting features.

In the UK, Motorsport TV can be accessed on Freesat channel 253, on SKY channel 447 and Virgin Media channel 545.
This is in addition to the Frontrunner channel, which began showing the series last season.
Frontrunner too is on Freesat channel 250 and SKY channel 469.

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The traditional RKB-F1 awards presentation evening took place at the Bentley Hotel, South Hykeham, near Lincoln last Saturday evening, and a packed function room celebrated the efforts of the 2017 season contestants.
As reported throughout the year, there was plenty of drama in what had truly been a stellar year for many of the crews.
Highlights of this action were captured in a short video and music piece, shown immediately prior to the presentation itself.

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Greetings all,


Here's the Registration Form for next season's British Sidecar Championship at BSB 

NOTE: This is not the Series Entry Form - all of you who Register by the end of January will then get sent that in February.


The Technical Regulations should follow within the next 10 days.

The key change all 600 riders should be aware of is that in 2018 you will score points for the Main Championship for the first time as well as for the 600 Cup in each race.


Those of you who wish to renew your ACU Licences - once you return the Registration - we will issue by email your ACU unique codes so you can do that online at the ACU site or by adding the code to the back of your 2018 ACU Licence Form.

Happy for you to print, fill-in, scan and email back to me - or post back.

Happy Christmas all and have a Great New Year.

On behalf of RKB Motorsport:
Mike Dommett
CEO - The British Motorcycle Racing Club
Office: 01708 720305
Mob: 07970 963572

 

 

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Ten Rounds, a brand-new Sidecar Revival event and increased opportunities for 600's in 2018.

 

At a meeting last week, the organisational team headed by Roger Body arrived at the final framework for the championship going into the 2018 season.   

A ten round championship is planned, nine of which will again be alongside the British Superbike Championship, with a tenth round to be stand-alone at the famous Cadwell Park circuit over the weekend of 23/24th June.

 

This event will be known as “The Sidecar Revival” with a full programme featuring Sidecar Grand Prix Legends, sidecar classics, F2 outfits and a line-up of interesting solos.

The chance to see the likes of Steve Webster, Steve Abbott, Rolf Biland and Alain Michel back on track will indeed be one to relish.

The event will contain three Hyundai Heavy Industries Championship races.

 

Dates are  - click read more.. 

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Roger Body and the entire team at RKB-F1 Motorsport wish to send heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Barry, who was taken from us in the most cruel and innocuous of circumstances earlier this week.

 

 

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Always with an eye to the future, Roger Body and his RKB-F1 organisational team are working hard to ensure that Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship continues to evolve and grow.
The thinking has always been to have the FIM World Championship, and the leading National Championships, of which the British is without doubt the strongest, to be aligned with similar, if not identical rules and operational format.

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The culmination of the 2017 season was every bit as exciting as it might have been. A record entry of almost forty outfits, subject to one or two late cancellations, would guarantee a packed grid for both races, with world class former champions mixing it with young hopefuls and established championship regulars.

 

Tim and Tristan Reeves came to Brands seeking an unblemished clean sweep of all twenty races over the season, whilst newly crowned world champions Ben and Tom Birchall were within touching distance of the British 600cc Cup Crown, to add their FIM Gold Medal.

 

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World Champions spice up Assen action, as Stevens/Charlwood crash out

No fewer than thirty-four crews entered for the penultimate round in Holland, headed by three former, and one current pair of World Champions.
It was no surprise therefore, that qualifying was dominated by three of those aforementioned, with newly crowned Tim and Tristan Reeves leading the way on the Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki.

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Reigning World Champion Sidecar racers Ben and Tom Birchall travelled to Assen in the Netherlands for the penultimate round of the British 600cc Cup that takes place within the British F1 Sidecar Championship. The Mansfield brothers recorded a double win at Assen in their class and remain in second place in the cup but with double points on offer in the final two races at Brands Hatch there is a slim chance they could win the title.

The weather played its part in qualifying and both races at Assen but the Mitchells of Mansfield supported team took it all in their stride to qualify in third place overall in the dry and went on to contest the first race on a very wet and slippery circuit on Saturday.

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Where has 2017 gone you might ask, as the tenth and final round of the series heads back to Brands Hatch next weekend 13-15 October, where it all began seven months ago.

In that time, we have witnessed a new level of dominance by Tim and Tristan Reeves in the major capacity class, the determined return of the popular Scots Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clarke, the change in fortunes of the former double champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood, and the emergence of new talent in the 600cc Cup class.

One thing is for sure, the racing has been good and not without incident, with the 600's adding extra spice.

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Sleaford F1 Sidecar Driver with Scottish passenger Jimmy Connell travelled to Assen in the Netherlands for the penultimate round of the British F1 Sidecar Championship on Sunday resulting an eighth place finish and eight championship points for the duo.

The weather affected the racing on Saturday and after qualifying well on the sixth row for the first race on Saturday Gary decided not to race as, with standing water in places on the track, he deemed the conditions too dangerous.

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Sleaford sidecar driver along with passenger Jimmy Connell were at Cadwell Park for a round of the British F1 Sidecar Championship at the weekend (apologies for the delay posting this - SE)  resulting in a seventh place in race one and a crash in the second affair.