After their horrific crash at the Donington Park round in September which caused the Maidstone Blue Machinery/Fileder system/ AMR British Formula one sidecar team to miss the last round at Assen in Holland. Driver Matt MacLaurin and passenger Adrian Hope returned to action at the final round of the British Formula one Championship at the weekend at the iconic 2.4 mile Brands Hatch GP circuit. Even with missing the last three races the pair have had another great season competing at the highest level and are still in ninth place in the championship and are hoping for a top ten finish in the championship. With double points up for grabs in the two races they had it all to play for.
With the damage to their 1000 cc Yamaha powered machine fixed and their injuries healed the pair know and love this circuit so spirits were high for the two ten lap races on Saturday in front of a big British Superbike crowd. With the championship title still to be decided amongst the top four sidecar teams the racing would again be at the highest standard. Friday's practice and qualifying saw Matt and Adrian qualify in thirteth place on the large grid.
With a gearbox problem which gave them only four gears instead of six the pair finished in a great eleventh place and they also recorded their fastest ever lap around the circuit in twenty years of racing there. Saturday's weather then played it's part as the heavens opened and the light failed so the race was postponed until Sunday morning also reducing it to eight laps. On a very greasy track Matt and Adrian had a terrible start going onto the grass which caused them to be at the back of the race. With a superb performance they moved through the field finishing in seventh place, which gave them ninth place in the final championship table. Speaking in the paddock afterwards Matt said. "It's has been another great season and we have now shown that we can be a top ten team, something we wanted to achieve at the start of the year." Adrian added "We have shown we can compete with World and British champions on one of the oldest engined sidecars out there. I'm so pleased for all the team for all the hard work that has gone in over the season."

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Things didn't go quite to plan for Birchall Racing at Brands Hatch where they were to contest the two final races in the British Sidecar 600 cup but due to an unfortunate electrical problem they were unable to resolve, Ben and Tom were unable to race.

But it was not all bad news as multi TT winner Michael Dunlop with passenger Dan Sayle took command of the Birchall Racing F2 outfit and completed both races within the top six.

Read more: BIRCHALL RACING BRANDS HATCH SEASON FINALE

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Sleaford F1 Sidecar driver with Scottish passenger Jimmy Connell travelled to Brands Hatch for the season finale of the British F1 Sidecar championship where the two races attracted double points. Gary and Jimmy scored a strong 10th place in race one and eighth in the second encounter to xo plate their season in an overall position of eighth on 156 points.

After qualifying in seventh place Gary and Jimmy were due to start the first 10 lap encounter from the fourth row but a problem on the warm up lap forced them to start the race from pit lane joining the rest of the 31 strong grid as they passed the end of the straight.

Read more: HORSPOLE RACING BRANDS HATCH SEASON FINALE

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Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze ensured their British Sidecar Championship season ended on a high at the weekend when they took a double victory at the final round held at Brands Hatch. The E-Aide Motorsport/Remse Racing duo took their 11th and 12th race victories but, sadly, just fell short by 11 points of another British Championship title.

Having taken pole position for Saturday's opening 10-lap race, a slightly sluggish start saw Tim and Gregory overhauled and pushed back to third behind Ben Holland/Lee Watson and John Holden/Stuart Ramsey. However, a lap later they were up to second having got by Holden and on lap four they took the lead, something they were never to relinquish.

Read more: Another British Championship double for Reeves and Cluze

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The final round of the British F1 Sidecar Championship took place this weekend at Brands Hatch and Team Ricky and Ryan achieved their ambition of winning the title for the second year running.

Sidecar driver Ricky Stevens, from Portsmouth, and his passenger Ryan Charlwood, from Dover, arrived at the Kent circuit with a 47-point lead and one goal in mind: to be the 2016 British F1 sidecar champions.

This advantage wasn't enough to guarantee them the title however, so they still had everything to race for.

Read more: Ricky and Ryan Are Crowned Champions at Brands Hatch

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Huge congratulations to Ricky Stevens, Ryan Charlwood and all the rest of their Team, 2016 British Sidecar Champions.

For the full results see the timekeepers here, or click read more for the Championship and Cup points final standings. 

Read more: Congratulations Ricky and Ryan!

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The British Championship decider due to be run at 17.15 today (Saturday) will now be run at 10.35 tomorrow (Sunday 16th) over a shortened distance of 8 laps.

See the Timekeeper's Section on the forum here for today's race results. 


Click read more for tomorrow's revised BSB Schedule (thank you Wayne Hinch, cheers fella!) 

Read more: Saturday's second race at Brands today (15th) has been postponed

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The conclusion of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship in association with The Molson Group takes place next weekend 14-16th October with a distinct possibility of a major upset. Reigning champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood take their Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent with a seemingly comfortable forty-seven point cushion over five times world champions Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze (Team E-Aide Motorsport Remse Racing Yamaha).

Read more: Stevens/Charlwood versus Reeves/Cluze and double points at Brands

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The latest high profile name from the solo ranks to explore sidecar action in the premier three-wheeled championship is none other than thirteen times TT winner Michael Dunlop. Together with vastly experienced Manxman Dan Sayle, himself with eight TT victories under his belt, they will campaign the Birchall Brother's TT winning 600 LCR Honda as wild cards in the final round of the British Sidecar Championship on the Brands GP Circuit over the weekend 14-16th October.

Read more: Michael Dunlop and Dan Sayle to join forces at Brands Finale

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The annual BSB and British Sidecar pilgrimage to the famed Cathedral of Speed was greeted by the usual large and enthusiastic crowd, many of whom had trekked over from the UK to enjoy Dutch hospitality.


Qualifying took place over two sessions on Friday with Tim Reeves/Greg Cluze (Team E-Aide Motorsport Yamaha) getting the verdict with a time set in session one. They were unable to improve due to a blown engine, but had done enough. The failure prevented any involvement in the second outing. Outgoing World Champions Benny Streuer/Geert Koerts shared the front row half a second behind, and current lap record holders Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood (Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki) were comfortably in third on the grid alongside Chris Walker/Ashley Hawes (Santander Salt Kawasaki).

Read more: Fast and ferocious Assen sees Stevens/Charlwood's lead reduced

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Traditionally a favourite circuit with the sidecar brigade, the ultra-fast Cathedral of Speed will stage races seventeen and eighteen of the 2016 British Sidecar Championship this coming weekend 1/2nd October, with just two more races to go before the Champions are crowned for this season at Brands Hatch in a couple of weeks.
It seems only yesterday we were welcoming Chris Walker and Ashley Hawes to the family as "new kids on the block", with barely any notion as to how they would fare. They take their Santander Salt Kawasaki LCR to Assen fourth in the table, with the added distinction of being the only crew to have scored points in every single race contested. This becomes even more meaningful when you consider that for the final round, there will be the usual double points in each race on offer. So ahead of Assen, there are still one hundred and fifty priceless points there to be had.

Read more: Assen vital in title chase as season approaches pinnacle

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The largest number of sidecar outfits seen in the UK for years assembled for combined qualifying ahead of the single World Championship race, and three British title races. With so much at stake, it was no surprise that Tim Reeves and Greg Cluze grabbed the advantage in front of the world leaders Pekka Paivarinta/Kirsi Kainulainen. Sitting comfortably in third were the British Champions Ricky Stevens/Ryan Charlwood. The comparison between the two classes was fascinating with British riders very much in the hunt in terms of lap times. The grid for the first of the Hyundai/Molson British races would therefore see Reeves in pole and Stevens sharing the front row.

Read more: Donington delivers world class action as Stevens and Charlwood consolidate lead.

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Sleaford sidecar driver Gary Horspole with passenger Jimmy Connell rode to a fine sixth place in the second of the three races in the British F1 Sidecar championship at Donington Park on Sunday, going to take fifth in the final race of the day to pick up 21 points and move to eighth in the overall standings on 108 points with just four races left to run.

Qualifying went well for Horspole and Connell who began the first of three 10 lap races from a fourth row grid position. They set off well but towards the end of the lap Gary encountered a problem with the clutch and was forced to retire the LCR Suzuki into the pits at the end of the first lap.

Read more: HORSPOLE RACING DONINGTON

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Roger Body, head of RKB-F1 called all the teams to a meeting yesterday to discuss and announce the arrangements for 2017 and beyond. 

The British Championship will carry on as it is, rules unchanged with 1000cc engines for 2017. Roger emphasised that RKB-F1 will be keeping a watchful eye on how the Superside World Championship's new rules are received with a view to possibly changing in 2018. If it was to change in 2018 it would possibly be that the 600s are the main promoted class and the 1000s would still run as the 'cup' class, but that it will become clearer during 2017 whether it would be a good move to make.

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Read more: 2017 at the British Sidecar Championship, 1000cc to stay for a year at least.