Situated mid-way between Poitiers and Limoges in central France, the circuit of Val de Vienne proved to be the ideal platform for the first proper test ahead of the 2017 British Sidecar Championship.. Those crews who attended Carlo's Trainingslager found the four days track action invaluable, and gave them a flying start to the new season. As a result, this year's event was even more popular, with a strong British contingent making the trip.

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Run as an open test week for solos and sidecars, the entry list was mightily impressive, with virtually all the top crews from across Europe on track. Former World Champions included Tim and Tristan Reeves, the Birchall Brothers and Bennie Streuer/Geert Koerts. Our own British Champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood headed the UK line-up of around eighty teams, comprising both 1000cc and 600cc competitors. Several new faces showed up to demonstrate their skills for the first time in anger.

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The entry list for the Hyundai British Championship is also at record levels, and clearly the teams at the top of that list understood the importance of track time in France.

 

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With the opening round of the 2017 championship still nine weeks away, the number of registered crews has already hit record levels. An impressive thirty-eight outfits have signalled their intentions to contest most of the rounds, with a hard core of twenty-eight signed up for the entire series. This is indeed great news for the hordes of sidecar fans at trackside and at home. The over-riding factor is the return of several top names along with an influx of new talent. As a direct result, the quality of the 2017 grid will be at unprecedented levels.

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Big thanks to John Mushet for the photos and details from the weekend

Last weekend was the long awaited weekend of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship Dinner Dance and Awards presentation. 

A big thank you to Steve 'Stavros' Parrish for presenting the awards.

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From MDMD of course, we have the registration list for the 2017 British F1 and 600 Cup. 

 I'll count again Nev... and this time I make it 25 x 1000s and 11 x 600 Cup runners.

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Remember of course that this series is not just F1, F2 people please do feel free and very welcome to join in says Glenn!

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Dinner Dance & Awards Presentation
Saturday 28th January 2017
Bentley Hotel – Leisure Club & Spa
Newark Road, South Hykeham,
Lincoln LN6 9NH

Please make a date to celebrate an outstanding 2016 season!
Dance to Motown/Soul Group "Sistacated" & Disco to the early hours.

Click read more for menu and hotel details and to download the dinner form...

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Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing have announced that they will retain double British F1 sidecar champions Team Ricky and Ryan (WPS Racing) for the 2017 season and that the new team will run with JG Speedfit as their title sponsor.

After racing to victory in 2015 and successfully defending their title in 2016, sidecar driver Ricky Stevens, from Portsmouth, and his passenger Ryan Charlwood, from Dover, joined Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing at Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham earlier today to reveal their plan for the 2017 championship.

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RKB-F1 Motorsport announces exciting new plans ahead of the new season which will see the premier sidecar championship enjoy an unprecedented level of exposure and recognition within the BSB paddock.
A twenty-race, ten round series is scheduled, with one race on Saturday, and a second race slotted between the two Superbike races mid-afternoon on Sunday enjoying prime-time live Eurosport television coverage.
The one exception to this format is round five, when the series returns to the popular Mallory Park, scene of such close race action on its debut in 2016.

Apologies for the short link here - this is to the forum where the details are, I need to get this on urgent while I have access..... 

Click here for details on the forum from Glenn Walsh of the RKB Dinner Dance Presentation, don't forget this is open for F1 and F2 competitors alike.. 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.