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


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

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.


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.


RKB-F1 -White Bground

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.


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

Donington Park will play host to an unprecedented number of sidecar outfits this coming Dickies British Superbike weekend (16-18 September) when the Hyundai Heavy Industries British and FIM World Sidecar Championships also descend on the famous circuit. Both series are at a crucial stage with Britain's Tim Reeves and Greg Cluze (Team E-Aide Motorsport Remse Yamaha) in a challenging position in each title chase.

Read more: Sidecars galore as series resumes at Dickies Donington Park

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Once again Ben and Tom Birchall scored maximum points in the British 600 Cup when they travelled to their local track of Mallory Park for an extra round of the championship on Sunday.

Although they were using their LCR 600cc Honda and were therefore at a disadvantage against the 1000cc machines in the F1 class Ben and Tom were in their element and beat all the F1 outfits to secure pole position for first 12 lap race.



The sixtieth birthday celebrations at Mallory Park featured a host of historic machinery, and celebrities from six decades of motorcycling over the weekend. Stars of the show were the Hyundai British Championship regulars who took full advantage of the weather and cheerful party atmosphere.

Read more: Stevens/Charlwood reign supreme at Mallory Bonanza and reclaim series lead


Gary Horspole and Jimmy Connell contested a round of the British F1 Sidecar championship at Mallory Park on Sunday which began well but ended in disaster after a crash put the pair out of the second race. Luckily neither rider was injured in the incident and the outfit suffered just fairing damage.

Starting the first of two races from the third row, the Sleaford driver and his Scottish passenger Jimmy Connell powered the LCR Suzuki through to a sixth place finish after 12 gruelling laps of the short but technical Leicestershire circuit but were elevated to fifth place as one of the outfits that finished ahead of them was in the 600 class and ineligible to score points in the F1 race.


Sixty years ago Mallory Park rang to the sound of motorcycle engines when the Leicester Query Club ran the first ever motorcycle race meeting on the newly tarmacked surface. On the programme that day was an impressive array of sidecars and Morgan three-wheelers. It is therefore fitting that the world's premier domestic sidecar series should make its debut appearance at the Mallory Bike Bonanza joining in the birthday celebrations.

Read more: Mallory Park Bike Bonanza next up for Britain's best sidecars





Mansfield brothers Ben and Tom Birchall won all three of their races in the fourth round of the British Sidecar 600 cup at Thruxton over the weekend and now lead the championship by a massive 41 points.

The 600 cup is run within the grid of the British F1 sidecar championship with each set of riders scoring points in their own class. Ben and Tom qualified sixth overall to start the first of three eight lap races from the third row of the mixed grid.



After the disastrous weekend at Snetterton where Sleaford Sidecar driver Gary Horspole with passenger Jimmy Connell was unable to take part in either race because of technical problems, the pair secured three top 10 finishes at Thruxton in round four of the British F1 Sidecar championship over the weekend.

Horspole and Connell qualified in ninth position and started the first eight lap race from the fifth row on Saturday. They got away to a good start making up ground to seventh place which they held throughout the eight lap affair. They were however awarded sixth place in the results as one outfit ahead was in the 600 Cup class and only recorded points in their own class.



F1 sidecar champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood had expected a tough fight to extend their lead in the Championship, and the three races this weekend proved them right.

Sidecar driver Ricky Stevens, from Portsmouth, and his passenger Ryan Charlwood, from Dover, were racing on the familiar grounds of Thruxton, Hampshire this weekend for the fifth round of the British F1 Sidecar Championship.

Read more: Highs and Lows for Team Ricky and Ryan at Thruxton