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Despite a smaller than normal grid at Knockhill's round three of the championship, the racing was frantic with the door of opportunity 'shoved wide open for some new names to score big points. Drama was evident from the word go, as the Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki passenger Ryan Charlwood was side-lined with a dislocated shoulder.

In a show of camaraderie typically to be found in the sidecar paddock, L&W Team Principle Dave Walton loaned passenger Charlie Richardson to his intense rivals as stand-in for Charlwood. Richardson's regular driver, championship challenger Andy Peach was unable to compete at Knockhill due to a short-term illness.

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Round three of the British Sidecar Championship goes north of the border over the weekend of 24/25th June at a crucial time for the front runners. Leaders Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze have a dilemma in that there is a date clash with the Hungarian round of the World Championship which they also lead.

Their problem is exacerbated by the fact there are three races in Scotland, so potentially seventy-five points are there to be won or lost. Reigning Champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood are in no doubt as to where their priorities lie, and that is to maximise the trip north and claim the title lead. The Quattro Pant Cool Kawasaki duo chased Reeves to within a fraction of a second at Brands, so it is fair to say they are on his case.

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Round 2 of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British F1 Sidecar Championship was held on the 20-22nd May at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.

Both MKRacing's driver Martin Kirk and passenger Ben Hughes are familiar with the Indy circuit and were looking forward to racing on the famous track, which due to its short nature always provides some close exciting racing. Having raced at Brands Hatch a number of times in their short careers, it would provide a good chance to get a good feel for the new sidecar outfit.

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RKB-F1 Motorsport announced this week that there will be an additional round of two races added to the 2016 calendar. The picturesque and historic Mallory Park will be the venue and the date is confirmed as the 30/31st July.
The event is to coincide with the traditional Mallory Bike Bonanza, and the celebration of sixty years of racing at the Leicestershire circuit. Sidecars are to have premier billing, with two twenty-lap races on the Sunday, as well as extensive practice and qualifying sessions.
Also expect to see historic and classic sidecars parade round the track at regular intervals.

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Horspole and Connell rode to a brace of eighth places at Brands Hatch at the weekend in round two of the British Sidecar championship although they were awarded seventh place in the points in race one because one of the riders ahead was in the 600cc class and was not eligible to score points in the main class.

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Ben and Tom Birchall travelled to Kent for the second round of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar and Cup championship at Brands Hatch resulting in two resounding victories for the Mansfield team.

It was a nail-biting battle of the champions this weekend as the British title holders Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood challenged the world champions for the top spot at Brands Hatch.

Sidecar driver Ricky Stevens from Portsmouth, and his passenger Ryan Charlwood from Dover, gave the Kent crowd and TV audience a show to remember in Round 2 of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British F1 Sidecar Championship. They narrowly missed out twice on first place, coming second behind Tim Reeves and Greg Cluze.

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Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze ensured their strong start to the 2016 season continued at the weekend with the Team E-Aide Motorsport/Remse Racing pairing taking a double victory at Brands Hatch, venue for round two of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship.

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The Brands Indy lap record has stood since the days of Steve Webster, but came under serious threat on Sunday. Fresh from victory at Oulton Park and leading the championship, Tim Reeves and Greg were under pressure from the start as the Reigning Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki pairing of Ricky Stevens/Ryan Charlwood showed their class in free practice...click read more

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A star-studded grid will line up on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit for the second round in the 2016 British Sidecar Championship. Heading the line-up, just a couple of weeks before his isle of Man TT campaign, is Tim Reeves, who partnered by Greg Cluze on the Team E-Aide Motorsport Remse Racing Yamaha currently leads both the World and British championship chases after the opening round of each. Reeves has got the Yamaha sorted and was in imperious form at Oulton Park with a lights to flag victory. Sniffing at his heels, and out for revenge at Brands are the reigning champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood who, after a tentative start at Oulton, recovered to finish second.

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We have a quick reminder from Barry Nutley - 

The opening round of The Hyundai British Championship from Oulton Park is on Motors TV 21.30 this Thursday plus repeats.

For more complete racing TV listings, see Terry Scott (Ronno's) TV Times for May and June on the forum here

 

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Sleaford sidecar racer Gary Horspole with Scottish passenger Jimmy Connell rode to a fine sixth place in the first round of the British F1 Sidecar championship at Oulton Park over the Bank Holiday weekend.

This year the championship is split into two different categories both run within the same race. The F1 outfits are joined on the grid by the lesser powered 600cc F2 machines and the series runs in the same format as the world championship. The main F1 riders ride in the F1 British championship and the F2 machines take part in the F2 British Cup.

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Unpredictable weather over the bank holiday weekend would always be a factor in this important first event in the new season. As it happened, a dry sunny free practice allowed new boy Chris Walker to find his way around in a respectable exploratory style to finish seventh in the standings, just five seconds adrift of the masters Tim Reeves/Greg Cluze and just four seconds off the reigning champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood.

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Following on from their win in the first round of the FIM world championship cup Mansfield sidecar racers Ben and Tom Birchall travelled the relatively short distance to Oulton Park in Cheshire where they took a decisive victory in the opening round of the British Sidecar cup.

 

The series takes place within the F1 championship grid and the F2 cup riders race alongside the more powerful F1 machines but are separated on the result sheets to their own respective championships. The team have a 600cc Honda engine housed in their long LCR chassis especially built to contest the world and British F2 cup championships.