• FIM Sidecar World Championship 2017. Round One Le-Mans, Preview.


    The 2017 “FIM Sidecar World Championship” gets under way at the world famous 4,185km “Bugatti Circuit” at Le-Mans, France, over the Easter weekend. The World Sidecars will be supporting the famous “24 Houres Motos” for solo motorcycles.

    New rules starting from 2017 means that all the top sidecar teams who were running 1000cc engines had to change to 600cc engines over the winter break. Some teams who ran 600cc engines in short tubular chassis last season have changed to the longer monocoque constructed chassis, but most have just had to change to the 600cc engine.




    Reigning World F2 sidecar champions Ben and Tom Birchall are preparing their Mitchell's of Mansfield supported machine in readiness for the 2017 season when they will contest the British and World championships on their LCR chassis powered by a Yamaha R6 engine supplied by CF Motorsport plus the Isle of Man TT and the Southern 100 on the smaller LCR short chassis with a Honda 600cc engine this year.

    Ben Birchall said: "Our preparation is going very well right now and we are nearly ready to make a start on our testing programme ahead of the first race.



    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.




    Ben and Tom Birchall took their TT winning F2 outfit to Darley Moor for the Annual Stars at Darley meeting where they were invited to race in the final round of their Sidecar championship on Sunday.

    After securing pole position the F2 World Trophy winners went on to take the win in the 15 lap race in front of a huge crowd that had gathered at the circuit for the Stars races.

  • Michael Dunlop and Dan Sayle to join forces at Brands Finale


    MD and Dan in action 2012 at Scarborough

    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.

  • Assen vital in title chase as season approaches pinnacle


    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.

  • BIRCHALL RACING, Ben and Tom at Donington Park


    Ben and Tom Birchall from Mansfield rode their four races to perfection at their local circuit of Donington Park at the weekend when they were competing in the final round of the World F2 sidecar Trophy and the three British 600 Cup races taking the wins in both championships. Having already clinched the world title the Mitchells of Mansfield supported brothers also secured the British title this weekend with four races left to race.

  • Race report - FIM sidecar World Championship and the FIM Sidecar F2 World Trophy.

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    Donington Park. 
    Reeves takes win but no championship!

    With dry conditions, but overcast, the lights went out for the last race of the season for the FIM Sidecar World Championship and the FIM Sidecar F2 World Trophy.

    Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze got the perfect start from pole position with their "Remse Racing/Team Eaide" LCR, Yamaha, they set off down "Craner Curves" letting the rest of the field know what their intensions were, a race win would only do for them.

    Championship leaders Pekka Paivarinta and Kirsi Kainulainen with their "44-Racing" LCR, BMW slotted in behind Reeves and Cluze, they had to stay out of trouble throughout the race, and hope that their machine would last the race distance to take the championship title.

  • Sidecars galore as series resumes at Dickies Donington Park

    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.



    After recording the win in both races at Oschersleben, Mansfield brothers Ben and Tom Birchall have secured the World F2 Trophy title with one race remaining and will celebrate their world title at Donington Park in front of their sponsors, family and friends in the final round on September 17.

    The Mitchells of Mansfield supported brothers had a perfect run setting a time of 1m 33.769s during qualifying to secure a third row start in the mixed grid of riders for the start of the 12 lap Sprint race. Ben said: "It has all gone perfectly for us today and once again we are the top F2 Trophy team on the grid."



    Ben and Tom Birchall travelled to Assen in the Netherlands for a round of the World Sidecar championship over the weekend where they recorded yet another strong finish to take the win in the F2 World Trophy.

    The F2 World Trophy race is run within the gird of the F1 World championship and after taking pole in their class the Mitchells of Mansfield supported brothers began their campaign from the third row in sixth position overall.






    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.






    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.







    Following their double win at Snetterton in the British championship on Sunday, Mansfield brothers Ben and Tom Birchall travelled directly to the Isle of Man where they took part in qualifying on Monday evening for the two sidecar races at the Southern 100 meeting and going on to take a second and third place in two thrilling races.







    Ben and Tom Birchall recorded a double win at Snetterton in the two races comprising the fourth round of the British Sidecar 600 Cup Championship which is run within the grid of the British F1 Sidecar series. The Birchalls now have 50 points and extend their lead to 16 over Nichols/Tilley. 



    Fresh from their decisive victory in the second race at the Isle of Man TT festival Ben and Tom Birchall rode to a winning double at Grobnik Automotodrom in Croatia at the weekend to extend their championship lead in the FIM F2 Sidecar World trophy.

    The Mitchells of Mansfield supported team were contesting the F2 Sidecar World Trophy is run within the grid for the FIM F1 Sidecar world championship with the F2 riders competing for their own set of points for the trophy.



    After the disappointment of a non finish to Saturday's first sidecar race at the Isle of Man TT festival and a lot of problems during practice Mansfield brothers Ben and Tom Birchall rode a perfect race to take a resounding win in the second encounter on Friday.

    Although the LCR Honda let go in the first race the Birchall brothers were delighted to find they had taken the lap record registering 116.798mph on the second lap. Unfortunately the unforgiving 37.73 mile mountain roads course took its toll on the final lap when they were forced to retire at Sulby crossroads.




    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.

  • Top Class entry heads for Brands Hatch for round two

    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.



    Mansfield sidecar racing brothers Ben and Tom Birchall got their 2016 world championship season off to the best of starts by taking the decisive win at Le Mans in the opening round of the FIM F2 Sidecar World Trophy on Saturday.

    The championship consists of nine races held at six of the fastest circuits in the world with the first round held at the Le Mans circuit in France prior to the 24 hour World Endurance race.

    (update: Podium shot is by BigWally, I missed that bit)