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    Sleaford F1 sidecar driver Gary Horspole with passenger Jimmy Connell recorded a brace of point scoring results in round seven of the British F1 Sidecar championship at Thruxton on Sunday although it could have been three results if the third race had not been abandoned.

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    The vastly experienced Simon Gilbert and Carl Morgan will make a return to top-flight sidecar racing action in 2018 under the Draper Racing banner.
    Draper Racing, under Team Manager Bill Philp, himself a former sidecar racer, currently fields Aaron Clarke in National Superstock 600, and Bill's son Tommy in the British Supersport Championship.

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    The ultra-fast Thruxton circuit is always a great leveller, and particularly hard on passengers with its never-ending right handed bends. Three races on the programme would put seventy-five points on the table, but as events turned out, things did not go to plan.

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    Sleaford sidecar driver Gary Horspole with Scottish passenger Jimmy Connell were at Brands Hatch at the weekend to contest the two races in round six of the British F1 Sidecar championship where they recorded an eighth and 10th place to their races which move them up to sixth in the rider standings on 80 points.

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    Round Six - Brands Hatch - July 21-23, 2017

    The mid-summer round on the Brands GP circuit was, as expected, drama packed and fiercely contested.

    Practice and qualifying were both sun-kissed, with the track in perfect condition. Tim and Tristan Reeves, the former nursing severe bruising after the well-documented Southern 100 crash the previous weekend, were again in brilliant form on their local circuit. From the word go, at near-lap record pace, they laid down a marker on the Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki and then sat back.

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    Photos from the recent Taxi Rides at Mallory Park and albums going back seasons in the RKB British Championships with Hyundai Heavy Industries can be found on the

    RKB F1 Website gallery page here

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    The "Party in the Park" at the picturesque Cadwell Park circuit will now include the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship on 18-20th August.

    The Silverstone BSB round scheduled for the second weekend of September will go ahead as planned with a full solo programme, but the opportunity to switch the sidecars to a circuit that will provide much closer and more interesting racing was put forward.


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    Tim and Tristan Reeves arrive at their home track with maximum points from the ten races so far in this year's Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship. The Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki pair have dominated the 2017 series so far, with the most recent victories coming at the Mallory Park Bike Bonanza two weeks ago.
    Defending champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood (JG Speedfit Cool Kawasaki) have had mixed fortunes this year, and trail the leaders by one hundred points in second place.

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    The JG Speedfit/Cool Milk all-female sidecar team of Maria Costello and Kirsty Hauxwell, made their Mallory Park debut in Round 5 of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship.

    With over 20 years of road racing experience, Maria Costello is well known to motorsport aficionados for her many achievements, including her MBE for services to motorcycling and achieving the first female podium in a race around the Isle of Man TT.

    Given that she typically rides up to 12 different solo race bikes in one season, buying and racing an LCR F2 sidecar in the 600cc ‘Cup’ class is something of a departure for Maria.

    “Sidecar racing is so fantastic,” Maria explained... Click read more!! 

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    Gloriously sunny weather prevailed for Saturday qualifying with Tim and Tristan Reeves once again claiming pole.
    It was far from a runaway result this time though, as Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark came to within two-tenths of denying them the place. Anxious to make up for a disappointing Snetterton, Kershaw had the Express Tyres/Blinkbonny Kawasaki on the stop as he completed more laps than anyone else in his efforts to claim the pole.
    Sensationally, the Birchall brothers, Ben and Tom used the 600 Yamaha to great effect just a further one-tenth back in third.
    Andy Peach/Ken Edwards also pulled off a great result winning the “Battle of the Suzukis” with a stunning fourth ahead of the Stalker Chris Walker/Ashley Hawes (Santander Salt Kawasaki).

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    By its very nature, Mallory Park is one of the best viewing circuits in the country.
    Over the decades, countless tens of thousands of spectators have crowded the banks surrounding the tight, picturesque Leicestershire circuit, to watch the world's best sidecar racers battle for supremacy.
    This spectacle will be played out again in the strongest sidecar championship on the planet, over this coming weekend 8/9th July.

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    Mansfield sidecar racers Ben and Tom Birchall rode to a brace of wins in a round of the British 600cc Sidecar championship at Snetterton at the weekend and move to fourth in the rider standings after contesting just two rounds (three races) in the series.

    The Mitchells of Mansfield supported brothers secured third place in qualifying in a mixed grid of F1 and 600cc outfits and were fastest in their class and as the first of two races got underway the six times TT winners slotted into fourth place overall before moving up to third at the half way stage of the 12 lap affair. They maintained third place throughout the remainder of the race to take the chequered flag as comfortable winners in the 600 class with Ellis/Richardson finishing in second place some distance behind.

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    The JG Speedfit Kawasaki team will be at Mallory Park at the weekend for fifth round of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship.

    Following Ricky and Ryan’s success at Snetterton, where they came second in both races, the current British champions will be looking to get their first win of the season. They are currently second in the championship standings behind brothers Tim and Tristan Reeves.

    All-female sidecar team Maria Costello and Kirsty Hauxwell will also be heading to Mallory Park fresh from their appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed which attracted over 150,000 visitors.

    Maria said: “It’s always an honour to be invited to parade up the hill on Lord March’s country estate. It was also a great opportunity for us to showcase our sidecar outfit, but also sidecar motorsport in general, to a massive audience.”

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    With the world's best on track, and a mid-afternoon slot in the schedule, the Snetterton round was always going to be a blockbuster. The huge crowd was not disappointed.
    Tim and Tristan Reeves made no mistake in qualifying, putting their Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki on pole position.
    They were over two seconds ahead of the pack, with the defending champions in second place.

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    Barry James and Jack Tritton,
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    Have you ever fancied a go as passenger in a top flight British Sidecar Championship outfit? Well, if you have, Mallory Park over the weekend of 8/9 July is your chance.

    Join us for Round Five of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship, where on Saturday , one hour at midday has been allocated to charity passenger experiences, or as they are known in the paddock “taxi rides”.

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    Knockhill delivers top-class action as Kershaw returns in style, and the Reeves boys dominate Round Three

     

    Twenty-six outfits on the 1.3 mile Knockhill circuit was a spectacle to behold with just three seconds covering the top ten in qualifying. Tim and Tristan Reeves on the Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki claimed pole at near lap-record speed ahead of Phil Bell/Tony Belsey (Marin Mortorsport Suzuki) and Steve Kershaw/Stuart Clark (Express Tyres/Blinkbonny Quarry Kawasaki).

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    Double 600 winners, Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson

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    Heading north of the border next weekend 16-18th June, the British Sidecar Championship brings what could easily be the largest contingent of sidecars seen in recent years at the 1.27 mile Knockhill circuit.

    Returning to mainland short circuit duty are several intrepid crews who have just battled the rigours of the Isle of Man TT course with no small degree of success.

    Each with a fourth place finish are Alan Founds and Lewis Blackstock. The latter, with his regular passenger Patrick Rosney, earned his silver replica in race two, whilst 600cc Cup leader Alan Founds is reunited with Tom Peters for domestic action having finished fourth in the opening TT with Jake Lowther..
    A race one TT fifth for series leader and multiple world champion Tim Reeves could not be bettered as he retired in race two.

    A stunning double TT victory for Ben and Tom Birchall will be celebrated in Hungary where they are on World Championship duty, along with John Holden who was twice runner-up in the Island.

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    Round Two Oulton Park

    Conditions for qualifying were cold and damp, but the Reeves Brothers banged in five quick laps on the Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki and then sat back. Chris Walker/Ashley Hawes and the Kershaw/Clark pairing ran at the front until the closing stages, when the reigning champions Stevens/Charlwood put the JG Speedfit Kawasaki into second. Amazingly, in fourth place were the Birchall Brothers with a very rapid 600cc Yamaha LCR just one second off the pole position time.

    The Race

    Late in the day, in gloriously sunny conditions the pack charged into Old Hall Corner with the pole men just edging it ahead of Stevens/Charlwood and a tooth and nail scrap between Walker/Hawes and Kershaw/Clark. The Birchall Brothers were less fortunate and did not make the most of their third row start on their Mitchells of Mansfield Yamaha. They were down in around eight place at the end of lap one with it all to do.

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    After a fiercely contested opening round on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in front of a packed grandstand, the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship arrives at historic Oulton Park for the second encounter and an equally enthusiastic Cheshire crowd. These picturesque surroundings have played host to the greatest sidecar racers in the world over many decades, and the May Bank Holiday Weekend promises to uphold that tradition.

    Five times World Champion Tim Reeves, now back with younger brother Tristan, heads the charge as prime challenger for the 2017 crown, and leads the title chase after the opener at Brands Hatch where they landed an emphatic double. British Champions together in 2012, they want it back on their Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki.

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    Round One Brands Hatch Indy Circuit 14-17 April

    A full grid lined up for the season opener, despite the no-shows of Rob Biggs/Ben Ransley through illness, Brian Gray with work commitments, and a contractual issue with Maria Costello's passenger. An immaculate field of predominantly 1000cc outfits and a handful of 600's made a spectacle to behold as qualifying got under way in dry and breezy conditions, with a track temperature of twenty-four degrees.