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    Round One - Oulton Park 4-6 May 2019

    The long wait was over, a record entry assembled, an air of anticipation surrounded the entire paddock, and the much publicised new season was finally under way.
    There could be no more fitting place to kick-start the 2019 championship chase, than the picturesque Oulton Park circuit, scene of many sidecar battles over six decades, with World Champions past and present having tackled the iconic parkland track.
    Free practice provided a taste of things to come, with a string of colour and action all round the 2.7 mile track. The 600cc engines sang a uniform song as the crews familiarised themselves with new machinery, and dialled themselves in ahead of qualifying.
    Although bitterly cold, the sun was out and the track dry for the first free session with a full twenty minutes track time.
    Ben and Tom Birchall set the early pace ahead of John Holden/Lee Cain, but at the close, Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney emerged fastest with their Yamaha. With John Holden second fastest at the flag, it was a Silicone/Barnes Racing double. Times needless to say, were conservative, as this was after all, the opening exploratory session.

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    Round 3 of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British F1 Sidecar Championship was held on the 24-26th June at the Knockhill circuit in Scotland.

    After the disappointment of a blown engine at the previous round at Brands Hatch, MKRacing's driver, Martin Kirk and passenger, Ben Hughes were keen to get some good results and put some more points on the board. A new engine had been given the Keith Whiting treatment and fitted to the outfit.

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    Round 9 of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British F1 Sidecar Championship in association with the Molson Group was held on the 2-4th October at the famous Silverstone GP Circuit. The GP circuit was another new circuit to MkRacing's Martin Kirk and Ben Hughes, after showing at the previous round in Assen, that they could get their heads around new circuits fairly quickly, the team were hoping that they would be able to qualify well.

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    Round 8 of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British F1 Sidecar Championship in association with the Molson Group was held on the 18-20th September at the famous Assen TT Circuit in Holland. Known as the Cathedral of speed, this was MkRacing's Martin Kirk and Ben Hughes' 1st visit to the circuit and after a 7 week break since the last round at Thruxton, the team were keen to get back to action. A number of Dutch and a couple of world championship teams were also on the entry list and with a grid of 31 teams there was going to be some close racing ahead.