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    Returning to the scene of quadruple victories earlier in the season, the Santander Salt/Express Tyres Kawasaki duo of Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark are agonisingly close to their first ever British Championship title.
    With fourteen victories from the seventeen races run so far, their track record is impressive.
    Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire is the scene for round eight next weekend (17-19 August), and is also the scene of a spate of incidents earlier in the year which decimated the field. Several of those crews affected in those crashes have yet to regain financial or physical fitness.
    Needing just thirty-two points to become the first Scottish rider to wrap up the title since Jock Taylor, Kershaw will be full of anticipation ahead of Cadwell. Anywhere on the podium in both races will suffice, and that has to be their game plan.

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    Portsmouth’s Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki sidecar team made the 460 mile round trip to Oulton Park in Cheshire for round two of the British Sidecar Championship. Since the first round at Brands Hatch three weeks ago driver Ricky Stevens from Portsmouth and Dover based passenger Ryan Charlwood have had a busy couple of weeks having raced at the first round of the World sidecar Championship at the iconic Le Mans circuit in France, where they had a superb fifth place finish on a circuit they had never raced at before.

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    Gary Horspole with passenger Jimmy Connell rode to a strong sixth place (fourth in his class) in round two of the Hyundai Construction Equipment British F1 Sidecar championship on Monday.

    The Sleaford rider along with his Scottish passenger was consistent throughout free practice and qualifying and began the race from a third row grid position. The pair got away to a good start on the LCR Kawasaki outfit and were fifth on the first lap but were pushed back a place to sixth on lap two and remained in that position to lap nine when the race was red flagged.

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    Glorious weather blessed the paddock for the entire weekend in Cheshire.


    Due to clashes with the FIM World Championship, and a British F2 round at Mallory Park, the grid was significantly lower than normal. Notable non-starters were Ben and Tom Birchall and John Holden Lee Cain as they headed for the Slovakiaring.
    Brands Hatch winners Peter Founds/Jevan Walmesly opted to defend their F2 title, so were another high-profile crew missing from the line-up.
    Those crews who did make the journey for the one and only race, were rewarded with great racing and a chunky share of the available points.

    Free practice was a good indicator of how things might pan out with the big bikes versus the 600's. One or two 600 crews were trying out the short chassis version ahead of the Isle of Man TT.

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    A dramatic opening round at Brands Hatch two weeks ago saw Scots Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark leave Kent leading the British Sidecar Championship for the first time in their career.
    Their 1000cc Santander Salt Kawasaki was freshly rebuilt after a crash testing in France, and they were still sorting the geometry.
    That however, did not stop them following the Birchall Brothers home in race one, and claiming third behind the Founds brothers Peter and Alan in a wet second outing.
    At Oulton Park for round two, there will be plenty of crews lining up for revenge, so Kershaw and Clark will have their hands full.

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    A grey dull day welcomed free practice, but things were better for qualifying. The main interest lay in the different capacity performance on the short Indy circuit.

    Could the 1000cc bikes use the power, or would the more nimble 600's out-corner them?

    The free session saw Kershaw and Clark nudge the Birchall brothers back, with John Holden/Lee Cain third on their 600, from Stevens/Charlwood similarly mounted.

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    The ever-popular annual “Carlostrainingslager” test session at the picturesque Val de Vienne circuit in France last week, proved to be invaluable for all teams making the journey.
    A mixture of British Championship teams, Grand Prix teams and various different national class crews totalling some sixty or more outfits enrolled for the week.
    With the opening British round the second weekend of April, and the first World round at Le Man the following weekend, there were many new aspects to test and bed in.

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    In an agreement reached in recent days, Motorsport TV will take all rounds of the 2018 championship for its linear TV platform across Europe.
    The thirty-minute highlight shows will embrace the best of the action from both races each weekend, with podium interviews and interesting features.

    In the UK, Motorsport TV can be accessed on Freesat channel 253, on SKY channel 447 and Virgin Media channel 545.
    This is in addition to the Frontrunner channel, which began showing the series last season.
    Frontrunner too is on Freesat channel 250 and SKY channel 469.

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    The planning process for the Cadwell Park Sidecar Revival to take place 23/24 June 2018 is gathering momentum, and RKB-F1 Motorsport is delighted to reveal the exciting classes and format for the event.

    A thrilling combination of modern-day action, and pure nostalgia will make for a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the great and good from yesteryear, alongside the sleek torpedo which is the racing sidecar outfit of today. 

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    The traditional RKB-F1 awards presentation evening took place at the Bentley Hotel, South Hykeham, near Lincoln last Saturday evening, and a packed function room celebrated the efforts of the 2017 season contestants.
    As reported throughout the year, there was plenty of drama in what had truly been a stellar year for many of the crews.
    Highlights of this action were captured in a short video and music piece, shown immediately prior to the presentation itself.

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    Greetings all,


    Here's the Registration Form for next season's British Sidecar Championship at BSB 

    NOTE: This is not the Series Entry Form - all of you who Register by the end of January will then get sent that in February.


    The Technical Regulations should follow within the next 10 days.

    The key change all 600 riders should be aware of is that in 2018 you will score points for the Main Championship for the first time as well as for the 600 Cup in each race.


    Those of you who wish to renew your ACU Licences - once you return the Registration - we will issue by email your ACU unique codes so you can do that online at the ACU site or by adding the code to the back of your 2018 ACU Licence Form.

    Happy for you to print, fill-in, scan and email back to me - or post back.

    Happy Christmas all and have a Great New Year.

    On behalf of RKB Motorsport:
    Mike Dommett
    CEO - The British Motorcycle Racing Club
    Office: 01708 720305
    Mob: 07970 963572

     

     

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    Ten Rounds, a brand-new Sidecar Revival event and increased opportunities for 600's in 2018.

     

    At a meeting last week, the organisational team headed by Roger Body arrived at the final framework for the championship going into the 2018 season.   

    A ten round championship is planned, nine of which will again be alongside the British Superbike Championship, with a tenth round to be stand-alone at the famous Cadwell Park circuit over the weekend of 23/24th June.

     

    This event will be known as “The Sidecar Revival” with a full programme featuring Sidecar Grand Prix Legends, sidecar classics, F2 outfits and a line-up of interesting solos.

    The chance to see the likes of Steve Webster, Steve Abbott, Rolf Biland and Alain Michel back on track will indeed be one to relish.

    The event will contain three Hyundai Heavy Industries Championship races.

     

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    Roger Body and the entire team at RKB-F1 Motorsport wish to send heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Barry, who was taken from us in the most cruel and innocuous of circumstances earlier this week.

     

     

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    Always with an eye to the future, Roger Body and his RKB-F1 organisational team are working hard to ensure that Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship continues to evolve and grow.
    The thinking has always been to have the FIM World Championship, and the leading National Championships, of which the British is without doubt the strongest, to be aligned with similar, if not identical rules and operational format.

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    The culmination of the 2017 season was every bit as exciting as it might have been. A record entry of almost forty outfits, subject to one or two late cancellations, would guarantee a packed grid for both races, with world class former champions mixing it with young hopefuls and established championship regulars.

     

    Tim and Tristan Reeves came to Brands seeking an unblemished clean sweep of all twenty races over the season, whilst newly crowned world champions Ben and Tom Birchall were within touching distance of the British 600cc Cup Crown, to add their FIM Gold Medal.

     

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    World Champions spice up Assen action, as Stevens/Charlwood crash out

    No fewer than thirty-four crews entered for the penultimate round in Holland, headed by three former, and one current pair of World Champions.
    It was no surprise therefore, that qualifying was dominated by three of those aforementioned, with newly crowned Tim and Tristan Reeves leading the way on the Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki.

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    Reigning World Champion Sidecar racers Ben and Tom Birchall travelled to Assen in the Netherlands for the penultimate round of the British 600cc Cup that takes place within the British F1 Sidecar Championship. The Mansfield brothers recorded a double win at Assen in their class and remain in second place in the cup but with double points on offer in the final two races at Brands Hatch there is a slim chance they could win the title.

    The weather played its part in qualifying and both races at Assen but the Mitchells of Mansfield supported team took it all in their stride to qualify in third place overall in the dry and went on to contest the first race on a very wet and slippery circuit on Saturday.

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    Where has 2017 gone you might ask, as the tenth and final round of the series heads back to Brands Hatch next weekend 13-15 October, where it all began seven months ago.

    In that time, we have witnessed a new level of dominance by Tim and Tristan Reeves in the major capacity class, the determined return of the popular Scots Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clarke, the change in fortunes of the former double champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood, and the emergence of new talent in the 600cc Cup class.

    One thing is for sure, the racing has been good and not without incident, with the 600's adding extra spice.

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    Apologies all for the delay getting this posted up on the site.. from Barry Nutley and John Mushet the report from Cadwell Park Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecars with BSB.. 

    Huge congratulations from me (SE) to Tim and Tris Reeves, deserved champions for 2017 with a continuing clean sweep in the 1000cc class.

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    Tim and Tristan Reeves maintained their 100% winning streak in the 2017 Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship at Thruxton at the weekend with another double victory on the Carl Cox Motorsport/Team E-Aide Motorsport Kawasaki. With 14 wins from 14 races, their championship lead has now extended to a massive 137 points.
     
    Having topped the timesheets in free practice by half a second, the Kent brothers duly took pole position on Friday afternoon with a time over a second quicker than nearest rivals Chris Walker/Ashley Hawes although the wet conditions meant they were unable to get closer to their time set earlier in the day.