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    Slovakiaring Welcomes World Sidecars


    It seems like only yesterday since the “FIM World Sidecar Championship” teams kicked off their 2018 season in Le-Mans, but that is all in the past. The teams are heading to a new circuit to them. The 5.922km “Slovakia Ring” will welcome the sidecar teams. Opened in 2009, the fast, mainly right hand corner circuit is a short 35km from the capital Bratislava. As like in Le-Mans the sidecars will be supporting the “FIM, Endurance World Championship”.

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    Portsmouth’s Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki sidecar team made the 500 mile round trip to the iconic Le Mans circuit in Northern France for the first round of the World sidecar Championship. Held on the 2.7 mile Bugatti circuit the team were taking advantage of their new engine size of 600cc which enabled them to compete in the first round where all machines have to be 600cc powered.


    After a mixed weekend at last weekend’s British Championship, Portsmouth driver Ricky Stevens and Dover based passenger Ryan Charlwood wanted to use Le Mans for further valuable track time on their new 600cc Kawasaki powered sidecar. It was also a great chance to compete at the highest level against the numerous World Champions racing there.

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    From Victoria.. 

    Meeting: FIM Sidecar World Championship                                     IMN: 105/02

    Circuit Bugatti, Le Mans 18 April 2018

    NOTICE N°1

    Dear All, 

    As per Art.1.9, the Technical Director on behalf of the International Jury, has changed the time schedule for the technical as follow: 

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    Sidecars are ready to go

    It has been a long winter for all sidecar teams, but the first round of the 2018 FIM Sidecar World Championship is here, and will take place at the world famous 4,185km “Bugatti Circuit” at Le-Mans, France on the 21st April. The World Sidecars will be supporting the famous “24 Houres Motos” for solo motorcycles.
    Overall there will be 7 rounds with ten races, at some of the best circuits in the world.

    Most teams have done, and had successful winter testing. Some have even been competing in national and domestic championships. These teams will be up and raring to get going in the new World Championship season. There will be a lot of new faces competing for the world crown this year, but they will have to try and take the title from the 2017 champions Ben and Tom Birchall.

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    Team Birchall travelled to Andorra last Sunday to attend the 2017 FIM Awards ceremony. The Mitchells of Mansfield supported riders joined the other FIM World Champions at the event held at the Andorra Park Hotel in the Pyrenean Principality.


    The Birchalls, along with team-members James Brindley and Tom Mitchell, rubbed shoulders with 35 fellow FIM World Champions and members from the FIM Team World Championships. Swapping their leathers for dinner jackets, the boys enjoyed an evening to remember relaxing and sharing stories with motorcycling royalty such as Marc Marquez, Toni Cairoli and Jonathan Rea.

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    We have here the full report from the latest round of the FIM Sidecar World Championship, courtesy of Big Wally.

     

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    Mansfield brothers Ben and Tom Birchall have been crowned 2017 World Sidecar champions after winning the first of two races in Croatia. Having won the title in 2009 they took a second win in 2016 and have now got the hat trick with the win this year.

    The Mitchells of Mansfield supported riders dominated the two qualifying sessions setting a fastest time of 1m 33.918s in the first session to take pole position for the short, 10 lap Sprint race on Saturday.

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    Mansfield world sidecar racers Ben and Tom Birchall recorded a fine win in the penultimate round of the FIM World Sidecar championship at Assen in the Netherlands on Sunday to remain unbeaten and move 30 points clear of the opposition with just one round - two races - remaining.

    The Mitchells of Mansfield supported riders dominated free practice and qualifying to claim pole position at the Cathedral of Speed on Saturday to start Sunday’s 17 lap Gold race from the head of the grid.

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    We have here from Wally the full report after Assen Superside.. complete with photos from the Big Man himself.. 

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    With the sun blazing down on the 4,740 km Pannonia Ring circuit could anyone stop the Birchall Brothers getting another win in the 15 lap Gold Race.
    Before the start of the race, there was drama for Peter Kimeswenger and Jens Lehnertz with their “Austria Sidecar Racing-MRSC-Gunskirchen” LCR, Kawaski. After the morning warm up it was all hands on deck. The team had to change their engine, there was not a lot of time for this but the team worked well and they managed this and the team would start the race.

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    With many thanks to Mark Walters, and also the Isle of Man weather giving us a bit of a break in proceedings to catch up, we bring you Mark's full report of qualifying and both races at the second round of the FIM Superside World Championship at Oschersleben a short while back. 

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    “Sidecars head to Germany”

    Round two of the FIM Sidecar World Championship will take place at the 3.667km circuit of Oschersleben, the circuit which is situated in the Borde district of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

    Opened in 1997 as “Motopark Oschersleben” it was then the third permanent racetrack in Germany, the other two being “Nurburgring” and “Hochenheimring”.

    This meeting is earlier in the year than previous years, and again the World Sidecars will be supporting the World Endurance Championship for solo machines.
    There will be lots of track time for the sidecar teams, and with two races over the weekend a lot of championship points can be had.

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    Birchall Brothers Rule in Le-Mans.

    As the lights went out for the first race of the 2017 “FIM Sidecar World Championship”, it was John Holden and Mark Wilkes on their “Barnes/Sillicon Racing” LCR, Kawasaki who got the hole shot into the first complex of corners, this was to be short lived though as Ben and Tom Birchall on their “Birchall Racing” LCR, Yamaha, nipped up the inside of Holden/Wilkes in the first chicane. Right behind the Birchalls was Pekka Paivarinta and Kirsi Kainulainen on their “44-Racing” LCR, Honda. Paivarinta and Kainulainen tried their best to follow the Birchall Brothers past Holden and Wilkes but it was not to happen. It was not till three corners later that Paivarinta and Kainulainen managed to nip pass when Holden/Wilkes left a small space. By this time Bennie Streuer and Kevin Rousseau on their “Team Streuer” LCR, Honda, were right on the tail of Holden/Wilkes.

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    Birchall Brothers on fire!


    Ben and Tom Birchall will start from pole position with a fastest time of 1:44.474, for the 18 lap race that will kick off the 2017 “FIM Sidecar World Championship”.
    Brothers Ben and Tom have been flying since free practice, and their lap times have been getting faster as the weekend has gone on. Their “Birchall Racing” LCR, Yamaha has not missed a beat all weekend. But even as qualifying had finished the team were working on the machine, checking all was okay. Driver, Ben said with a smile on his face. “We will make sure all is well with the bike, and we will see if we can improve our lap time in the race. We are really looking forward to the race tomorrow, and let’s hope all goes well”. They will start from the front row on the outside of the circuit.

     

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    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.

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    Scottish sidecar driver Scott Lawrie is to return back to sidecar racing after taking a break from the sport to build up his business.
    2013 was the last time Scott and his passenger at the time, James Neave, contested the world championship. They were to finish fourth overall in the championship standings. This year Scott will have Ben Hughes in the chair.. 

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    Remše racing team is looking for an experienced passenger for the world championship in 2017.

    Rider will be Janez Remše, for details, please contact the team: CLICK READ MORE for details. 

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    From Victoria, an update to the 2017 Superside Schedule. The round initially set for 24 June has been cancelled. 

    The calendar is now. 

    15 April, Le Mans

    20-21 May, Oschersleben, Germany (2 races)

    17-18 June, Pannonia, Hungary (2 races)

    6th August, Assen, Netherlands

    9-10 September, Rijeka, Croatia. (2 races) 

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    Brian Gray is looking for a passenger to do the RKB British Sidecar Championship (on his F1) and possibly some World Superside Rounds as well. 

    If you're up for a good run round and a very enjoyable race season Gray Brian is your man.. click read more for contact details. 

  • F.I.M. Provisional Sidecar Calendar 2017

    15 April France Le Mans
    20-21 May Germany Oschersleben (2 Races)
    17-18 June Hungary Pannonia Ring (2 Races)
    24 June To be announced Europe
    06 August The Netherlands Assen
    09-10 September Croatia Grobnik-Rijeka (2 Races)