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Hyundai Championship stars head for "The Island"

 

The early-season lull in British Superbike and British Sidecar Championship activity is traditional, and leaves a hallowed time-slot open for those intrepid competitors who venture into the true road-race scene.

The recent North-West 200 is open to solo machines only, but it is the Isle of Man TT which captures the imagination of the best sidecar competitors in the country, and many from overseas.

First run in 1923 on the mountain course, the race was won by Freddie Dixon and TW Denney with a Douglas banking outfit at a race speed of 53.15 mph. Compare that with the existing lap record set by Ben and Tom Birchall of 116.798 mph and you can see how much things have developed over the decades. Nonetheless, given the condition of roads at the time, and the primitive technology available, Dixon's effort was truly remarkable.

No fewer than eight crews from the Hyundai British Championship make the trek across the Irish Sea, and included in that number are three previous winners.

Ben and Tom Birchall have four victories and arrive in the Isle of Man as comprehensive leaders of the “new look” World Championship.

John Holden, this year partnered by Lee Cain will be hoping to improve on his brace of wins, and current Hyundai series leader, five times World Champion Tim Reeves with Mark Wilkes, is on a mission this year to win everything in his path. His single TT victory could well be feeling less lonely come June 9th.

The Founds brothers Alan and Pete, partnered by J Lowther and Jevan Walmesly respectively are consistently fast and could well be in the mix. Alan is well aware that the 600cc Cup in the Hyundai Championship is also a priority for him, and will return to attack that target at Knockhill later in June.

TT regulars Greg Lambert/Julie Canipa, and Gordon Shand/Phil Hyde are two more crews capable of claiming honours before returning to domestic activity in Scotland. Dean Nicholls with Kenny Cole has moved to a big engine and long chassis for the British Championship, but will be reunited with the requisite short chassis 600cc power for the TT. Finally, Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Rosney have been fitting in World Championship races this year with great success, so they will be heading for the Island brimming with confidence. The TT runs from May 27th to June 9th, with the two Sure Sidecar TT races on Saturday June 3rd and Friday June 9th.

RKB-F1 Motorsport wishes all competitors a safe and successful 2017 TT campaign.

Media Matters - Barry Nutley - barry.nutley@btinternet.com

 

 

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Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Rosney
Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Rosney

Peter Founds and Jevan Walmesley
Peter Founds and Jevan Walmesley

Ben and Tom Birchall
Ben and Tom Birchall

Tim Reeves
Tim Reeves

Copyright: Photos: JCM Motorsport

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