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Rapid Snetterton 300 to showcase the Round Four as title battle heats up

 

With the series almost at the half-way stage, Snetterton in Norfolk is the venue for the fourth round of the Hyundai heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship over the weekend of 30 June - 1 July.

Defending Champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood had mixed fortunes at the previous round in Scotland on the JG Speedfit Cool Kawasaki and now sit third in the title chase.

Tim and Tristan Reeves (Carl Cox Motorsport Kawasaki) have been dominant in the six races so far, lifting maximum points. Chasing them down in runner-up spot is the Scottish duo of Steve Kershaw/Stuart Clark (Express Tyres/Blinkbonny Kawasaki). Kershaw has been nothing short of sensational, and seems to be growing in confidence by the week.

Chris Walker/Ashley Hawes are finding that extra speed, and have been at the sharp end all season. A DNF at Oulton cost them dear, but they are in the hunt on the Santander Salt Kawasaki in fourth, ahead of the Portsmouth based Ben Holland/Stuart Ramsay (Hannafin Kawasaki). Still looking for a visit to the podium this year, Ben Holland goes well at Snetterton, so expect big points from him.

First of the Suzuki's is ridden by Phil Bell/Tony Belsey (Marin Motorsport Suzuki), The machine is ex-Sean Hegarty, and is quick off the mark. They run hard at the front, and that is reflected in their sixth place in the standings ahead of Walker's Santander Salt team- mate Gary Bryan and Ben McBride.

The 600cc Cup competition has been a revelation this year. Whilst Ben and Tom Birchall entered the season as hot favourites, absence with World title clashes has restricted their scoring potential. They arrive in Snetterton in sixth place with the solitary ten points gleaned from Oulton Park. They will have a hard job pulling that deficit back, because there are new kids on the block in the 600 class.

Alan Founds and Tom Peters have got the Brian Gray Powerbiking Yamaha going well, and they have been “top dog's” when the Birchalls weren't around. That is until Knockhill, when Todd Ellis partnered with Chaz Richardson made his debut on the GBM Santander Salt Yamaha R6. From three rides, they emerged with two victories and a third place, catapulting them to third in the table behind Founds and the leading Christie Brothers Sam and Adam.

Only ten points separate these three crews, so there will be serious action with the Birchall boys spoiling the party as they strive to get back on terms.

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

 

 

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Greg Lambert and Julie Canipa
Greg Lambert and Julie Canipa


Matt MacLaurin and Adrian Hope
Matt MacLaurin and Adrian Hope


Gary Bryan and Ben McBride
Gary Bryan and Ben McBride


Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson
Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson


Barry Smith and Tracey Bryan
Barry Smith and Tracey Bryan


Dave Wallis and Scott Hardie
Dave Wallis and Scott Hardie

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