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Kershaw and Clark take lap record form to Brands Hatch

 

The Hyundai Construction Equipment British Sidecar Championship moves into the second half of the season, as Brands Hatch welcomes round six of ten on the Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend of 20-22 July.

Life has been fairly straightforward for the Molson/Santander Salt crews of Steve Kershaw/Stuart Clark, and Todd Ellis/Charlie Richardson. They sit first and second in the table, having run pretty much nose to tail at most of the previous rounds.

In Scotland, Kershaw took his tally of victories to ten, surpassed the existing lap record held by Tim and Tristan Reeves on the way, with every chance of doing the same at Brands.

Former double champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood have now adjusted to the new 600cc Quattro Plant/JG Speedfit Kawasaki, and scored good points at Knockhill last time out, although a mechanical problem kept them out of the final race.

This is the last year in which we will see 1000cc F1 outfits go head-to-head with 600's as the class moves totally to 600 power for 2019 and beyond. The announcement that the series will now become an integral part of the British Superbike event structure, has also provoked interest and discussion.

Two rounds ago at Brand's sister circuit Cadwell Park, a series of crashes inflicted physical damage to several crews. Some key teams in the series are still recovering, but every attempt will be made to make the grid at Brands.

With Isle of Man TT action well and truly behind us, expect to see a return to the series of the Birchall Brothers on the Mitchells of Mansfield 600 Yamaha, along with John Holden and Lee Cain (Barnes Racing/Silicone Engineering Kawasaki). Both these crews have been on the FIM World Championship trail, so a domestic race will give them a welcome chance to improve their lowly points position.

Also down to make a return are former Champions Roger Lovelock and Rick Lawrence. They are still campaigning the BMW on which they were spectacularly torpedoed at Druids bend early in the season.

Deep in the mix also will be Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde, Gary Horspole/James Connell and Andy Peach/Ken Edwards. Peach has had a mixed season so far on the 600, but has recovered much of the speed for which he is well known.

Kent is home ground for many of the teams, with Brands being a popular circuit. Add to that a sprinkling of wild cards, some from overseas, and racing is going to be busy and entertaining.

The 600's will certainly have the measure of the big engines in the twisty bits, but as we've seen so many times this season, on the long straights, size does matter.

We have two races on the programme, with the Sunday race in the live Eurosport TV slot. The usual highlights show for Motorsport TV follows, with all updates and news items posted on www.rkb-f1-sidecars.com

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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