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Three Thruxton races await Kershaw and Clark and the chasing pack

 

Round seven of the Hyundai Construction Equipment finds itself at Thruxton in Hampshire next weekend 3-5th August. It's the fastest circuit on the calendar and a pair of Scots lead the points table. Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark are on target to emulate the achievements of their fellow countryman, the late but legendary Jock Taylor, in becoming British Sidecar Champions.

The Molson/Santander Salt Kawasaki has behaved flawlessly all season, and with a string of twelve consecutive victories, it is hard to see them slipping up here. In a class where 1000cc bikes race against their 600cc brothers, the big bikes will have a definite advantage.

Thruxton is known as a power circuit, so expect to see a contrast of styles, in terms of corner speed, and particularly in the braking zone approaching the chicane.

The Birchall Brothers, Ben and Tom have a very rapid 600 Yamaha on which they won the World Championship in 2017. It is bound to be a thorn in the side of the big bikes, so keep an eye on the eight times TT winners from Mansfield. They were very fast in Kent last time out, and have nothing more to prove, except scoring good points.

There was a welcome return to action last time out at Brands Hatch for Marlborough's Roger Lovelock partnered by Rick Lawrence from Basingstoke. Their big BMW is in fine fettle, and as former champions, they are known Thruxton exponents. Last time out at Brands, Lovelock and Lawrence recorded two strong finishes, so they will be charging.

More local talent comes in the form of Portsmouth's Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood on the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki, and a returning Ben Holland/Lee Watson. The latter crew have taken a sabbatical this year to establish Holland's new business venture, but hope to do a full season again in 2019 when the new 600cc maximum rules kick in.

In only their second year, runners-up in the standings and team-mates to the leaders, Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson have been astonishingly fast on their 600cc Santander Salt Honda. They gave the Birchall Brothers a run for their money at Brands, and will be keen to impress on this challenging track.

Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde sit third in the standings, and have delivered their best season yet on the GBR Kawasaki, backing up a strong TT performance.

They sit third in the table ahead of the aforementioned Stevens and Charlwood, with Gary Horspole and James Connell on the Baker Plant/Sleaford Quality Foods Kawasaki having their best season yet in fifth.

There are two races on Saturday, and one on Sunday right in the middle of the live Eurosport TV slot. The usual large enthusiastic Thruxton crowd will also be lining the natural grandstand along the start straight.

Be sure to make your way into the sidecar paddock and chat to the teams. Even with three races on the programme, you will be given a warm welcome.

 

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

 

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Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood, Havant, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki
Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood, Havant, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki


Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde
Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde


Phil Bell and Stuart Ramsay
Phil Bell and Stuart Ramsay


Race action
Race Action



 

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