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Round Three - Cadwell Park 22-23 June 2019

Ellis and Richardson dominate in Lincolnshire to take series lead with World Champions watching

 

The second running of the Massingberd Mundy Sidecar Revival was a huge success, with sidecar race fans flocking from far and wide to Cadwell Park for round three of the championship.

The series regulars shared the programme with classic outfits from the fifties and sixties, as well as demonstration laps by former and current day world champions on their legendary two-stroke Grand Prix outfits. The sight, sound and smell of these intricate four-cylinder missiles was nostalgic, evocative and memorable.

The weather was kind, the atmosphere excellent and the racing more than lived up to expectations. Qualifying saw the series leaders Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark head the grid, from team-mates Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson, and the Barnes Racing/Silicone Engineering pairings of John Holden/Lee Cain and Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney.

Race One – Kershaw and Clark got a flier from the lights, and looked totally in control on lap one, with Ellis/Richardson firmly in tow.

Behind, Blackstock/Rosney and Holden/Cain were also locked in a family battle, with John Holden eventually getting the verdict.

The pace at the front was fierce, and Ellis moved past to lead the reigning champions, who tried lap after lap to find a way back past the young Cadwell specialist. As they approached tail-enders, Ellis made the move past, and Kershaw, keen to do the same, went off-line at Hall Bends, and piled into the air-fence.

They were not hurt, but the bike was bent, so they were out. This left the field clear for Ellis and Richardson to take an easy victory with the Santander Salt Honda.

Behind them, Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde and Chris Walker/Tom Christie were both making progress, with Ben Holland/Lee Watson and Andy Peach/Ken Edwards also in the hunt.

Sadly, Ben Holland's fairing came loose on the JG Speedfit/Quattro Plant Kawasaki, and dropped onto the wheel. They were therefore another crew out of the running.

John Holden and Lee Cain got the better of their team-mates, and raced to a brilliant podium spot. Walker and Christie were then sitting fourth, but in the closing laps dropped to sixth place and ten points.

Race One Result – 1/ Ellis/Richardson (Santander Salt Honda), 2/ Holden/Cain (SBR Kawasaki), 3/ Blackstock/Rosney (SBR Yamaha), 4/ Bryan/Hyde (CVR/GBM Honda), 5/ Biggs/Schmitz (Taurus Tools Honda), 6/ Walker/Christie (Santander Salt/TAG Racing Yamaha) 7/ Peach/Edwards (Lifesafety Yamaha), 8/ Kirk/Smithies (MK Racing Yamaha).

Race Two – The grid was based on race one result, so Ellis/Richardson began where they left off and shot into a lead they were never to relinquish.

Behind them, the Barnes/Silicone crews of Blackstock/Rosney and Holden Cain were once more at each other. Just as before, the TT veteran Holden wound in his younger team-mate and surged past for another fine second place.

Meanwhile, Kershaw/Clark were fighting through from twentieth on the grid, before they retired with brake problems on lap six, when up to fifth place. This weekend was not going to plan for the champions.

Rob Biggs and Jerome Schmitz were having a really good ride on their Taurus Tools Honda, and followed Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde home for a fifth place which would move them third in the title standings, for now at least.

Sixth place came from a sterling performance by Martin Kirk and Shellie Smithies with their MK Racing Yamaha. This on a track where they crashed so heavily last year, with Shellie sustaining serious pelvic injuries.

Ben Holland and Lee Watson once again retired the JG Speedfit/Quattro Plant Kawasaki with coolant problems, and a repeat of the loose fairing.

Chris Walker sadly had ended his efforts for the day, so was looking forward to Knockhill and round four to improve his position.

Race Two Results – 1/ Ellis/Richardson, 2/ Holden/Cain, 3/ Blackstock/Rosney, 4/ Bryan/Hyde, 5/ Biggs/Schmitz, 6/ Kirk/Smithies, 7/ Founds/Lowther, 8/ Peach/Edwards

Race Three – Once more Kershaw and Clark were at the back of the grid, and once more Todd Ellis and Chaz Richardson shot into a lead which would prove insurmountable for anyone else to conquer.

Ben Holland and Lee Watson had similar challenges to Kershaw, and both crews set about hauling their way through the pack over the fourteen laps.

Holden/Cain and Blackstock/Rosney resumed their private battle, with John Holden once again triumphing for a hat-trick of second places. This would project him and Lee Cain into sixth place in the standings, whilst Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney were destined to leave Cadwell Park in third place, just one point ahead of Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde. The CVR/GBM Honda pairing were not far off the podium in every race.

Blackstock and Rosney have returned to the British Championship bringing all the experience from a year on the World Championship trail, and it showed. They surely must now stick with this success story here at home.

Meanwhile, the progress by Kershaw/Clark through the field was meteoric, and they set fastest lap in doing so.

The traffic was a real handicap in the early stages, and fourth place was as high as they could climb in fourteen laps before the flag came out. They were at least able to salvage some points from an otherwise disastrous weekend, leaving them fifty-one points adrift of their young team- mates going to Knockhill.

Holland and Watson made it through to eighth, so they were not empty-handed either heading for Scotland.

Rob Biggs and Jerome Schmitz had another solid ride, and whilst now fifth in the standings, are only two points off third place. Similarly, John Holden and Lee Cain are sniffing their leathers, just two points further back. This is all to play for, and we are only three rounds into the new season.

Worthy of mention is the gallant effort by Alan Founds and Jake Lowther, who took their short chassis Cloud Vapours Yamaha to three consistent scores, moving them twelfth in the table.

Round Three Results – 1/ Ellis/Richardson, 2/ Holden/Cain, 3/ Blackstock/Rosney, 4/ Kershaw/Clark, 5/ Bryan/Hyde, 6/ Biggs/Schmitz, 7/ Founds/Lowther, 8/ Holland/Watson.

Standings – Ellis/Richardson 129, Kershaw/Clark 78, Blackstock/Rosney 64, Bryan/Hyde 63, Biggs/Schmitz 62, Holden/Cain 60, Peach/Edwards 47, Gray/Pitt 43, Christie/Christie 42, Holland/Watson 37, Cable/Masters/Lawrence 33, Founds/Lowther 31.

Round Four with three races comes from Knockhill in Scotland next weekend.

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

 

BSB / British Sidecar Championship Partners


Race one action
Race one action

Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson
Race one winners: Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson

Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson
Race one podium: (l to r) John Holden and Lee Cain, (Silicone Engineering / Barnes Racing), Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson, Santander Salt, Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, Silicone Engineering/Barnes Racing Team

Race two action
Race two action

Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, SBR - Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Team Ramsden Racing (3rd)
Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, SBR - Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Team Ramsden Racing (3rd)

(l to r) John Holden and Lee Cain, SBR (Silicone Engineering / Barnes Racing) (2nd), Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson, Santander Salt (winners). Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, SBR - Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Team Ramsden Racing (3rd|
3rd place Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, Rishton, SBR - Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Team Ramsden Racing lead on the opening lap)

Race three opening lap: 3rd place Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, SBR - Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Team Ramsden Racing lead on the opening lap)
Race three opening lap: 3rd place Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, SBR - Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Team Ramsden Racing lead on the opening lap)

2nd place John Holden and Lee Cain, SBR (Silicone Engineering / Barnes Racing) lead Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, SBR - Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Team Ramsden Racing (3rd)
Race three: 2nd place John Holden and Lee Cain, SBR (Silicone Engineering / Barnes Racing) lead Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, SBR - Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Team Ramsden Racing (3rd)

Race Winners Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson, Market Rasen, Santander Salt (6) Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, Rishton, SBR - Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Team Ramsden Racing (3rd) and John Holden and Lee Cain, Blackburn, SBR (Silicone Engineering / Barnes Racing) (back)
Race three: Race Winners Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson, Santander Salt (6) Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, SBR - Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Team Ramsden Racing (3rd) and John Holden and Lee Cain, Blackburn, SBR (Silicone Engineering / Barnes Racing) (back)

 


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