RKB-F1 Sidecar initiatives to end after 2022 season

RKB-F1 Sidecar initiatives to end after 2022 season

RKB-F1 Sidecar initiatives to end after 2022 season

Race action from Cadwell Park Revival

After twelve years of organisation of the British F1 Sidecar Championship (ten of those alongside the prestigious British Superbike series) and more recently, a five-year deal to organise and promote the FIM Sidecar World Championship, the RKB-F1 organisation is calling it a day.

From a sport languishing in the doldrums ten years ago, with a poor image, low grid attendances, shabby paddocks and no recognition or commercial value, under Roger Body’s stewardship and significant investment, sidecar racing has achieved unprecedented exposure and profile.

The vision was always to raise the sport back to a level which justified placing it on big stages and re-establishing it as an attractive product for sponsors and organisers alike.

From little more than a club sport, it became a major part of a Superbike race weekend, with live television, extensive web and media coverage and a vibrant and stylish paddock scene. The time and investment over the period to get the sport to that level cannot be underestimated.

Sadly, the perfect storm of Brexit, the global pandemic, and more recently the Ukraine war have all contributed to a downturn in entries for both series, and rising costs at just about every turn. The result of these and other factors is that once again grids are dwindling, and good teams who should be racing in one or both championships, are not able to. For a minority and niche sport (for that is what sidecar racing is) to succeed and grow, everyone needs to buy into the dream and support any programme designed to deliver the ideal.

The bottom line is, that however tough the decision, for the reasons listed above and more, enough is enough and at the end of 2022, Roger Body will cease his activities under the RKB-F1 banner and close the shop. The implications of that decision will become apparent if, and when, a new season gets underway. Meanwhile, there is the remainder of the 2022 season to deliver, and as a man of his word and more, Roger and his team will deliver it.

RKB-F1 would like to thank all the fans, the teams, the sponsors, and organisations who have shared his vision and supported the initiative over the years. We would also like to extend sincere thanks to Stuart Higgs and his MSVR organisation for having faith in what we were intent on achieving and providing us with the platform to realise the ambition.

Photo credits: Jenny “Triker” Wells

RKB-F1 Sidecar Racing Announcement

RKB-F1 Sidecar Racing Announcement

After much consideration (and the onset of old age) I have decided to hang up my boots at the end of the year.

We have had a good run from the conception in 2010 with Thundersport right through to 2022 with BSB.

My thanks go out to all those people who have helped over the years to put the show on the road. In particular, Mike Dommett and his BEMSEE team, Barry Nutley, Glenn Walsh, Darren Philpott, Gary Bryan, Jane Haselden and Stuart Higgs at MSV and all of his team.

I will also be disbanding our team (Santander Salt) and again many thanks go out to all theriders we have had at the team and the team helpers. We will obviously be finishing the year, and look forward to the continued success of Todd Ellis and Emmanuelle Clement with back up from Rob Biggs team. We also have an interest with Jack Nixon in the FHO Team, again we will continue to support him.

I know there are many people in the wings looking to continue and improve on the series and I wish them every success in the future.

Roger Body

British F1: Double top for Ellis/Clement as Blackstock and Rosney falter

British F1: Double top for Ellis/Clement as Blackstock and Rosney falter

British F1: Double top for Ellis/Clement as Blackstock and Rosney falter

Blackstock/Rosney

An eclectic mix of competitors made for a very interesting grid at Brands Hatch for the third round. From World and British Championship regulars and series leaders for both series, to new names and wild cards testing the water for the first time, the weekend was always going to have an unknown flavour. Certain predictions were inevitable, but equally there were surprises along the way.

For the first time ever, the Santander Salt team featured two lady passengers, as Sarah Stokoe joined Rob Biggs alongside Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement. Sarah is well known in the sidecar world, partly as George Holden’s partner, but also for her exploits alongside multiple TT winner Rob Fisher in classic racing.

A newcomer to the series was Bemsee Championship runner Luke Williams with Jason Pitt alongside, running very well inside the top ten in free practice.

The feeder system in identifying new talent at club level has once again provided strong candidates for the higher order. Williams, at thirty years of age, already has over twenty years of kart and motor racing experience behind him. He follows his father into the world of three wheels. Bemsee F1 series leader Gordon Pottinger/David Dodd were another crew to step up and try their hand at a new level.

Qualifying

Just as the session got underway, rain started falling, catching out a couple of outfits on the opening lap. Gordon Pottinger collected a spinning Craig Clarke, with Pottinger’s passenger David Dodd suffering concussion and an overnight hospital stay for observation. All teams came back to pit-lane or the paddock to change tyres causing a further delay to proceedings. The resumption of qualifying left ten minutes on the clock, with Rupert Archer/Phil Hyde setting the early standard. Ellis/Clement got stuck in and shot to the head of the times, with a respectable 1.47.348 given the conditions.

Rupert Archer and Phil Hyde

Blackstock and Rosney then took control at the front, with Kershaw/Charlwood rushing to change tyres in pit lane, vainly trying to get one lap in. A red flag brought it to a close, with Kershaw unable to complete his lap. He would now start from the back of the grid. Conditions were against them
today, but not so the series leaders. Blackstock and Rosney would start from pole position, ahead of Ellis/Clement and the Christie brothers from George Holden on row two.

Race One

The blue sky was back for Saturday morning with warm-up scheduled for midday and race one late afternoon. It was to be hoped the weather would hold and the prognosis was good. It was indeed hot stuff when the lights went out and the pack streamed into Paddock Hill Bend. Blackstock and Rosney got the initial drop, but Ellis/Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha) dived up the inside and took control. They were never to look back, breaking the lap record in the process of building an eight second lead over the twelve laps. Behind them, Sam and Tom Christie (CES Yamaha) fought tooth and nail with Blackstock/Rosney before the Express Tyres Services Yamaha pair pulled a gap. By the end of lap one Rob Biggs/Sarah Stokoe were out after an incident at Stirlings. Further down the order, Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood had a problem from the start and ran wide at Paddock Hill Bend, so their race was over too. There appeared to be an electrical fault on the Quattro Yamaha which remained undiagnosed late into the evening. The rate of attrition in the early laps was high, accounting for three teams in the early stages. As Ellis/Clement marched on at the front, the Christies had a good scrap with Blackstock/Rosney until the red “ninety-five” bike let go and was also out with a blown engine. This allowed George Holden/Oscar Lawrence to grab their third consecutive podium spot, and a delighted Luke Williams/Jason Pitt moved into fourth in their debut Championship race.

Simon Robinson/Mick Fairhurst, Rupert Archer/Phil Hyde and Martin Kirk/Kyle Masters all scrapped throughout, with Robinson claiming fifth. Kevin Cable/Chaz Richardson had a solid ride to eighth in their first appearance in this title chase this year ahead of an entertaining battle between the Haz Beans Yamaha of Craig Hauxwell/Derek Taylor and Craig Clarke/Peter Ensor. Shawn and Anthony Hildidge claimed the final points in ninth.

Total retirements included Peach/Edwards with another mysterious electrical fault, Biggs/Stokoe, Blackstock/Rosney and Kershaw/Charlwood.

Result

1/Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha)
2/Sam Christie/Tom Christie (CES Yamaha)
3/George Holden/Oscar Lawrence (Holden Racing Kawasaki)
4/Luke Williams/Jason Pitt (WSRT Yamaha)
5/Simon Robinson/Mick Fairhurst (24 Seven Courier Service Yamaha)
6/Rupert Archer/Phil Hyde (Hannifin RS Yamaha)
7/Martin Kirk/Kyle Masters (MK Racing Yamaha)
8/Kevin Cable/Charlie Richardson (L&W Contractors Yamaha)
9/Craig Clarke/Peter Ensor (Centurion Packaging Honda)
10/Craig Hauxwell/Derek Taylor (Haz Beans Yamaha)
11/Shawn/Anthony Hildidge (H&K Racing Yamaha)

Race Two

Warm-up set the scene on another beautifully sunny day, with the race scheduled late morning. Rob Biggs had drafted in Adam Christie alongside, so needed to get his three laps in. Kershaw’s problem appeared sorted he ran third fastest to Ellis but would start from the back of the grid. The Christie brothers were on top of warm-up times. A reverse grid once again was entertaining with Hauxwell/Taylor on pole, and three of the top four crews right at the back.

Christie / Christie

From the lights, the two front row crews Hauxwell and Clarke were under pressure, first from Kevin Cable/Chaz Richardson, and then by Sam/Tom Christie. The Christie boys had started alongside Todd Ellis but made a better job of hitting the front. This they did on lap one, and immediately pulled a three second lead over the pack. Ellis/Clement conversely, were almost on the grass into turn one from the lights, and then had a fight to get past Holden/Lawrence. By lap two they had made it through, but Sam and Tom Christie were flying, holding the lead for four laps. Wild card and new kid on the block Luke Williams with Jason Pitt in the hot seat was fourth on lap one behind Holden/Lawrence but quickly fell victim to the charging Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood, who earlier had claimed the scalp of Blackstock/Rosney. The series leaders coming to Brands were not having the best of days by their high standards. Deep into what was a fantastic race, Ellis/Clement were away with it, not quite bettering their new lap record set earlier, but still faster than the 2021 time set by Ben and Tom Birchall.

Further down, a great ride by Martin Kirk/Kyle Masters saw them move from eighth to fifth at the flag in Kirk’s first ride for well over a year. Simon Robinson headed Rupert Archer, from Kevin Cable and the original front row occupants Hauxwell and Clarke. Ellis’s winning margin at the flag was three seconds over Kershaw/Charlwood who were just happy to know their mysterious gremlins had gone away. Third place for the Christies moved them further ahead in the tile chase. Rob Biggs and Adam Christie had an issue which put them into the pits, but they re-joined to finish in twelfth place behind Shawn/Anthony Hildidge.

Result

1/Ellis/Clement
2/Kershaw/Charlwood
3/Christie/Christie
4/Blackstock/Rosney
5/Kirk/Masters
6/Robinson/Fairhurst
7/Archer/Hyde
8/Cable/Richardson
9/Hauxwell/Taylor
10/ Clarke/Ensor
11/Hildidge/Hildidge
12/Biggs/Christie
DNF – Holden/Lawrence lap 9
Williams/Pitt lap 8

Standings

Christie 108
Blackstock 103
Ellis 100
Holden 61
Robinson 45
Archer 41
Hauxwell 40
Kirby 35
Peach 34
J Holden 22
Kirk 21
Kershaw 20
Cable 17
Biggs 14

The next round comes from the Cadwell Sidecar Revival August 6-8.

FIM Sidecars – Ellis and Kershaw take one each in Donington showcase event

FIM Sidecars – Ellis and Kershaw take one each in Donington showcase event

FIM Sidecars – Ellis and Kershaw take one each in Donington showcase event

Racing at Donington Park

The huge crowd at the Donington Park World SBK round witnessed stunning action from the Superside teams on one of the hottest weekends of the year.

Twelve crews had firm entries for this crucial Donington event, but UK Border Control officials eliminated French father and son team Ted and Vincent Peugeot before they even left France. Young Ted was prohibited from travelling due to his passport not having enough “safety margin”, in that it expired a matter of weeks from his due travel date. Once again, post Brexit legislation dealt a blow to sport, and to a particularly talented but cash-strapped crew.
We were then left with eleven hungry teams including the sole remaining French crew, former National Champion Pierre Leguen and young passenger Leopold Rouby.

Two Swiss and one Dutch team, along with no fewer than seven British teams completed the line-up. Looking at the list, and based on previous showings, we could expect a battle royal between series leaders Ellis/Clement, defending champions Schlosser/Fries, rapidly improving Kershaw/Charlwood, former champions Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch and Payne/Wilkes.

Santander Salt’s Rob Biggs/Jake Lowther could well find themselves mixing it with Sam and Tom Christie, and Kevin Cable/Charlie Richardson. Leguen/Rouby and Rupert Archer/Steve Thomas could also be well in touch. Cable had contested every round thus far in the series with noticeable benefits to his form. They arrived at Donington in the top ten of the standings, with every possibility of moving eighth. It remained to be seen if my speculative assumptions would be fulfilled in free practice and qualifying.

Free practice saw Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes (DAO1886 Yamaha) turn in a storming lap to record fastest time ahead of Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement and Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries. Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood were obliged to sit out the session after their outfit died with a bent valve, on the opening lap.

Qualifying

Two sessions late on Friday set the standard for what was bound to be a great weekend of racing. Early clouds had lifted and apart from a stiff breeze, conditions were warm and perfect for both twenty-minute periods. The temperature was just shy of twenty-two degrees, so all was good.

Todd Ellis set the early standard from Benny Streuer but with a long way to go. Kershaw had a disaster and was back in pit-lane after just one lap. Kevin Cable also hit trouble and he too was in pit lane – fairing off. Kershaw was obliged to go back to base to try to solve the problem which turned out to be a faulty clutch. Cable’s fault was not immediately resolved, so he looked like missing out.

Todd Ellis still sat fastest towards the end of the first session with a time of 1.36.275, but others were scratching their heads. Harry Payne and Mark Wilkes were next just over one tenth adrift, from Schlosser/Fries, Sam/Tom Christie, and Benny Streuer. Rob Biggs and Lukas Wyssen were also split by just one tenth. There was every chance we would see a new lap record set in the race.

Session two and those who were unlucky had a second bite of the cherry. The French duo of Leguen/Rouby had work to do to make the grid. This they did, albeit some seconds off the lead pace. Kevin Cable would be obliged to start at the back of the grid. His mysterious electrical fault not completely diagnosed but apparently resolved by changing a sensor.

Schlosser started well, clearly realizing he needed to get cracking this time around. He continued the momentum, sharing the front row with Ellis who then got very close to the magic number with a 1.36.087. This was well inside lap record pace and would be hard to beat.

Kershaw/Charlwood did well, given they had not completed a full lap before this session, moving fourth fastest. At this rate, the Santander Salt team of Ellis/Clement could feel optimistic, with a time almost three tenths ahead of the defending champions. Payne/Wilkes headed row two in third, with the Christie brothers a strong fifth ahead of Streuer/Kolsch.

Race One

The wind had subsided with the ambient temperature in the mid-twenties as the lights went out. The track was significantly hotter, so the Avon slicks would be tested to the limit over the eighteen-lap race distance. From the lights, Markus Schlosser grabbed the lead into Redgate, but Ellis/Clement were in front by the end of the lap. Behind, a battle raged with the Christie brothers and Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes, with the Christies shooting into second place, only to lose out again to Payne/Wilkes and Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood.

Bennie Streuer and Lukas Wyssen were locked together fighting for sixth place chased by Rob Biggs/Jake Lowther. Then came Kevin Cable/Charlie Richardson, Archer/Thomas and Leguen/Rouby. This format stayed the same for several laps as the teams fought for supremacy in blisteringly hot conditions.

The top three were still all within one second as they commenced lap nine, with Kershaw sitting third on the Quattro Yamaha. Payne/Wilkes were safe in fourth six seconds clear of Sam and Tom Christie.

Ellis’s title margin coming into the race was sixteen points, and he was intent on increasing that. Judging by the body language of the Swiss Schlosser, he had other ideas.
It was still a four-horse race at the front as Payne/Wilkes kept the pressure on third-placed Kershaw. The Scot then banged in the fastest lap of the race, setting a new lap record to move even closer.

Lap fifteen and the gap was two tenths at the front, with Schlosser/Fries now getting to grips with Ellis/Clement. The Swiss pair were desperately keen to steal five points off the series leaders.

Two laps to go and the top three were close and bunched up as they approached tailenders. Kershaw had a lunge at Schlosser into the Melbourne hairpin. That cost him time and back-fired somewhat. Into the final lap, and Ellis had extended his lead to seven tenths over Schlosser with Kershaw dropping back slightly to finish a safe third.

Exiting Goddard’s for the final time, Schlosser had the drive and closed Ellis on the run to the line, but Ellis prevailed for victory.

This was a fine display of sidecar racing between the top four, and good racing all the way down the field. Ellis moved further ahead by five points, and was now back in charge, with a twenty-one-point edge. Benny Streuer did not seem totally at home and would be hoping for a better run out in race two, whilst Kevin Cable was happy to come home with a good score after the nerves of qualifying. Rob Biggs and Jake Lowther debut run together is worthy of recognition, given that was the longest and hottest race the new passenger had endured, and Rob was suffering with seat issues in the bike, not being able to get comfortable. The amiable Pierre Leguen and Leopold Rouby collected six solid points in their first season on a long chassis.

Rupert Archer and Steve Thomas had a problem and pulled the Hannafin Yamaha into pit lane with two laps remaining.

Result

1/ Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha), 2/ Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries (Gustoil Yamaha), 3/ Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood (Quattro Yamaha), 4/ Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes (DAO1886 Yamaha), 5/ Sam and Tom Christie (CES Yamaha), 6/ Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch (Bonovo Action Yamaha), 7/ Lukas Wyssen Thomas Hofer (Gustoil RS Yamaha), 8/ Rob Biggs/Jake Lowther (Santander Salt), 9/ Kevin Cable/Charlie Richardson (L&W Contractors Yamaha),
10/ Pierre Leguen/Leopold Rouby (Suzuki),
DNF (Rupert Archer/Steve Thomas (Hannafin RS Yamaha)

Race Two

Even hotter weather greeted the teams for this one. In the middle of the afternoon on Sunday, a peak crowd were trackside to watch the action. What they saw could arguably be described as the best race of the season.

The lights went out and the chase to Redgate was on, with an extra bonus of a £2000.00 winner’s prize donated by Harry Payne’s sponsor DAO1886 Bar from the Isle of Man. The teams did not know this even as they lined up.

Schlosser hit turn one first, but ran wide out of Hollywood, allowing Ellis, and then Payne through. Kershaw as next, so by lap two, the defending champion found himself fourth.
Harry Payne led at this point, forcing past Ellis as if he knew about the financial reward.

Close on them came the Christie brothers, Lukas Wyssen, Rob Biggs, Rupert Archer, Kevin Cable, and Pierre Leguen bringing up the rear. The Suzuki was down on speed, but the Frenchmen were having a great weekend in the Donington sun.

Benny Streuer had lost his passenger Kevin Kolsch at the hairpin so with just one lap completed, they were out of it. Apart from a cut wrist, Kolsch was fine.

Ellis moved ahead and this formation stayed the same for several laps with Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries striving to get on terms with the front three. This front trio were hard at it, with nothing between them, as the convoy streamed out behind.

For the next six laps, it was breathtaking stuff as they climbed all over each other, opening a gap from Sam/Tom Christie who were brilliantly consistent throughout. Dramatically, Kershaw stole the lead on lap seven and then the fight was on. He and Ellis swapped places at least three times, maybe four in the ensuing laps, giving the best possible display of top-class sidecar racing. The crowd was on its toes with this dramatic action.

Lap eight, and Payne/Wilkes set the fastest lap of 1.36.341 fractionally outside Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood’s earlier lap record. The Manx-based duo were riding well and had arrived in style.

Biggs/Lowther were out next lap, with Archer/Thomas also pitting one lap later.

Still the battle raged at the front, switching this way and that, with Schlosser unable to improve his position. Then, it was all over for the Swiss crew as they too retired with twelve laps done. Into the eighteenth and final lap, Kershaw had to defend every inch of Donington, shutting the door at each turn to keep Ellis/Clement at bay. This they did, taking one of the hardest fought victories of their career, certainly on the world stage. The Quattro team celebrated, and the thousands of fans around the track showed their appreciation. With Schlosser’s retirement, came a big safety margin for Ellis/Clement at the head of the table. But the title race still has it all on the table, as the grand finale in Estoril, Portugal, carries double points for both races.

The seven crews who finished all earned solid scores, strengthening championship positions, and enhancing individual reputations. In what could have been a lame showing on the world stage, all competing teams went away from Donington knowing they had delivered great entertainment rivalling anything that transpired that weekend.

Result

1/ Kershaw/Charlwood, 2/ Ellis/Clement, 3/ Payne/Wilkes, 4/ Christie/Christie,
5/ Wyssen/Hofer, 6/Cable/Richardson, 7/ Leguen/Rouby
DNF not classified – Streuer/Biggs/Archer/Schlosser.

Championship standings

Ellis/Clement 255
Schlosser/Fries 214
Kershaw/Charlwood 191
Wyssen/Hofer 121
Payne Wilkes 102
Streuer/Kolsch 101
Peugeot/Peugeot 93
Reeves/Rousseau 68
Cable Richardson 66
Vinet/Vinet 58
Christie 43.

Official full standings will be available on the FIM website.

The next round comes from Oschersleben, Germany Sept 30-Oct 2.

Photo credit: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

British F1: Blackstock/Rosney take eighteen-point lead to Brands 22-24 July

British F1: Blackstock/Rosney take eighteen-point lead to Brands 22-24 July

British F1: Blackstock/Rosney take eighteen-point lead to Brands 22-24 July

Brands Hatch race action

Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney head for Kent with a sizeable series lead over Sam and Tom Christie after double victory in Scotland on the DHR/Express Tyres Services Yamaha. This is the first time they have found themselves in this position and will be very keen to preserve the margin against all odds.

It will not be an easy task, as FIM World Championship leaders Todd Ellis and Emmanuelle Clement are fresh from Croatia and will be aiming to double their current tally of British points for the Santander Salt Yamaha team.

We have yet to see Ben and Tom Birchall in action this year, but they are entered at Brands Hatch hoping to open their score in style, along with Birchall Racing team-mates Craig Currie and Justin Sharpe. Both crews have had a slow start to the domestic scene having focussed on a successful Isle of Man TT.

Sam and Tom Christie (CES Yamaha) sit second in the title chase twenty-two points ahead of Ellis/Clement who claimed a maximum fifty points in the opening Oulton Park round. The Christie brothers from Beverley were also in World action recently in Croatia and are currently in top form, so they will expect to be in the big numbers.

George Holden and Oscar Lawrence are fourth in the table after two podiums in Knockhill and will be rueing their DNF in the opening race of the season at Oulton Park. But for that, they would almost certainly be ahead of Ellis coming here to Kent.

The full entry list is still taking shape as I write, and there might well be one or two surprises.

The Grand Prix circuit at Brands is very popular with the sidecar crews, and Pilgrims Drop is the fastest part of the lap. With one race on Saturday and another Sunday, there are fifty points up for grabs for the double win. Will there be any takers? One thing you can be sure of is there will be no shortage of teams trying their luck.

Eurosport are providing their usual live coverage, with our regular highlights package available later on www.rkb-f1-sidecars.com. Make sure you stay across all the action as it happens, or better still, find your way to Brands Hatch for a summer festival of racing.

Photo credits: Jenny “Triker” Wells

FIM Sidecars – Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement bring reduced lead to Donington Park 15-17 July

FIM Sidecars – Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement bring reduced lead to Donington Park 15-17 July

FIM Sidecars – Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement bring reduced lead to Donington Park 15-17 July

Racing at Donington Park

The Donington Park Round of World SBK will once again host the Superside family in the fifth round of what has been an outstanding Championship year. Whilst grid numbers have not been high, we have witnessed fierce four and five-way battles at the front, and equally strong scraps all the way down. The half-hour highlights TV Show filmed at each round has extended the audience and attracted new viewers to the sport.

Marcus Schlosser/Marcel Fries (Gustoil Yamaha) have closed to within sixteen points of series leaders Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement. At the previous round in Croatia, the Santander Salt Yamaha failed to finish the second race, giving added impetus and encouragement to the defending champions. Last year at Donington Park, Schlosser suffered the same fate, so he will be hoping history does not repeat.

Victory in Croatia also gave a leg-up to third placed Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood (Quattro Yamaha). They are looking safe in third, but trail Schlosser by forty-four points whilst almost fifty ahead of Gustoil Yamaha’s fourth placed Lukas Wyssen/Thomas Hofer.

This year we have seen an injection of new talent in the form of Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes, who, but for taking a sabbatical for the Isle of Man TT, would surely have been even more in the running. They have more than shown what they are capable of, improving all the time.

Likewise, Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch, race winners in Hungary, have displayed the speed which took the Dutchman to a previous title. But for a couple of crashes, they would be among the leaders.

Given there have been no Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau to speak of, and an absent Pekka Pavairinta through remedial surgery, the show has been a good one. If or when either or both these crews return, then the spectacle will be truly amazing. The Finn is due to make an appearance before season end, and we hope it is sooner rather than later. As for the Bonovo Action sponsored Anglo/French crew, only they know the answer.

With the appearance of Sam and Tom Christie in Croatia, there is every possibility other leading British crews will enter the fray in Donington Park. Certainly, Rob Biggs will be out on the other Santander Salt bike, and his entry shows he has employed the services of experienced passenger Jake Lowther.

Rupert Archer/Steve Thomas are on the score board with their Hannafin Adolf RS chassis, and thoroughly enjoyed their Spa outing. I think we will see them back for more in Donington. 

The dedicated RKB-F1 TV crew will be there to record interviews and features, with race footage provided by Dorna TV. The usual highlights show will follow in due course.

Photo credit: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

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