Here are two important announcements regarding Cadwell Park 7/8/9 August and Knockhill 18/19/20 September

Here are two important announcements regarding Cadwell Park 7/8/9 August and Knockhill 18/19/20 September

Here are two important announcements regarding Cadwell Park 7/8/9 August and Knockhill 18/19/20 September

Cadwell Revival t-shirt

With Cadwell Park literally one week away, we would like to maintain the Sidecar Revival theme and spirit where possible, and an important part of that is the familiar Sidecar Revival “T” Shirt sale.

We will once again be selling commemorative shirts, but this year with a message to reflect the strange times we are still living through.

They will be £15.00 each on the day, and from next Thursday they will be available on Ebay under the title “Cadwell Corona T-Shirt”. The price is the same carriage free. I do not need to emphasise this is a unique opportunity.

Sample image shows you what a special item this is. Mine is on order already!!!

Regarding the Knockhill meeting, we absolutely stress the fact that there will be four Saturday practice sessions each of twenty minutes integrated with the scheduled car event.

This means that all competitors will need to arrive Friday or crack of dawn Saturday morning so as not to miss these vital sessions.

2020 Season finally blasts off at Cadwell Park 8/9th August

2020 Season finally blasts off at Cadwell Park 8/9th August

2020 Season finally blasts off at Cadwell Park 8/9th August

Ben and Tom Birchall

August 8/9th will go down in history as the weekend the long wait for sidecar racing action ended. This has truly been a season to remember for the wrong reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted around the world and decimated sport in general. We are thrilled to be once again able to get outfits on track fighting for the championship albeit in a truncated season.

There have been many changes over the winter months in terms of team line-ups. At the time of going to press, no fewer than ten drivers have a change of passenger. This alone will add spice to what is bound to be an exciting season, and the most high-profile of those is former champion Steve Kershaw who takes on board former double championship winning passenger Ryan Charlwood.

This is a surprise move indeed and sees Charlwood’s previous driver Ricky Stevens avail himself of the services of the very experienced Jonny Allum who assisted Tommy Philp to the Bemsee sidecar title.

Veteran TT ace John Holden is back for more this year teamed up with Jake Lowther, with series newcomer Tommy Philp lining up again with Tom Bryant to mount a full challenge for title honours.

Holden’s team-mates from last year, Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney were third in the 2019 campaign, so they are another crew aiming to improve on what was a fantastic performance. Likewise, Rob Biggs and Jeroen Schmitz. The man from Chester and his Dutch passenger are silky smooth and reliable. Sixth last year, they are easily capable of a top five finish.

It’s exceptionally good news that former World Champions and multiple TT winners Ben and Tom Birchall are at Cadwell Park, with every intention of contesting every round. They must be real favourites for title honours in 2020. Hot opposition to any aspirations the Birchalls may have will surely come from reigning champions Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson. The Santander Salt Honda pairing will pick up where they left off, as will Kershaw.

TAG Racing continue to field former Superbike star Chris Walker with Ashley Hawes again holding down the third wheel. Walker gained speed and confidence towards the end of last season, and he too must be a serious title contender this time out.

The pack has strength in depth, and with upwards of twenty-five outfits entered for the opener, expect non-stop action throughout the weekend.

Negotiations with Eurosport are well underway to screen a thirty-minute highlights show, so the cameras will be rolling to record this the first round, with other rounds due to be included in the Eurosport live coverage.

Only two crews from last year’s top fifteen are absent from proceedings, with Gary Bryan and Gary Horspole stepping back for a breather. Colourful Scotsman Scott Lawrie is back however and will certainly add some flavour to the weekend.

Avon Tyres to support all rounds again in 2020

Avon Tyres to support all rounds again in 2020

Avon Tyres to support all rounds again in 2020

Avon tyres

We are delighted to have the ongoing support of Avon Tyres our approved tyre supplier for the revised 2020 season. The relationship with Avon is well established, and they are a vital component in sidecar racing worldwide.

The opening round at Cadwell Park is the first time we will see our friendly Avon colleagues and at every round thereafter.

We are, however, anxious to make all teams aware that for the Knockhill date (September 19/20) the large Avon truck will not be heading North. They will service our needs from a smaller vehicle carrying a representative supply but will not have unlimited stock on board.

Teams are therefore advised to consider their potential needs and maybe make use of the large Avon stock at the preceding round at Snetterton BSB.

Not long to wait now boys and girls, Cadwell Park approaches.

Round One Cadwell Park accepting Rider entries NOW

Round One Cadwell Park accepting Rider entries NOW

Round One Cadwell Park accepting Rider entries NOW

Cadwell Park

For all interested sidecar crews, and in particular the Molson Group British Championship regulars, sidecar action returns with the opening round at Cadwell Park over the weekend of 7-9th August.

Despite the enormous problems caused by the COVID-19 crisis, we are delighted to be able to resume racing and get our season back to something approaching normal. Friday 7th will be a test day, with racing Saturday and Sunday.

This meeting will be run and coordinated by Bemsee, and as such, is essentially a Bemsee event. All entries therefore need to be submitted through the on-line system on www.bemsee.net in the normal way. Final instructions and meeting information can also be found via the same method.

Short chassis outfits with TT spec engines are welcome to join, although they will not be allowed to score points or prizes. Entries from championship compliant machines will take priority.

The good news for aspiring spectators is that they are invited to attend, although paddock access is prohibited. Spectators will be allowed round the Parkland area to the right of the entrance gate, and all the way round the back of the circuit to Barn Corner.

It is also hoped to run GP Legends, with Classic Sidecar parades each lunchtime. The intention is to make this event as close as possible to what would have been the third running of the Cadwell Sidecar Revival.

Specific circuit information can be found on the MSV website www.msv.com.

We are in negotiation with Eurosport to screen a highlight show for the event, and as the opening round of our series, that is important.

We’ll see you all at Cadwell – and stay safe.

British F1: 2020 Cadwell Park opening action just five weeks away

British F1: 2020 Cadwell Park opening action just five weeks away

British F1: 2020 Cadwell Park opening action just five weeks away

Despite the ravages of the COVID-19 crisis, the British Championship season WILL get underway at Cadwell Park over the weekend of 8/9th August.

This is not the Revival as we know it, but nonetheless there will be two sessions for classic and older outfits. This is still very much a sidecar festival, although with a different feel.

Nothing is normal right now, but we are all determined that life will be as close to normal as we can possibly make it.

It is therefore vital that we have full grids for our opening round, and as such, all British Championship competitors are urged to get their entries in as soon as possible.

Given the uncertainty over recent months, and the extraordinary lengths we have gone to in order to produce a series, it is now the turn of the teams to demonstrate their commitment and sign up for the season.

We are in negotiation with Eurosport to screen a highlight show for the event, and as the opening round of our series, that is important.

So, in summary, whether you are a regular British Championship team, or a classic or period sidecar team, we would like to see your entries.

New schedule is :-

8-9 August Cadwell Park
21-23 August Snetterton
19-20 September Knockhill
2-4 October Donington Park
16-18 October Brands Hatch

 

We’ll see you all at Cadwell – and stay safe.

FIM Sidecar: 2020 Calendar, Update 27th June

FIM Sidecar: 2020 Calendar, Update 27th June

FIM Sidecar: 2020 Calendar, Update 27th June

In line with the latest FIM update, the RKB-F1 Santander Salt organisational team are finally in a position to publish a schedule for 2020 which will allow a meaningful World Championship to take place. It has been a difficult juggling act in an ever-changing situation, with differing country rules and regulations playing a major part in the decision making.

Regrettably, the regular Le Mans World Endurance event scheduled for late August is now obliged to run without support classes, in a bid to keep as few personnel on-site as possible.

This means the Le Mans organisers have no choice but to forego their annual sidecar race inclusion, but are absolutely emphatic that sidecars are back on track for 2021. They consider the FIM Sidecar World Championship an important component in their 24 hour race weekend.

The intended German round at Lausitzring over the weekend of 14-16 August, is another casualty, but talks are still ongoing to find a replacement.

Just one clash with The Molson Group British Championship, whereby it will be impossible to do both events, and one combined World/British event at Brands Hatch two weeks later in October, make for a very varied and fascinating title chase, albeit shorter than planned.

Once again, we are governed by Government guidelines and all rules and regulations as they evolve. Ever mindful of this, and always with one eye on the global situation, we now have a championship worthy of the name, and we look forward to delivering the events laid out below.

Revised firm dates are as follows –

New schedule is :-

September 4-6 Rijeka, Croatia
September 26-27 Pannoniaring, Hungary
October 2-4 Oschersleben, Germany
October 16-18 Brands Hatch, Great Britain
October 23-25 Estoril, Portugal

 

All interested teams are now urged to submit their entries at the earliest opportunity, so that we can formulate strong grids at every round.

British F1: 2020 revised dates released – Championship is GO

British F1: 2020 revised dates released – Championship is GO

British F1: 2020 revised dates released – Championship is GO

Further to our bulletin of last week, we are now delighted to announce the following schedule by which we can have a meaningful four or five round 2020 championship.

Very much linked to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship as usual, three of those rounds are with BSB, the opener at Cadwell Park in a “stand-alone” event replacing the original Revival date, and an exciting second independent meeting at Knockhill in September. The Knockhill organisers are always very appreciative of top-class sidecar racing at their popular flagship track. A two-day meeting is planned 19-20 September (arrival Friday 19th).

Stuart Gray, Director of Knockhill is delighted that British Championship sidecar action will be not be missing from their revised 2020 schedule.
The three BSB weekends are at Snetterton, Donington Park and the Brands finale in October.

Unavoidably, compression towards the end of the season has resulted in one outright clash with the Santander Salt FIM Sidecar World Championship, with one joint British/World weekend. Final dates for the FIM series are imminent.

As always, any schedule is subject to the Government guidelines remaining constant. Should the COVID-19 situation and science dictate a different course of action, we will be obliged to fall in line.

New schedule is :-

August 8-9 Cadwell Park
August 21-23 Snetterton
September 19-20  Knockhill
October 2-4 Donington Park
October 16-18 Brands Hatch
British F1: 2020 revised dates to be released imminently

British F1: 2020 revised dates to be released imminently

British F1: 2020 revised dates to be released imminently

FIM Sidecar World championship logos

Hot on the heels of the previous bulletin with regard to the former Revival Cadwell Park date, and the subsequent FIM release on the World Championship, RKB-F1 Motorsport is delighted to say that by the end of this week (w/e 6th June) we will be in a position to release a revised calendar for the 2020 Molson Group British Sidecar Championship.

The hard work and planning for both series has been relentless in the face of an ever-changing situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are obliged to say however, that even at this encouraging point in time, any plans and intentions will always be subject to the Government guidelines remaining constant.

But, as we sit here now, we WILL have a series in 2020, and you will all get to know the detail of that series very soon indeed.

Watch this space – we are on our way.

FIM Sidecar: 2020 Calendar, Update 29th May

FIM Sidecar: 2020 Calendar, Update 29th May

FIM Sidecar: 2020 Calendar, Update 29th May

FIM Sidecar World championship logos

With the ongoing impact Internationally and continued travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the FIM and RKB-F1 Santander Salt organisational team have been obliged to make the following changes to the 2020 calendar.

With the support of the Hungarian Motorcycle Sport Federation (MAMS), the round originally scheduled at Pannoniaring on 27-28 June is now postponed to September. The new date is to be confirmed.
For the same reason, the British round initially scheduled on the 25/26 July is also postponed. The Promoter, the FIM and the ACU are working hard to find a new date.

We would like to thank everyone involved and affected for their understanding during this period, as we continue to work hard to preserve as much of the 2020 championship as possible whilst taking into consideration and respecting all the protocols in place. We are also monitoring the various national announcements day-by-day in order to ensure the safety of all involved persons.

Further information will be communicated as soon as we have more
developments.

Revised dates are as follows –

DATE VENUE COUNTRY FMN
TBC TBC GB ACU
29-30 August Le Mans France FFM
4-6 September Rijeka Croatia HMS
26-27 September TBC Pannoniaring Hungary MAMS
3-4 October Oschersleben Germany DMSB
17-18 October Lausitzring Germany DMSB
24-25 October Estoril Portugal FMP
British F1: Cadwell Sidecar Revival cancelled, but get ready to rumble

British F1: Cadwell Sidecar Revival cancelled, but get ready to rumble

British F1: Cadwell Sidecar Revival cancelled, but get ready to rumble

Sidecar racing at Cadwell Park

Whilst the Coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across sport, there are significant stirrings in the world of motorcycle racing.

MotoGP and organisers have published a plan to go racing from July, and MSVR, the promoters of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship are busily putting together a revised schedule which will deliver a meaningful series in 2020. The Molson Group British Sidecars are inextricably linked with BSB and we eagerly await those announcements to get our own season back on track.

The Cadwell Sidecar Revival is however a stand-alone event, and due to the uncertainty over legislation on crowds and foreign travel, we are sadly left with no option but to cancel this year’s planned extravaganza.

All is not lost though, because the date remains firmly logged with the Cadwell Park circuit, and there is every likelihood that restrictions will be eased sufficiently for some form of track action to take place.

Roger Body and the RKB-F1 team in conjunction with Bemsee, are therefore in negotiation with the circuit to run an F1 sidecar test and practice weekend over the 8/9th August.

With such a long lay-off, any track time will be vital, and we seriously hope we will be able to offer all F1 teams the shake-down they deserve to blow some of the Coronavirus cobwebs away.

We anticipate being ready to go firm with this plan very shortly, as well as announcing other developments linked to races with BSB.

British F1: MSVR signal postponement of Snetterton June date

British F1: MSVR signal postponement of Snetterton June date

British F1: MSVR signal postponement of Snetterton June date

Snetterton round 6 19-7-20

Following the latest Government updates, the MCRCB has taken the decision to extend their ban on permits until at least the end of June 2020.

This means that in addition to the suspension of the opening three rounds of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, the Snetterton round scheduled for June 19-21 is also postponed. This means that round two of the sidecars, as expected, will now not take place on the scheduled date.

In conjunction with solo teams, broadcasters and the circuits, MSVR is working hard behind the scenes to fall in line with the Government’s plan for phased reopening of facilities, whilst planning to deliver a meaningful solo and sidecar championship in 2020 and beyond.

At this moment in time, Knockhill in early July is still technically unaffected, with the remainder of the dates still in place. These are uncertain and  unprecedented times however, and we must be guided by the science and Government recommendations as the COVID-19 situation progresses.

We are very much in the hands of MSVR for our British Championship, whilst we are also actively grappling with an ever-changing situation on the Santander Salt FIM World Championship. This is proving equally challenging, if not more so.

Rest assured we will bring you updates as they become available, and we wish you all well. In the meantime, stay safe.

RKB-F1 Sidecar Racing plans under constant review in the face of Coronavirus pandemic

RKB-F1 Sidecar Racing plans under constant review in the face of Coronavirus pandemic

RKB-F1 Sidecar Racing plans under constant review in the face of Coronavirus pandemic

One month down the road from our last update, the global Coronavirus situation is still wreaking havoc in the sporting world.

We, the sidecar racing fraternity are every bit as much affected as all other branches on motor sport, and indeed any event where people congregate in large numbers.

Much of the world, and almost every single European country has been locked down since early March in an effort to stop the spread of the disease, and restore some normality to our daily lives.

There are however, green shoots of hope and improvement showing in some of those countries who were either quick to respond initially, or now think the worst is behind them.

But, there can be no illusion that the road back to complete normality will be a long one, and there is no “silver bullet” or miracle cure for what we are going through. Until a vaccine against this silent assassin is developed and made widely available, the social distancing measures, and prohibition of large gatherings will be maintained. That fact alone casts a long shadow over plans for any sporting events involving spectators.

We within RKB-F1 are in almost daily contact with our eager organisers and circuit owners to bring you the planned schedule for both British and FIM Worlds rounds in 2020. But, until all countries publish their plans for emergence out of this crisis, any firm commitments are impossible to make. 2020 is still a season which promised much for all of us, and it is a cruel twist of fate which has robbed us thus far of any racing.

But this is a situation reaching far beyond our world of sidecar racing. Many lives have been lost, and will continue to be lost until this virus can be brought under control. The world is at a standstill, and we can only hope and pray, that normality, albeit a new form of normality, will be restored soon.

We are intent on delivering two forms of Championships for this year, and those efforts are being tirelessly pursued by the RKB-F1 team.

In the meantime, we are certainly in good shape for 2021, as we have developed good relationships with our new overseas circuit partners, and our contact with MSVR and the BSB world is now well and truly cemented.

Please rest assured we will bring you any firm news once we have it, but in the meantime, stay safe and keep smiling. We WILL be back at the very earliest opportunity.

FIM Sidecar: 2020 Calendar, Update 29th May

FIM Sidecar: Latest calendar update FIM Sidecar World Championship

FIM Sidecar: Latest calendar update FIM Sidecar World Championship

The ongoing and fast-moving situation with COVID-19 and the way it is impacting on global sport has us all on our toes.

The RKB-F1/Santander Salt organisational team, along with the FIM, is working frantically behind the scenes to try and deliver the promised new-look FIM World Championship.

A crystal ball would be a wonderful attribute at this time, but in the absence of such a valuable insight into the future, it really is an impossible task to predict just when this situation will improve.

One thing is certain, any races scheduled later in the year will seriously compress all dates, and place enormous pressure on teams and organisers.

For that reason, and bearing in mind the other dates towards the end of the year, the decision has been made to take Assen, originally scheduled for late September, out of the equation.

The Assen round will therefore not take place, and thus reduces the full list of scheduled rounds to seven.

We can only watch and wait as to when things will improve, but rest assured they will improve. Let us all hope that by the end of May, we have clear sight into the future, and can see The Pannoniaring in Hungary on the horizon.

The situation is under constant review, and all at Santander Salt and RKB-F1 Motorsport continue to wish you and your families a safe passage through this difficult time.

Revised dates are as follows:

27-28 June Pannoniaring Hungary
25-26 July Brands Hatch UK
29-30 August Le Mans France
4-6 September Rijeka Croatia
3-4 October Oschersleben Germany
17-18 October Lausitzring Germany
24-25 October Estoril Portugal
British F1: Statement regarding COVID-19 and the Molson Group British Sidecar Championship

British F1: Statement regarding COVID-19 and the Molson Group British Sidecar Championship

British F1: Statement regarding COVID-19 and the Molson Group British Sidecar Championship

Statement regarding COVID-19 and the Molson Group British Sidecar Championship

Following unprecedented measures announced by the Government this week in efforts to combat the Coronavirus pandemic, and the subsequent action taken by MSVR announced yesterday, the ban on UK track racing is confirmed until at least May 31st.
That means the opening two rounds of our championship due to take place at Oulton Park (May 1-3rd) and Donington Park (May 22-24th) will now be postponed, hopefully to reschedule at a later date.

RKB-F1 Motorsport is working closely with MSVR and all involved parties to ensure we keep you advised at the earliest opportunity of developments as they unfold.

Clearly this situation is a constantly changing picture, and is under daily review. Rest assured it is our intention to get both our British and World series underway as soon as is humanly possible.

Meanwhile, we continue to wish all our teams and supporters the very best of health at this difficult time, and urge you all to follow the guidelines passed to every one of us.

Uncertain times ahead maybe – but we’re all ready and waiting

Uncertain times ahead maybe – but we’re all ready and waiting

Uncertain times ahead maybe – but we’re all ready and waiting

Lights at start line

There can be no denying that what the world is going through with the Coronavirus pandemic right now, is something none of us has ever lived through before.

We have all heard our parents and grandparents waxing lyrical about the hardships that “The War” brought to their daily lives. Indeed Uncle Albert from Only Fools and Horses coined the phrase “durin’ the war” to the constant annoyance of Rodney and Del Boy.

The unprecedented changes and restrictions being imposed on us are hard to take, but we all understand the reasons why.

We have hitherto lived our lives in our own bubble of protected and precious existence whatever form that might take, and for those of us in this great circle of sidecar racing, it is a special bubble.

We have seen the unimaginable happen in the sporting world with Premier League and International football matches cancelled or postponed indefinitely. The mighty Formula One, MotoGP, the Isle of Man TT and World Superbike, along with all other major sporting events where large crowds gather, have all been put on the back burner until goodness knows when.

The British Superbike Championship, with whom we run our series, will make those decisions on our behalf, and theirs is not an easy task. Stuart Higgs and his team have tough calls to make over the next few weeks, and we can only watch and wait.

I am, and always have been, a purveyor of joy and hope – ever the optimist, and I would like to say to you right now that if you sit tight for a couple of weeks, it will be business as usual. But the bottom line is that we simply do not know when this will end, so we must stay ready, remain positive and aim for the golden moment when the wheels turn again in anger.

We’re all dressed up, raring to go, and the party has yet to start – but it will. We have championships to fight for, both British and World, and we have the third running of the absolutely brilliant Cadwell Sidecar Revival to look forward to. The anticipation will only get stronger, and when we return to action – what fantastic action it will be.

Stay strong everyone, stay positive and keep out of trouble, but above all, follow the common sense Government guidelines, and we will all be together on the grid once restrictions are lifted.

Meanwhile, keep polishing and dreaming.

The RKB-F1 team wishes you all the very best through this difficult time.

British F1: 2020 Season almost ready for blast-off

British F1: 2020 Season almost ready for blast-off

British F1: 2020 Season almost ready for blast-off

It has been a long, wet winter, but the wait is almost over. Before the teams assemble at the Oulton Park Circuit in Cheshire for the opening round, most of them will have spent an exhausting off-season building new machinery, and many will also have taken the annual pilgrimage to Val de Vienne for pre-season testing.

The registered number of teams for the series at the time of going to press, sits at twenty-five, with virtually all of those indicating a full season. Add to those numbers any late entries, and the inevitable wild-cards from overseas, and it is a very promising line-up for British Championship honours.

Whilst reigning World Champions Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes once again are placing sole focus on the FIM World Championship, now also promoted by RKB-F1, the former World Champions and multiple TT winners Ben and Tom Birchall have announced their intention to stay here in the UK to concentrate on their LCR chassis business, the Isle of Man TT, and the Molson Group series.

This is good news for British fans, and will give the Mansfield based brothers a real chance to lift the title with consistent UK appearances. Apart from 600cc Cup success in 2016, the British premier sidecar championship has hitherto not been high on their list or priorities.

The increased profile of sidecar racing in the UK, and the wide exposure given by the live Eurosport TV coverage, has resulted in a far greater sense of achievement and reward for those crews who aspire to be champions.

There is however, an ever-increasing number of crews lining up to claim the prize. Among them, the Santander Salt sponsored outfits of reigning champions Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson, and 2018 champion Steve Kershaw, who is breaking in a new passenger in the shape of the very enthusiastic and capable Jason Pitt. Both these teams will be combining the domestic challenge with a full onslaught for FIM World honours.

The same is true of the Silicone Barnes Racing outfits of John Holden/Jake Lowther and Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney. The distinctive blue and white livery of these crews was omni- present at the sharp end of the British Championship last season, so expect nothing less in 2020.

A second consecutive season following a year out with injury is very much on the cards for Chris Walker and Ashley Hawes. The TAG Racing Yamaha duo were really in the groove at the end of last year, and Chris is hungry for victory. The former Superbike and solo star has yet to climb to the top step of the podium, but the signs are all there that 2020 could be the year that happens. Walker and Hawes will also be targeting selected World rounds, so the British presence on the FIM stage will be a strong one.

Former double champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood have ended any speculation about their future together, by once again lining up in Kawasaki colours as part of the Massingberd Mundy official Green Team. They are keen to reclaim the titles they won on the 1000cc bike, being strong advocates of the successful move to 600cc power. Expect also to see them doubling up with World Championship rides where they see fit. Team-mate is once again Ben Holland, who this year is joined by Jed Pilmoor-Brady. A former regular at the front, Ben has lost none of his speed, and shows a real passion to get back in the winning groove.

Young talent comes in the form of Tommy Philp, now partnered with Tom Bryant. Sponsored by Roberts Construction and Tops Autos, the Yamaha pair showed their worth as newcomers towards the end of last season, and will almost definitely be among the front runners from the word go this year.

Rob Biggs and Jeroen Schmitz are another young pairing with huge potential, and are now well accustomed to each other and the Taurus Tools outfit, although they are now favouring Yamaha power over the tried and trusted Honda CBR 600.

There is now strength in depth all down the field with a strong blend of experience and youthful talent. Thirty crews on most grids will indeed be a spectacle, and as the final plans are put in place for the new season, it is truly a mouth-watering prospect lying ahead of us.

We will be previewing the opening round at Oulton Park shortly, and updating you with any last- minute changes and rider additions.

Meanwhile, work goes on behind the scenes to fine-tune and tweak what will undeniably be a stellar year for sidecar racing both here and on the world stage.

British F1: Double header at traditional Oulton Park opener

British F1: Double header at traditional Oulton Park opener

British F1: Double header at traditional Oulton Park opener

The season opener at the picturesque Oulton Park circuit has traditionally offered just one race for the sidecar fraternity, mainly due to the constrained time allowed on track.

Church regulations dictate reduced noise on Sunday, so it has always been hard to fit two sidecar races into the busy schedule.

However, the sidecars continue to build their reputation with the BSB organisers, and we have been able to negotiate two races, thereby giving the many track-side sidecar enthusiasts two bites of the cherry.

The two races will take place on Saturday however, with practice and qualifying on Friday. Given that Eurosport TV now give full attention to the entire weekend, it is therefore highly likely that both races will attract TV coverage.

This is a new departure, great news for the teams and the Championship, and is one more example of the close relationship between MSV and RKB-F1 Motorsport.

All teams are reminded that registration needs to be by the end of February, and there are still many crews yet to sign up for 2020.

They will need to contact Mike Dommett mikedommett@hotmail.com as a matter of urgency of they wish to be on the grid at Oulton Park.

British F1: British Championship awards presented in Lincoln

British F1: British Championship awards presented in Lincoln

British F1: British Championship awards presented in Lincoln

Last Saturday 25th January saw the annual championship awards dinner and dance at the usual popular venue.

The Best Western Bentley Hotel between Newark and Lincoln provided a good setting once again, and excellent refreshments for what turned out to be an really good evening, voted by many as the best yet.

Celebrity guests included multiple TT winner and all-round hero John McGuinness, jovial and regular participant Steve Parrish, and our newly crowned, and now seven-times world sidecar champion Tim Reeves.

A packed room, a three-course meal, great sounding disco music, and a live band – The Bradeney Bunch from Shropshire, all contributed to a fun evening ahead of what is bound to be a fiercely contested 2020 season.

Master of ceremonies Glenn “Chalkie” Walsh opened the proceedings assisted by MC and TV commentator Barry Nutley.

Steve Parrish and John McGuinness then presented the awards to the glowing recipients, and proceeded to have a short interview and chat session. Finally series owner and main sponsor Roger Body rounded off the formalities with an exciting introduction of the new-look FIM World Championship, which he has been working on for many months. His effort and enthusiasm was acknowledged, and a huge round of applause from the room endorsed that.

The awards themselves went to proud recipients, with the Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney scooping not only the third place trophies, but also the gold award for team presence in the paddock under the Barnes Racing Silicone Engineering banner.

Spectators choice award went to the fan’s favourite Chris “The Stalker” Walker, who along with Ashley Hawes had a great season with the TAG Racing/Santander Salt Yamaha.

Passenger of the Year was an extremely plucky Shelley Smithies, who after her big crash at Cadwell Park, bounced back in style with a strong year alongside Martin Kirk for a top ten finish.

For services to the sport, and an outstanding contribution to both the series and the Quattro Plant Kawasaki team, Vicky Rowsell of Somrow Construction Services was acknowledged to great applause as she collected the silver trophy.

Outgoing champions and runners-up Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark accepted their award in traditional highland dress, and announced the retirement of Stuart, and welcomed his replacement, a young and eager Jason Pitt. The huge main trophy, and the ultimate accolade was collected by the new champions Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson after a stunning year which delivered eleven victories.

All eyes are now on the 2020 season, as Roger Body announced his World Championship plans, with eight rounds scheduled, and only one clash. Many of the top crews from Britain are keen to enter, so this is an exciting development.

FIM Sidecar: World Sidecar Championship Calendar 2020 announced

FIM Sidecar: World Sidecar Championship Calendar 2020 announced

FIM Sidecar: World Sidecar Championship Calendar 2020 announced

RKB-F1 Motorsport in association with Santander Salt Ltd has reached an agreement with the FIM (the International governing body of motorcycle sport) whereby they have arrived at an eight round series across seven different countries for the 2020 FIM World Sidecar Championship.

This is the result of extensive discussions between new series promoter Roger Body, the FIM, the circuit organisers, and a large degree of cooperation and advice from German former ace driver Ralf Bohnhorst.

“Bohni” as he is affectionately known, has been very involved organising the series in recent years, building a sound platform from which to move forward.

The dates have been thrashed out with careful thought to selection of prime venues, each with a strong sidecar tradition. As we go to press, the calender is now cast in stone.

This marks a new era for what is the longest surviving world motorcycle championship still in its original format, with the capacity limit now exactly as it was way back in 1949 the inaugural year.

The RKB-F1 Motorsport team has a strong track record over ten years with the British Championship, arguably the most successful domestic series on the planet. This experience and enthusiasm will be brought to bear in cementing the FIM World Championship as the absolute pinnacle of sidecar circuit racing globally.

The new-look World series kicks off at the traditional EWC Endurance weekend at Le Mans. From there, the teams trek to the dramatic Lausitzring in Germany to join none other than the prestigious DTM German Touring Car Championship, before heading for the Hungarian Pannoniaring. There will then be a UK round with the BSB event at Brands Hatch in July.

Croatia and the Rijeka track come next, with the organisers obligingly shifting their date to late August. Assen comes next at the popular BSB fixture, then it’s off to the tried and tested Oschersleben for the penultimate clash, before the spectacular Estoril circuit in Portugal brings down the curtain on what is bound to be a brilliant season.

A title sponsor is yet to be named, but negotiations are in full swing in that direction, and it is anticipated that grids will be full, so the spectacle will be high.

There will be a continuation of the television coverage the series has enjoyed thus far, and maximum exposure track-side.

This venture marks the re-emergence of sidecar racing at the highest level, and is just the beginning for the RKB-F1 team in this arena.

Administration and entries for this championship, as with the British series, will be by Mike Dommett and his Bemsee organisation. Communication has already gone to all top teams on his radar, but for crews interested in registering for the FIM World Championship, then contact details are as follows:-

Mike Dommett, CEO BMCRC (Bemsee)
Email – mikedommett@hotmail.com
Telephone – 01708 720305
Mobile – 07979 963572

Dates are:-
April 18-19 – Le Mans France EWC Endurance
May 16-17 – Lausitzring Germany DTM Championship
June 27-28 – Pannoniaring Hungary Alpe Adria Series
July 25-26 – Brands Hatch UK BSB
August 29-30 – Rijeka Croatia
September 17-20 – Assen Holland BSB
October 3-4 – Oschersleben Germany
October 24-25 – Estoril Portugal

British F1: British Championship Calendar 2020 announced

British F1: British Championship Calendar 2020 announced

British F1: British Championship Calendar 2020 announced

Even before the 2019 awards have been distributed, the calendar for the brand-new season has been finalised. Run on exactly the same lines as previous years, in a prime position in the British Superbike paddock, the series takes on an even bigger significance next year.

Roger Body and his RKB-F1 organisation has now also embraced the FIM World Championship as promoter, thereby ensuring date clashes are kept to a minimum.

In fact, at the time of going to press, there are just two conflicting dates, with a distinct possibility of reducing this to just one. Exhaustive efforts have gone into making this possible, with some exciting new venues included in that process.

This is an exciting development for those British Championship regulars who aspire to try their luck on the World stage. It also gives the opportunity for FIM series crews to attend the odd British round if they so feel.

Nine rounds are now scheduled for the British Championship, with a further eight currently being finalised for the FIM world series. There will be an announcement in the coming days as to the FIM calendar.

The British season kicks off in Cheshire, with the usual single race on the Oulton Park schedule. Limited track permission always compresses this event, but it is a great series opener on a traditional circuit. Then it’s on to Snetterton, before the long trek to Knockhill for round three.

The first of two visits to Brands Hatch is next up, followed two weeks later by the now well established Cadwell Sidecar Revival. This is the only stand-alone event, and takes place just two weeks before the BSB paddock descends on the Cadwell track for round six of the Molson Championship.

Assen and the Cathedral of Speed comes next, before a trip to Donington Park, and the Grand Finale back in Kent at Brands Hatch.

2020 promises to be a stellar season, with the sport of sidecar racing now looming large in the eye of the public, the TV viewers, and the countless thousands of track-side enthusiasts.

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