FIM Sidecars – Report by our illustrious lady passenger Emmanuelle Clement following a great Pannoniaring for the team

FIM Sidecars – Report by our illustrious lady passenger Emmanuelle Clement following a great Pannoniaring for the team

FIM Sidecars – Report by our illustrious lady passenger Emmanuelle Clement following a great Pannoniaring for the team

Emmanuelle Clement

Bye Bye Hungary, Hello Croatia.

This weekend we were at Pannonia Ring in Hungary to take part in our fourth round of the Sidecar World Championship.

A hot weekend in temperature and color. Installed Thursday, short reconnaissance walk and off we go for free practice on Friday.

We are making some adjustments and are already in our times from last year. Saturday, big day because two qualifications and a race on the program. The temperatures being high, we take advantage of the first qualifying session at 8:30a.m. to set our time; the choice is good since we achieve a time of 1’55”8, a time never reached before, so the unofficial lap record (since not achieved in the race).

No one improves in the second session which puts us in pole position for both races.

3:15 p.m., start of the first race of 15 laps!!! Excellent start for us since we passed the first corner in the lead. We continue our momentum while saving our tires because with this heat the rubber wears out quickly. We are closely followed by the Schlosser / Fries crew who are trying to overtake us but we react just as quickly and regain our position. We manage to resist our competitors until the end and
therefore win the victory of this first race 🥇

Sunday morning, small warm-up to warm up for the race. The wind is a little more present and it feels good.

1:15 p.m., let’s go!!!! Second race started, same start as the day before, we are leading the race. The competitors are a little more enraged and the attacks more present with the 2021 world champions; which benefits the Streuer/Kolsch crew who take the lead and we pass the checkerboard in second position.🥈

Great races with great rivalry.

We are happy with our weekend and our qualifying time and leave with a smile, boiling hot (it’s the case to say it) for Croatia.

A big thank you to our sponsors, our team, our families and all of you who follow us to the depths of Europe.

Direction Rijeka for the fifth round of the World Cup next weekend.

Photo credit: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

British F1: Knockhill thrills as the title lead changes hands

British F1: Knockhill thrills as the title lead changes hands

British F1: Knockhill thrills as the title lead changes hands

Blackstock/Rosney

As the southern half of the UK basked in Mediterranean temperatures, Fife was a total contrast, with a very wet opening day on Friday.

A relatively small entry was amplified by a clash with the FIM World Championship in Hungary which kept the series leaders Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement away. Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau also signalled a late change of plan and were not present, along with double TT winners Ben and Tom Birchall. This left the door well and truly open for others to capitalise.

The invitation was gleefully accepted, with some serious fighting at the front for  the big points. Making a one-off return was Stuart Clark, who accompanied Steve Kershaw to the 2018 title. He jumped in with Simon Robinson for a one-off appearance, and the pair did pretty well once they had adjusted to each other. Free practice saw Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney run at the front, with Sam Christie giving brother Tom only his second trip out at Knockhill ahead of Phil Bell and his cousin Carl on the Marin Motorsport Yamaha.

Qualifying

The weather had improved significantly ahead of the only timed session. The sun  was out although there was a very stiff breeze in the backs of the crews as they came up from the hairpin and away over the start-finish line.

The Christie brothers Sam and Tom made the early running, but it was not long before Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney on the DHR/Express Tyre Services Yamaha made their presence felt at the front.

Team Christie racing

They opened a slight advantage, with Simon Robinson and Stuart Clark sitting third. Once ahead, Blackstock/Rosney were never to let the lead slip, making pole position theirs in fine style. Locals Lewis Nicol and Rhys Gibbon were mid-pack behind Scottish Championship rivals Phil and Carl Bell. In fourth, halfway through the session were George Holden and Oscar Lawrence, with every chance of grabbing a podium at this event. That possibility was reinforced as they moved third with seven minutes remaining. Simon Robinson fought back to reclaim third place however, as the Christies tried to close down Blackstock/Rosney. Paul and Tom Kirby went seventh fastest, underlining their steady improvement, with Andy Peach/Ken Edwards, Rupert Archer/Phil Hyde and Craig Hauxwell/Derek Taylor on the Hazbeans Adolf RS Yamaha completing the grid.

Race One

Late in the day, with a low sun, there was a good crowd of sidecar fans staying for what would be a welcome move to three-wheeled action. Would there be a new series leader at the end of the race? There was every chance, and
away they went for fifteen hectic laps.

Blackstock/Rosney

Blackstock/Rosney led the charge off the line into Duffus Dip with the Christie brothers and Simon Robinson/Stuart Clark neck and neck behind. Next came George Holden/Oscar Lawrence looking left and right for a way through. Phil and Carl Bell were also tucked in behind. These five outfits circulated in close formation with Blackstock easing a small gap on lap two. Equally, Sam and Tom Christie had a small cushion over a lot of action behind. George Holden eventually muscled the Kawasaki past Robinson, who seemed to be in handling trouble, taking to the grass and gravel exiting Leslie’s. It later transpired that his bike for some reason had become almost unrideable, eventually spitting Stuart Clark out. They would need to sort the problems before race two.

Further down the order, young Scotsman Lewis Nicol was having a great ride chasing down his local championship rival Phil Bell and Andy Peach/Ken Edwards. Phil Bell had to pit late in the race with Carl suffering from arm-pump. He was dejected and very disappointed but determined to make the grid for race two. It was to be a fine fourth place for the Nicol/Gibbon pairing in only their second British Championship race.

Race action

Race leaders Blackstock/Rosney were away with it, posting a time just seven tenths outside Todd Ellis’s lap record, so clearly were in form. Peach/Edwards, Rupert Archer/Phil Hyde and Craig Hauxwell/Derek Taylor had their own fun further down the field, but Peach was rewarded with fifth.

Result

1/ Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney (DHR/Express Tyre Services Yamaha)
2/ Sam/Tom Christie (CES Yamaha)
3/ George Holden/Oscar Lawrence (Holden Racing Kawasaki)
4/ Lewis Nicol/Rhys Gibbon (Nicol Racing Yamaha)
5/ Andy Peach/Ken Edwards (Lifesafety Yamaha)
6/ Rupert Archer/Phil Hyde (Hannafin Adolf RS Yamaha)
7/ Paul/Tom Kirby (Adolf RS Yamaha)
8/ Craig Hauxwell/Derek Taylor (Adolf RS Hazbeans Yamaha).

Race Two

The reverse grid was always going to be interesting into Duffus Dip and we were not disappointed. Craig Hauxwell/Derek Taylor were keen not to repeat their Oulton Park antics as they headed off from pole position.

They did a good job on the opening lap, but George Holden/Oscar Lawrence were on them, as indeed were the Christies. Blackstock/Rosney had a heart-stopping moment after the first warm-up lap with a dead engine. They pushed off the grid and onto the grass, only for it to fire up again. The second warm-up lap gave them the breathing space to take their place.

They had a harder fight through but made it on lap three to take the lead, Behind them however, there was lots going on. Simon Robinson had his handling sorted, and he and Stuart Clark were fighting hard, as indeed was Phil Bell. Carl was in better shape this time and they had a good race.

Race action

The Bell pairing claimed fourth place when the rear tyre of Robinson’s outfit failed on the final lap. Knockhill was a weekend to forget for Robinson and Clark. Young Lewis Nicol/Rhys Gibbon enjoyed a good scrap with Andy Peach/Ken Edwards behind the Bell outfit, and Rupert Archer/Phil Hyde stayed ahead of Paul/Tom Kirby. The Gloucester duo have been steadily improving, are consistent, and the standings reflect their efforts.

Archer and Hyde enjoyed their weekend in Scotland picking up twenty-one points for their trouble. Craig Hauxwell/Derek Taylor, from pole position, slipped to the back of the field, but smiling faces in the “Hazbeans Racing” camp told a great story. Who knows, if there had been prize money, Craig might even have bought some razor blades!!!

Race action

At the flag, Blackstock/Rosney had a two second edge over Sam and Tom Christie, getting to within seven tenths of Todd Ellis’s lap record. Holden/Lawrence were again on the podium in third and that was good to see. Events conspired against a strong entry here, but the ten crews present put on a good show, throwing the title race wide open. When the big guns return from foreign parts, the title race will be very interesting with Brands Hatch next up.

Result

1/ Blackstock/Rosney
2/ Christie/Christie
3/ Holden/Lawrence
4/ Bell/Bell
5/ Peach Edwards
6/ Nicol/Gibbon
7/ Archer/Hyde,
8/ Kirby/Kirby
9/ Hauxwell/Taylor

Standings

Blackstock 90
Christie 72
Ellis 50
Holden 45
Kirby 35
Peach 34
Hauxwell 26
J. Holden 22
Robinson 22
Archer 21
Bell 13
Biggs 10

Round Three comes from Brands Hatch July 22-24.

FIM Sidecars – Ellis/Clement extend series lead in brilliant Hungary

FIM Sidecars – Ellis/Clement extend series lead in brilliant Hungary

FIM Sidecars – Ellis/Clement extend series lead in brilliant Hungary

Podium

The famous Pannoniaring once again played host to the best sidecar racers and passengers in the world, and what a show they put on.

Series leaders by fourteen points at this mid-point of the season Todd Ellis and Emmanuelle Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha) came here with a job to do, and that was to extend their advantage over the Gustoil Yamaha Swiss pairing of Markus Schlosser and Marcel Fries. The reigning champions were not about to go quietly, and the fantastic racing emphasised just that.

Free practice took place on Friday in hot, sunny conditions, with the teams settling in nicely before two Saturday qualifying sessions. Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement ran strongly, separated by three one hundredths of a second from rivals Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries. Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood were also in positive form, with eyes on big points.

Race action

Qualifying – Q1 was a very early start at 8.30am local time. Early or not, everyone was clearly wide awake and ready for action. From the word go, the lap times were up there with the best from free practice.

The Gustoil Yamaha of Schlosser/Fries was the first to dip into the 58’s with Streuer/Kolsch and Kershaw/Charlwood also looking good.

Ellis/Clement however, were in a class of their own, setting the bar at a new level on their second lap. They banged in a 1.55.885 on the Santander Salt Yamaha, pulling in and sitting back after five laps. This time put them well over one second faster than their Swiss rivals.

Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch were fractionally slower than Schlosser, giving them great hope for Q2. Ted and Vincent Peugeot continued their great form with a fantastic time just half a second off that set by Schlosser and fractions off Streuer. Kershaw and Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes were on the pace too with it all to play for next time out.

The second session saw Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood improve into the 57’s, obviously intent on finding a bit more. Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes did the same, improving their time. Meanwhile, Todd Ellis was watching and waiting, as Schlosser/Fries did their utmost to close the gap.

The series leaders took to the track with a few minutes remaining even though they were looking good for pole position. There was no need, and the times from session one held good, proving to be a bridge too far for Markus Schlosser. The teams lined up for the two races with the Santander Salt Yamaha sitting proudly on pole, ahead of Schlosser, Streuer and Kershaw. Peugeot and Payne made up row three.

Ellis/Clement, Schlosser/Fries, Kershaw/Charlwood

Race One

Fifteen laps awaited the crews forming up on the grid, and when the lights went out, the sprint to turn one was a busy one. Ambient temperature was twenty-eight degrees with the track significantly hotter.

Markus Schlosser went in too deep at turn one, and the Ellis/Clement machine was back in business at the front. Benny Streuer sat second at the end of the opening lap. Kershaw/Charlwood were fourth behind the Gustoil Yamaha of Schlosser, but this was a long race. It looked as if Ted Peugeot and Lukas Wyssen were going to repeat their scrap of Spa, as they were once again paired up. Moments later, Schlosser/Fries moved second, but almost two seconds behind the flying Santander Salt Yamaha of Ellis/Clement. Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes took the DAO1886 Yamaha past Peugeot and began to chase down Wyssen.

On lap four, the Schlosser outfit was on the back of Ellis, having chopped a large chunk out of the advantage. Schlosser/Fries were the fastest on track at this point. One third distance and it was Ellis, Schlosser, Streuer, Kershaw, Wyssen, Payne and Peugeot all within six seconds of each other. Then Harry Payne hit trouble with a split exhaust pipe and dropped out of the reckoning. Moments later they were out, their race over.

Still Markus Schlosser stalked Todd Ellis just three tenths adrift of the twenty- seven-year-old championship leader. Half-distance and it was a two-horse race, with Streuer hanging in a full second back. Suddenly the Dutch/German pairing found something extra and the battle at the front became a three-way scrap. Ted Peugeot got second wind and won his duel with Wyssen, relegating the Swiss crew to a familiar sixth position, and once again Streuer dropped off the top two.

Race action

Kevin Cable/Charlie Richardson held ninth and last place but continued to earn valuable title points for the L&W Racing team. In front of the, Kimeswenger/Sedlacek continued to make a fight of it, but by now the front two were split by just a fraction. With two laps to go, Kershaw was adrift of Streuer, with little chance of passing him before the flag.

Going into the final lap, Ellis had the gap managed at half a second, but Schlosser was always going to fight all the way.

Podium

Result

1/ Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha)
2/ Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries (Gustoil Yamaha)
3/ Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch (Bonovo Action Yamaha)
4/ Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood (Quattro Yamaha)
5/ Ted Peugeot/Vincent Peugeot (LCR Yamaha)
6/ Lukas Wyssen/Thomas Hofer (Gustoil Yamaha)
7/ Peter Kimeswenger/Ondrej Sedlacek (LCR Yamaha)
8/ Kevin Cable/Charlie Richardson (L&W Yamaha),
9/ Claude Vinet/Sebastian Arifon (LCR Yamaha),

Race Two

All mechanical gremlins fixed, the grid was complete for the second outing and the weather was once again hot, if not hotter. Harry Payne had shown he could run well, so needed to make amends this time out. Fifteen laps was the scheduled race distance, with Markus Schlosser desperate to find an answer to the young Santander Salt teamsters. He knew at this stage of the season, he needed to stay close in the points. It was a tight thing in the drag to turn one, with Ellis nosing ahead of Schlosser, Streuer and Kershaw.

Payne/Wilkes got the better of Ted Peugeot and moved to fifth. At the end of lap one, Ellis/Clement enjoyed half a second over the Swiss. Lap three, and Kershaw/Charlwood had the Quattro Yamaha into third and began to ease
away from former champion Streuer. Harry Payne had the DAO1886 Yamaha fixed and flying in fifth ahead of Peugeot, Lukas Wyssen and Kevin Cable/Chaz Richardson. Ted/Vincent Peugeot were in the slipstream of Harry
Payne, sensing a move was possible, as Todd Ellis maintained a slender two-tenths over Schlosser. The elastic stretched and contracted, but Ellis/Clement kept the Santander Salt Yamaha ahead as they approached half race distance.

Race action

Steve Kershaw meanwhile was holding a good potential podium spot, only to lose it to Streuer as they began lap eight. There was nothing between the leading pair of outfits as they flashed over the line to begin lap nine. Kevin Cable was having a good scrap with Claude Vinet, as Harry Payne slipped back out of contention, leaving Ted Peugeot in a fine fifth place. This was a close race with just six seconds splitting the top six teams after twenty minutes of racing.

Ellis would need to hold his nerve as the Swiss once again closed in. They had been locked together for the entire race with Ellis fractionally ahead on lap times. Then drama on lap 12, as Streuer emerged leader with Ellis second. Schlosser had muscled past Ellis who dipped onto the grass, only for Ellis to return the compliment at the next turn. Streuer had posted the fastest lap of the race and it paid off. He was able to profit from the close fight between the two leaders. On the final lap, the lead gap was over one second with Schlosser down in fourth. Kershaw was in a provisional podium spot but lost out to the Swiss in the closing stages. Ellis in second place, increased his title lead, with Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch on the top step of the podium. Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes had another problem which dropped them behind Lukas Wyssen/Thomas Hofer into seventh, with Kevin Cable/Charlie Richardson also losing their battle with Vinet/Arifon.

Race action

Result

1/ Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch
2/ Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement
3/ Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries
4/ Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood
5/ Ted Peugeot/Vincent Peugeot
6/ Lukas Wyssen/Thomas Hofer
7/ Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes
8/ Claude Vinet/Sebastien Arifon
9/ Kevin Cable/Charlie Richardson
10/ Peter Kimeswenger/Ondrej Sedlacek

Championship standings

Ellis/Clement 185
Schlosser 162
Kershaw 105
Streuer/Kolsch 91
Wyssen/Hofer 80
Peugeot 69
Reeves 68
Cable 49
Payne 46
Vinet 41
(Full standing as per FIM Website)

Round five is next weekend from Croatia June 24-26.

Photo credit: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

FIM Sidecars – Pannoniaring in Hungary in one week for Ellis and Clement

FIM Sidecars – Pannoniaring in Hungary in one week for Ellis and Clement

FIM Sidecars – Pannoniaring in Hungary in one week for Ellis and Clement

Race action from Hungary

Off the back of their first double victory in World Championship racing, the young series leaders head for Hungary to defend and hopefully extend their fourteen-point lead. June 17-19 is the date for this fourth-round clash with a British Championship event in Knockhill, Scotland.

Certain teams will have a difficult decision to make. One thing is for sure, all the top crews in the hunt will be making the trip.

Markus Schlosser and Marcel Fries will doubtless have a clear mission, that being to arrest the charge by the last year’s runners-up.

Schlosser / Fries

Steve Kershaw and Ryan Charlwood have replaced Tim Reeves and Kevin Rousseau in third place, having visited the podium in Spa with the Quattro Yamaha.

Totally impressive were Swiss Gustoil team-mates to Schlosser, Lukas Wyssen and Thomas Hofer. They spent the entire weekend in Belgium locked in a battle with the nineteen-year-old Ted Peugeot and his father Vincent. For this French team to miss any future rounds due to financial constraints would be nothing short of a tragedy, and we all hope they continue their brilliant season in Hungary.

Benny Streuer and Kevin Kolsch were very fast in Belgium, and coming from a shaky start to the season, find themselves in sixth place ahead of Peugeot. Kevin Cable and Charlie Richardson must be shaking themselves after a stunning performance in Spa. They are in eighth with the L&W Yamaha. This is an incredible feat and one which they should be proud of.

Action from Pannoniaring 2021

It is to be hoped that Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes will appear after their TT debut and resume the challenge of regaining lost ground.

The intrepid TV crew will once again capture the action, with lots of on-board and detailed footage for screening through the agreed TV contracts.

Photo credit: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

British F1: Knockhill awaits as Blackstock/Rosney eye up series lead 17-19 June

British F1: Knockhill awaits as Blackstock/Rosney eye up series lead 17-19 June

British F1: Knockhill awaits as Blackstock/Rosney eye up series lead 17-19 June

Blackstock/Rosney

The Isle of Man TT has come and gone, the FIM World Championship has seen three rounds of great action involving last year’s top four teams, and now it is time to resume the domestic series at the popular Fife circuit of Knockhill.

Paddy Rosney must surely be to amass as many points as possible in the absence of series leaders Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement. The Santander Salt duo will be defending their fourteen-point lead in the FIM World Championship in Hungary, leaving the door open for others to capitalise.

The Birchall Brothers Ben and Tom were early entries in Scotland, with their focus being to retain their British title. For 2022 they also plan to contest selected World rounds, but having missed just the Oulton Park opener, the appeal to stay at home is obvious. That opinion is shared by Birchall Racing team-mates Craig Currie and Justin Sharpe, although a good appearance at the Estoril World finale last season whetted their appetites for more international action.

Race action from Oulton

Back here, the British title race looks strong, with any number of fast, reliable teams able to score consistently at every round. Most prolific of those are, as stated, Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney. The DHR/Express Tyre Services Rishton based pair have shown a great ability to run at the front and mix it with just about anyone. Their time as a team over several seasons has resulted in a good understanding and mutual desire to win. They could easily be dark horses for a debut title if they finish every race strongly. Twice runners-up at Oulton gave them a great start in that regard. Santander Salt’s Rob Biggs/Jeroen Schmitz will defend team honours in Scotland and have a good record on the Knockhill circuit. John Holden and Jason Pitt ran their TT outfit at Oulton Park, with a question mark over future appearances on the long chassis. Nonetheless, they emerged fourth overall, just ten points behind Sam and Tom Christie. The Beverley brothers are regular front runners with the potential to spring a surprise at season end.

Previously there were no planned British Championship appearances for either Tim Reeves or Steve Kershaw, both choosing to focus on either the World Championship, or in the case of Reeves, Germany. That is where his sponsor is active, so it made commercial, if not sporting sense to stay in his back garden.

Bonovo Action - Tim Reeves and Kevin Rousseau

However, a late entry will now see the eight-times World Champion line up on the grid in Scotland. The lure of real competition against top line rivals is surely what all top sportsmen and women aspire to and relish? One thing is for sure, we now have greater strength in depth at our disposal than for many years. The prospect of most of those main British crews getting stuck in at Knockhill will indeed be a sight to behold.

There are also some new names earning reputations this season, and they will be in Scotland enhancing those credentials. Simon Robinson, former F2 Champion has taken to the long bike well, with Mick Fairhurst doing a
great job alongside. George Holden and Oscar Lawrence have moved to Kawasaki power and claimed a fourth place at Oulton Park after a race one DNF spoiled their day. Cupar’s Lewis Nicol and Rhys Gibbon wave the Saltire for Scotland and must surely know their way round Knockhill.

FIM Sidecars – Ellis and Clement do the double in the Ardennes

FIM Sidecars – Ellis and Clement do the double in the Ardennes

FIM Sidecars – Ellis and Clement do the double in the Ardennes

Schlosser / Fries race action at Spa

No fewer than seventeen crews took to the grid for this, the third round of the 2022 FIM Sidecar World Championship. Absent on Isle of Man TT duty were Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau and Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes. Ordinarily, it might easily have been a case of “when the cat’s away”, but the two crews at the top of the standings maintained the pace which got them there and starred once more in Belgium.

Free practice saw Todd Ellis and Emmanuelle Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha) edge out Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries (Gustoil Yamaha) and Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch (Bonovo Action Yamaha) to the tune of half a second.

Bonovo action at Spa

Qualifying was a different story, with Ellis/Clement eking out a full two and a half seconds ahead of Streuer, Schlosser and Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood (Quattro Yamaha). The absence of Tim Reeves was not lost on the Scotsman, and Kershaw/Charlwood have been steadily improving as the season unfolds. Once again, impressive times were posted by Ted and Vincent Peugeot positioning them as main challengers to the top four.

The second timed session was even more fascinating. Although Ellis fell short of his earlier time, the work was done. Kershaw excelled this time around and was second fastest. Ted Peugeot got completely inspired and shoved Benny Streuer back to fifth. British teams Rob Biggs with stand-in French passenger Max Vasseur (Santander Salt Yamaha) and Kevin Cable and Chaz Richardson (L&W Yamaha) did themselves proud, ending up in the top half with strong grid positions. Ellis took pole from Benny Streuer, with Kershaw and Schlosser on row two.

What we are seeing this year is a changing of the guard and a strong message that given the financial support and recognition, there is a fantastic sport just waiting for new talent to flex its muscles. The level of enthusiasm is exceptional, and the quality of racing high.

Race One

In very warm air and track conditions, the much-awaited start time arrived against a backdrop of World Endurance competitors and an absolutely packed house. Lap one saw Ellis/Clement lead after passing determined hole-shot man Streuer with Kershaw sitting third and defending champions Schlosser/Fries fourth. Less than three seconds split this quartet at the end of lap two.

Rob Biggs and Kevin Cable sat seventh and eighth after brilliant starts, so the British crews were all in the hunt. Rupert Archer/Steve Thomas made good ground climbing to ninth behind Cable/Richardson.

Biggs / Vasseur race action at Spa

Lap four and Schlosser was on the move, less than one second slower than Ellis the race leader. This increase in pace took him past Kershaw and into third place. Moments later, he was in second ahead of Streuer. It was all to play for at the front with Ellis defending his slender four-point advantage in the standings.

Likeable Swiss Lukas Wyssen with Thomas Hofer alongside eased past Ted Peugeot into fifth, albeit seven seconds adrift of Kershaw. There were several distinct battles through the field, with Ellis/Schlosser scrapping for the lead, Streuer and Kershaw similarly engaged, and Wyssen/Peugeot having their fight.

With eight laps completed, Ellis held one and a half seconds over Schlosser, with Kershaw closing in for the final podium place on Streuer. Wyssen and Peugeot were welded together as Biggs/Vasseur held a strong seventh. Lap nine, and Ellis posted his best lap and fastest of the race, easing away from Schlosser who appeared to have no answer for the Santander Salt duo. At this point in the race, the Swiss normally gets second wind, but there was no sign of that here in race one Spa.

Penultimate lap, and the gap was over two seconds, with Ellis showing no sign of easing off the pace. Kershaw/Charlwood still had a chance to grab third from Streuer, but they would need to make it happen soon. This they did in dramatic fashion, moving into the third podium place as they entered the final chicane on the final tour of this iconic circuit.

Ellis/Clement took victory at the flag from Schlosser/Fries by one and a half seconds. A late charge by the Swiss was not enough to nail the young Anglo/French pairing.

Ellis/Clement action at Spa

Result

1/ Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha)
2/ Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries (Gustoil Yamaha
3/ Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood (Quattro Yamaha)
4/ Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch (Bonovo Action Yamaha)
5/ Lukas Wyssen/Thomas Hofer (Gustoil Yamaha)
6/ Ted Peugeot/Vincent Peugeot (FHC Competition Yamaha)
7/ Rob Biggs/Max Vasseur (Santander Salt Yamaha)
8/ Kevin Cable/Charlie Richardson (L&W Yamaha)
9/ Rupert Archer/Steve Thomas (Hannafin Adolf RS Yamaha)
10/ Cedric Pierard/Arnaud Pierard

Race Two

Benny Streuer had another flyer in race two, but it was Schlosser/Fries who headed the pack after the opening lap. Kershaw trailed Ellis, as the first race winners looked for a way past Streuer.

Wyssen and Peugeot seemed to be renewing their scrap for fifth place as Ellis/Clement moved second. The French father and son pairing had clutch issues all race but held on. Just seven tenths split the top two title rivals in the early stages. Three laps in and Kershaw/Charlwood were hunting down Benny Streuer, Rob Biggs/Max Vasseur were closing on in on a slowing Ted Peugeot, and Cable/Richardson were feeling the heat from Rupert Archer.

Wyssen / Hofer race action at Spa

With a new fastest lap, Todd Ellis assumed control at the front, as he and Emmanuelle Clement eased past Schlosser. Tenth place was filled by the Pierard brothers, having another fine ride for Belgium. The scrap between Kevin Cable and Rupert Archer was one of the closest of the race to the halfway point. The L&W Contractors Yamaha of Cable was flying, and he and Charlie Richardson kept their noses in front.

Lap eight, and the Swiss Gustoil Yamaha of Schlosser was right with Ellis/Clement. Kershaw appeared to have dropped out of contention for a podium, but there was still a long way to go.

Schlosser made the move everyone thought was coming, as he slotted past Ellis to go to the front. This positioning would effectively cancel out the advantage earned by Ellis in race one. Stern action was called for, but was it possible?

Archer passed Cable, moving the Hannafin Adolf RS to a great eighth place, as Schlosser extended his lead to three tenths. This was World Championship sidecar racing at its best, with the three fastest crews split by just over two seconds.

Final lap and it had all changed at the front with Ellis once more leading. Kevin Cable had reclaimed eighth, and it was game on to the flag. The winning margin was three-tenths with double victory to Ellis. His title lead is now extended to fourteen points.

Result

1/ Ellis/Clement
2/ Schlosser/Fries
3/ Streuer/Kolsch,
4/ Kershaw/Charlwood
5/ Wyssen/Hofer
6/ Peugeot/Peugeot,
7/ Biggs/Vasseur
8/ Cable/Richardson
9/ Archer/Thomas
10/ Pierard/Pierard

Standings

Ellis 140
Schlosser 126
Kershaw 79
Reeves 68
Wyssen 60
Streuer 50
Peugeot 47
Cable 34
Pierard 32
Payne 31
Leglise 27
Vinet 26
Gallerne 18
Biggs 18
Le Bail 18
Remse 16

Standings are calculated from the FIM website and were correct at the time of going to press.

Round four comes from The Pannoniaring Hungary June 17-19

Photo credit: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

FIM Sidecars – Legendary Spa circuit hosts round three June 2-5th

FIM Sidecars – Legendary Spa circuit hosts round three June 2-5th

FIM Sidecars – Legendary Spa circuit hosts round three June 2-5th

Ellis/Clement

The sight of grand prix sidecars streaming through Eau Rouge and away along the Keppel Straight is a sight to stir even the most passive of motorsport fans. That is what to expect the weekend of June 2-5th when the third round of the FIM Sidecar World Championship again joins the FIM Endurance World Championship, this time at the famous 4.352 miles Ardennes circuit of Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.

Four races are already done with fierce battles up front. Young British star Todd Ellis (Santander Salt Yamaha) and French lady passenger Emmanuelle Clement, hold a slender four-point lead over reigning champions Markus Schlosser and Marcel Fries. The Swiss Gustoil Yamaha team have been as strong as last season, earning universal respect for their skill and determination.

In third place is many times champion Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau who will not improve on his current score. He, along with Ben and Tom Birchall, is competing in the Isle of Man TT, which unfortunately clashes with the Spa event. All efforts were made to slot the dates with other events, but the opportunity to compete alongside another FIM major series was a priority.

Race action from Assen

That will almost certainly leave the door open for fourth place Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood to move up the table on their Quattro Yamaha. The current British Champions have excelled on the world stage, registering strong finishes at every round so far. By far the strongest talent not in the top six is former champion Benny Streuer from the Netherlands. He and Kevin Kolsch are playing catch-up on the Bonovo Yamaha and will be strong contenders in Belgium. They are joined by compatriots Vermeule/Bouius.

Six nations in total feature on the grid with a large French contingent headed by Ted and Vincent Peugeot. The nineteen-year-old, with his father alongside has been a bright light of young talent, with more to come. They sit seventh, just four points off Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes (DAO1886 Yamaha). This latter pair are also entered for the TT and may have to make some hard decisions. We wish them luck.

Five French crews in total join the fray, along with five British and two Swiss teams in the shape of Schlosser and Lukas Wyssen. Rupert Archer/Steve Thomas also wave the flag for the UK and Hannafin, with Kevin Cable/Charlie Richardson performing on their L&W Yamaha. Markus Schwegler/Ondrej Kopecky trek from Germany and Czech Republic respectively, with home honours defended by Belgians Cedric and Arnaud Pierard. A dedicated TV crew will once again record the action for later transmission, with broadcast schedules and destinations already decided in many countries.

Photo credit: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

FIM Sidecars to get global exposure in new deal

FIM Sidecars to get global exposure in new deal

FIM Sidecars to get global exposure in new deal

Race action from Le Mans

RKB-F1 Motorsport is delighted to bring some exciting news to fans and lovers of Grand Prix Sidecar racing worldwide.

Each round of the 2022 FIM Sidecar World Championship will have a half-hour TV show filmed and produced by a dedicated crew and aired across the globe through a variety of channels.

TV exposure is key to the growth and awareness of any sport. It broadens the fan-base and attracts new audiences. It stimulates sponsorship opportunities and opens doors. Sidecar racing is one sport which has suffered historically from a lack of exposure and general understanding. That has turned it into something of a niche sport.

However, if you put that out there for all to see, suddenly the awareness will come. The spectacle of two people climbing all over what resembles a three-wheeled Formula One car, at speeds approaching 150 miles per hour, is something which defies belief.

Put twenty of these missiles together on a track, and things become very interesting indeed.

That is the thinking behind a new arrangement struck with PCG TV (Performance Communication Group) which will significantly increase that exposure. Details of TV distribution already agreed is as listed below.

Main UK broadcaster will be Freesport, secondary broadcaster (4 x weeks later) Sporty Stuff and Ayozat (both Sky channels).
Motorvision TV showing in circa 100 countries (Europe/Asia/Africa)
More than Sports free to air in Germany
MotoRRacing showing in UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland on Samsung TV Plus
MotoRRacing worldwide through Distro TV with 99% viewers in US
MotoRRacing showing Indonesia with LongTV and Transvision

PCG TV continue to work on our behalf to add to this already impressive list of broadcasters. Our sport should now reach more homes than ever before.

Photo credit: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

British F1: Double top and lap record for Ellis and Clement at Oulton Park

British F1: Double top and lap record for Ellis and Clement at Oulton Park

British F1: Double top and lap record for Ellis and Clement at Oulton Park

Race 1 podium

​The opening two races of the 2022 season at a packed Oulton Park gave the spectators good value for money, despite a reduced grid size. Clashes with other events diluted the normally strong attendance. However, it was clear to see the crowds were delighted to be back trackside at BSB, with its full programme of support classes.

Following free practice in which Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement set quickest time on the Santander Salt Yamaha, the sunny conditions which prevailed for two days prior, turned into a grey day with spots of rain in the air just as the outfits rolled out for qualifying.

Thirteen crews were entered, with a good bunch of fast boys intending to give Ellis a run for his money. Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney and Sam/Tom Christie (CES Yamaha) were second and third quickest, with George Holden/Oscar Lawrence (Kawasaki LCR) running a strong fourth. John Holden/Jason Pitt were impressive on their TT F2 chassis with a standard specification motor fitted. Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde were another crew
bedding in their TT LCR Honda, looking not in the slightest rusty.

Qualifying

From the word go, despite tricky conditions, Ellis/Clement were in attack mode, with the Christie brothers giving it their best shot. The race lap-record set by Ben and Tom Birchall last season was the benchmark, and the World Series leaders surpassed that on lap six. A time of 1.43.644 was two tenths inside the record, and that was on a cold and very slightly damp track, which the French lady was seeing for the first time. Behind them, the Christie brothers and Blackstock/Rosney were strong, with George Holden/Oscar Lawrence marginally quicker than Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley on their Rowtech Honda. Always a force to be reckoned with, Pete Founds was his usual determined self.

Rob Biggs and Jeroen Schmitz suffered head gasket failure, with Paul/Tom Kirby out of action with suspected clutch problems on their KRT Racing Yamaha Adolf RS. Both crews were busy in the garage at the close of play, and would do their best to make the grid for the opening race, albeit from the back. So, the front row featured Ellis/Clement and Blackstock/Rosney, from Sam/Tom Christie and George Holden/Oscar Lawrence, then came F2 rivals Founds/Walmsley and Holden/Pitt, with row four carrying Andy Peach/Ken Edwards and Simon Robinson/Mick Fairhurst.

Two ten lap races were scheduled, so there was plenty of opportunity to grab big points. Given there were a couple of clashes between World and British title fights, it was imperative that Todd Ellis scored as many as possible here at the opener.

Race One

Overnight rain fell, but by the time the outfits arrived at the line, the track had seen hectic British Superbike action dry the track. Pole sitters Ellis/Clement got a flyer, chased by Blackstock/Rosney. The Christies were up into third and there they stayed. The speed differential between them and Blackstock was tight but overtaking on the Oulton Park circuit is not easy. Next came Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley. The leading F2 outfit was hassled in the early laps by a hard charging George Holden/Oscar Lawrence.

Holden / Lawrence

There was a new level of determination from the former Bemsee champions, and their bike was fast. They swarmed all over Founds/Walmsley until the 600 Kawasaki let go in a big way, breaking a con-rod. The dry sump configuration contained the oil in the tank, so there was no contamination to the track. That left Pete Founds to make fourth place his, ahead of John Holden/Jason Pitt, who with their standard engine, claimed the fourth place points.

Shawn and Anthony Hildige had a hairy moment exiting Old Hall on lap three, slamming the Armco barrier at 115 MPH before spinning and throwing Anthony from the chair. They were lucky not to go in head-on. This ended their day. Another rare, if not unique situation saw Phil Hyde exit Gary Bryan’s Honda, only to jump straight back in and claim a ninth- place finish.

Simon Robinson/Mick Fairhurst made great strides from a pit-lane start to overhaul Andy Peach/Ken Edwards for sixth place, with Rob Biggs/Jeroen Schmitz still with coolant trouble, not completing a lap. Tom Kirby was feeling the effects of no track-time and found Oulton Park almost a bridge too far in race one, but after a good night’s sleep, had his head in a better place for race two. Nonetheless, they were credited with a finish and points. This pair of Kirbys are committed to the season, and simply need to be more on the bike. Lap times were good, and all the signs are there. They were up there with Craig Hauxwell and Gary Bryan, so they can take encouragement from that.

Hauxwell / Taylor

At the front, Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement were cruising, but banged in a new lap record on their way to victory. They were half a second quicker than Ben and Tom Birchall were this time last year. Blackstock/Rosney and the Christie brothers completed the podium with polished displays.

 

Result

1/ Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha)
2/ Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney (DHR/Express Tyre Services Yamaha)
3/ Sam Christie/Adam Christie (Christie Engineering Services Yamaha)
4/ Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley (Rowtech Honda F2)
5/ John Holden/Jason Pitt (Barnes Racing Yamaha F2)
6/ Simon Robinson/Mick Fairhurst (24/7 Courier Service Yamaha)
7/ Andy Peach/Ken Edwards (Lifesafety Yamaha)
8/ Craig Hauxwell/Derek Taylor (VINYLS 4U Adolf RS Yamaha)
9/ Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde (GBR Honda LCR)
10/ Paul Kirby/Tom Kirby (KRT Racing Yamaha)

Race Two

In keeping with tradition, the reverse grid saw Paul and Tom Kirby on pole position alongside Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde. The first few laps were spectacular, in fact the action surpassed the first race in terms of entertainment. Craig Hauxwell and Derek Taylor went onto the grass at Cascades on lap one, spinning on the gravel and ending up capsized. Neither was hurt, dented pride being the only affliction. Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley were not about to pass up the chance of having top crews behind and led after lap one from Blackstock/Rosney and Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde. Todd Ellis was fifth but on a charge. He was soon up with the leaders and went ahead on lap three.

He and Clement were never to look back, setting another new lap record in the process. They came to within one second of Tim/Tristan Reeves 1000cc best from 2017 with a time of 1.42.987.

Race action

Sam/Tom Christie’s Yamaha was the fastest through the speed traps, and testament to their engineering skills. They fought from eighth on lap one to third at the flag, although it took them five laps to muscle past Pete Founds. Rob Biggs/Jeroen Schmitz spun the other Santander Salt bike, but given the way their weekend had gone, were more than happy to recover and claim ten valuable points. Once the Christies had dispensed with Pete Founds, it was the turn of George Holden/Oscar Lawrence to tangle with the F2 star. Lap after lap he was hassled and harried, but only succumbed in the closing stages, as the youngsters shot by on the final lap. This scrap, with Holden junior using the spare engine – in his own words “an old motor”, was almost the highlight of the race.

Simon Robinson/Mick Fairhurst did another great job, bringing it home in sixth, ahead of Biggs and John Holden/Jason Pitt on their resplendent TT bike. Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde, along with pole men the battling Kirbys, completed the top ten, with another eight championship points going to the latter crew. They emerged from Oulton in sixth place overall – get in!!!

Ellis / Clement

Andy Peach/Ken Edwards, after scoring well in the opener, were deemed non-finishers along with Hauxwell/Taylor. All in all, given the shortage of entries due to alternative event clashes and TT preparation, the racing was good, if a little eventful, with the Ellis/Clement bringing their World series class to bear in emphatic style.

Result

1/ Ellis/Clement
2/ Blackstock/Rosney
3/ Christie/Christie
4/ Holden/Lawrence
5/ Founds/Walmsley
6/ Robinson/Fairhurst
7/Biggs/Schmitz
8/ Holden/pit
9/ Bryan/Hyde
10/ Kirby/Kirby

Standings

Ellis/Clement 50
Blackstock/Rosney 40
Christie/Christie 32
Holden/Pitt 22
Robinson/Fairhurst 22
Kirby/Kirby 16
Holden/Lawrence 13
Biggs/Schmitz 10
Peach/Edwards 10
Hauxwell/Taylor 9

Round Two comes from north of the border at Knockhill, Fife, June 17-19.

FIM Sidecars: Ellis and Schlosser rule and impress in glorious Assen

FIM Sidecars: Ellis and Schlosser rule and impress in glorious Assen

FIM Sidecars: Ellis and Schlosser rule and impress in glorious Assen

Race action from Assen

The Netherlands has been a hot bed of sidecar activity for decades, producing four World Championship victories in the hands of triple winner Egbert Streuer and more recently his son Benny.

The Assen circuit once again played host to the sidecar fraternity on the World Superbike stage, and a fantastic weekend resulted. Both qualifying sessions took place late in the day on Friday in near perfect weather conditions, albeit with a strong breeze gusting around.

Qualifying

In the first session, Champions Schlosser/Fries (Gustoil Yamaha) made the early running with Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha) in close company. A time of 1.43.892 seemed to be the standard, until Schlosser banged in a 1.43.700. Streuer (Bonovo Action Yamaha) was also strong. Kershaw/Charlwood Quattro Yamaha) sat sixth fastest, but it was clear there was more to come from all the crews. Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau set a very good 1.44.037 on their tenth tour. It was Todd Ellis however who grabbed the best time in the closing stages with stunning 1.43.255.

Race action from Assen

Session two, and the bar was raised slightly with a real sense of urgency from the key players. Ellis’s time was going to be hard to beat, but the gloves were off. Schlosser improved, Benny Streuer moved third and Tim Reeves placed fourth, but looked menacing. Suddenly Reeves was upping his game and Todd Ellis looked threatened. Could either crew find a fraction more with minutes left to go?

One lap remaining, and it was now or never for eight times champion Reeves. Into the closing moments and it was indeed Ellis on pole, from Reeves, then Schlosser from Streuer with Kershaw fifth and Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes sixth. Wyssen sat seventh and Ted Peugeot eighth. The Reeves challenge had been strong but missed the mark by a fraction.

Race One

Sun and wind prevailed in large doses on Saturday, and a full grandstand appreciated the efforts of the FIM Sidecars. They were here to watch world-class racing and were not disappointed.

From the off, there were six teams in line astern with pole sitters Ellis/Clement leading the freight-train. Behind them came the Bonovo Action multiple champion Reeves chased by an impressive Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch, with the reigning champions Schlosser/Fries hanging onto fourth ahead of Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood.

Also in close company came Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes (DAO 1886 Yamaha) and a determined Ted/Vincent Peugeot (FHC Competition Yamaha).

This convoy was mightily impressive, watched by a hugely supportive crowd in the grandstand.

Lap three and Reeves was ahead, only for Ellis to reclaim the place for the next three laps. Then it was Reeves again, just as Schlosser began to close on Streuer. Lap seven saw Reeves back in front with Streuer making a move resulting in some contact in the busy action at the front. This left the Dutchman a fuming and damaged apparent victim. He maintained he had the speed to take the lead, and in his fifteen years, had never run into anyone. His fairing mounting was broken causing it to shake about and rub on the rear tyre. From then on it was damage limitation for the mild-mannered former champion.

Kershaw/Charlwood picked him off, relegating him to fifth, and that is where he stayed. Schlosser fought past Ellis to set after Reeves. Ellis went with him, and Reeves slipped back to third. There was no looking back for the Swiss pair as they stormed to victory from Ellis, moving into a one-point series lead. A brave and still battered Harry Payne claimed sixth place from another stylish Swiss Lukas Wyssen. He and passenger Thomas Hofer looked good on track and when interviewed, said there was more to come.

This was a great example of the close level of competition now prevalent in this rejuvenated FIM World Championship.

Schlosser/Fries win the race

Result
1/ Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries (Gustoil Yamaha)
2/ Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha
3/ Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau (Bonovo Action Yamaha)
4/ Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood (Quattro Yamaha)
5/ Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch (Bonovo Action Yamaha)
6/ Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes (DAO 1886 Yamaha)
7/ Lukas Wyssen/Thomas Hofer (Gustoil Yamaha)
8/ Ted Peugeot/Vincent Peugeot (FHC Competition Yamaha)
9/ Cedric Pierard/Arnaud Pierard (Pierard Yamaha)
10/ Kevin Cable/Charlie Richardson (LW Racing Yamaha)

Race Two

More strong wind and sunshine set the scene for this one, with Reeves/Rousseau making another flyer off the line. Eager to get the job done, Ellis/Clement grabbed the lead on lap one. Reeves was back in front next time around and it was game on. Streuer was into third, slipping by Kershaw/Charlwood, with Schlosser sitting fifth.

Once again, the sight of this convoy of outfits streaming down the Assen main straight was something to behold. The grandstand was still packed from the WSBK races, and the Dutch love their sidecars.

Lap five, and Kershaw had relegated Streuer and were in a podium slot, as Schlosser also began to pressurise the Dutchman. Ellis moved to the front after shadowing Reeves for four laps.

Race action from Assen

Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes came next with the bit between their teeth, involved with Peugeot and Wyssen. They were to break free, make good ground, and claim an amazing finish on a bike which had to be completely rebuilt en-route from Le Mans.

At the front, Ellis displayed a mature and calculated attitude, pulling away from Tim Reeves, never to look back. Schlosser was on the move, with Kershaw slipping backwards having taken the best out of his tyres. Payne assumed his fourth place, as Schlosser closed in on Reeves. Ellis was six seconds clear at the flag, restoring his series lead to four points, with Tim Reeves still searching for an elusive victory. Schlosser was once again his impeccable self, fully aware he has a battle on his hands to retain his title. Benny Streuer is back to full fitness and form, so expect to see him hard at it as the season progresses. He and Kevin Kolsch look a class act together. Given the shortage of entries early in the season, this 2022 championship has all the hallmarks of being an epic one.

Ellis/Clement

Result
1/ Ellis/Clement
2/ Schlosser/Fries
3/ Reeves/Rousseau
4/ Payne/Wilkes
5/ Streuer/Kolsch
6/ Kershaw/Charlwood
7/ Wyssen/Hofer
8/ Peugeot/Peugeot
9/ Leglise/Farnier
10/ Remse/Weschelberger

Championship standings
Ellis/Clement 90
Schlosser/Fries 86
Reeves/Rousseau 68
Kershaw/Charlwood 49
Wyssen/Hofer 38
Payne/Wilkes 31
Peugeot/Peugeot 27
Leglise/Farnier 27
Streuer/Kolsch 22
Pierard/Pierard 20
Cable/Richardson 18
Remse/Weschelberger 16

Full standings will be available on the FIM-Moto Sport website as they become available.

Round Three takes place June 4-5th on the Spa Francorchamps circuit, sharing the stage once more with the FIM World Endurance Championship.

Photo credit: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

FIM Sidecars: Cathedral of Speed gets ready for round two April 23-24

FIM Sidecars: Cathedral of Speed gets ready for round two April 23-24

FIM Sidecars: Cathedral of Speed gets ready for round two April 23-24

Race one action from Assen

The first of two appearances with the FIM Superbike World Championship takes place at the famous Assen circuit in The Netherlands over the weekend of April 23-24. Hot on the heels of the Le Mans opener, the battle for honours is already taking shape as we might have expected. This was always going to be a stellar season.

Defending Champions Markus Schlosser and Marcel Fries (Gustoil Yamaha) started the defence of their title with a hard-fought podium and a brilliant race two victory in France. It was not good enough to come away top scorers however, as Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha) edged into the series lead with one victory and a second place.

Eight times Champion Tim Reeves with Kevin Rousseau alongside, was in the running with them but came out third best on the day. He is something of an Assen specialist so will be looking to make amends next weekend. By his own admission, there is doubt as to whether he will contest the remainder of the World Championship season, so a good result in Assen could well influence that decision.

Steve Kershaw and Ryan Charlwood had the Quattro Yamaha on song and will certainly be aiming for podium spots at the very least. This duo has something of a reputation for biding their time watching and waiting. The crowd in Assen will be a big one, as just as with France, bike and sidecar fans have been starved of live race action during the pandemic and are clearly making up for lost time.

Entries have been building steadily, but the core group of serious contenders from the UK, France, Germany, and Switzerland will be in action, along with a strong contingent of Dutch entries headed by former Champion Benny Streuer. He and Kevin Kolsch have work to do following a disastrous opener in Le Mans.

With two races on the programme late in the day Saturday and Sunday, fifty more points are there for the taking on one of the most charismatic circuits in the world.

A dedicated TV crew will record the action for later transmission, with broadcast schedules and destinations currently under negotiation.

Photo credit: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

FIM Sidecars: Ellis/Clement leave Le Mans as championship leaders

FIM Sidecars: Ellis/Clement leave Le Mans as championship leaders

FIM Sidecars: Ellis/Clement leave Le Mans as championship leaders

Race action from Le Mans

The long wait for race action did not disappoint in France. The weather was perfect for the two races, and all the top teams completed qualifying successfully with one exception.

Qualifying

The first session times were very close, with just eight tenths of one second splitting the top five. Previous new lap record holders Ted and Vincent Peugeot had their eyes opened with the pace, as they ended up sixth fastest behind Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau. A brilliant effort by Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes found them top of the pile just over one tenth quicker than Todd Ellis and Emmanuelle Clement. Reigning Champions Schlosser/Fries came next ahead of Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood.

Session two was on a much hotter track, and that proved interesting. Schlosser/Fries turned the tables on Harry Payne and Mark Wilkes to head the times, but generally speeds were a little slower than earlier. Sadly, the Manxmen were to crash with four laps remaining. Harry Payne received treatment at the track, but escaped with bruises, cuts and lacerations to his face. Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch found a bit more speed to go third.

Streuer/Kölsch

Race One

Glorious weather and temperatures in the low twenties prevailed, but that was not in the mind of the teams as the lights went out. The Bugatti circuit is a favourite with many, and the atmosphere was tense. Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes were non-starters, but immediately got on with the job of sorting their wrecked machine for race two.

Reigning champions Markus Schlosser started from pitlane with a problem and was obliged to fight his way through the field. This was an immense task which he and his passenger Marcel Fries rose to with style.

Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau made another of their electrifying starts, chased by Toss Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement. Then came a very rapid Streuer/Kolsch from Ted Peugeot and Steve Kershaw.

Reeves/Rousseau

This leading group were tied together for lap after lap as Schlosser/Fries battled through. They were making up one place each lap, but the job got harder as they neared the front. Reeves and Ellis were neck and neck on lap fourteen, when Ellis made his move on Reeves to go ahead. Once in front, the Santander Salt pair rode sensibly, stretching the gap on each of the closing laps. It was a perfectly measured performance with maximum points
to kick-start the season. Streuer was riding well with a podium very much on the cards. He then had a bit of a wobble, with contact affecting Steve Kershaw, throwing him out of his rhythm. This dropped the Scot into the clutches of Schlosser who claimed the final podium place after a sensational race from bog last. Streuer’s race was then effectively over, after such a strong start.

The battle further down was equally enthralling with Kevin Cable/Chaz Richardson claiming a fine eighth behind Vinet, Leglise, and Wyssen. Harry Payne and Mark Wilkes, despite their enormous qualifying crash, were still working hard to make the bike fit for race two while all this drama was unfolding on track. This was a fine race for Ellis/Clement to get their season underway and the crowd appreciated the team’s efforts with whistles and applause on the slow-down lap.

Reeves showed he has lost none of his determination but must surely know this will be another tough year in a sport which he has ruled supreme for so long.

Ellis/Clement race winners on the podium

Result

1/ Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha)
2/ Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau (Bonovo Action Adolf RS Yamaha)
3/ Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries (Gustoil Team Yamaha)
4/ Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood (Kershaw Racing Yamaha)
5/ Lukas Wyssen/Thomas Hofer (Gustoil Team Yamaha)
6/ Paul Leglise/Melanie Farnier (521 Competition Yamaha)
7/ Claude Vinet/Cyril Vinet (Team Vinet LCR Yamaha)
8/ Kevin Cable/Charlie Richardson (LW Racing Yamaha)
9/ Phillipe Le Bail/Serge Leveau (Team Auto LCR Yamaha)
10/ Stephane Gadet/Valentin Pirat (LCR Kawasaki)

Race Two

A huge crowd was in place for the second encounter, as the 24 hr Endurance race was due on track immediately after the sidecars. Nonetheless, the French love their sidecar racing and were ecstatic throughout the thoroughly entertaining eighteen laps.

From the lights it was a thrilling run to the first chicane, as Todd Ellis Emmanuelle Clement narrowly headed Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau. Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries. Kershaw/Charlwood sat fourth very much in touch, with Ted/Vincent Peugeot fifth ahead of the first all-French crew Paul Leglise/Melanie Farnier.

Peugeot / Peugeot

Reeves made a pass to go ahead briefly, but Ellis regained control with Schlosser following through. Still Kershaw/Charlwood hung in strongly, and Reeves/Rousseau spent the remainder of the race fending off attacks from the Quattro teamsters.

Lap after lap the freight-train at the front streamed through the turns and flew along the straights in a tightly-knit convoy, with Ellis/Clement eventually succumbing to the Swiss Gustoil crew of Schlosser/Fries.

Third in the first race from the back of the grid says everything about the speed of this pair, and they lived up to that reputation. Their style and smoothness was impressive to watch. Ellis/Clement rode another mature race knowing that runner-up spot would give them the title lead, with Reeves/Rousseau secure in third provided they stayed there.

Kershaw had his nose alongside a couple of times, but the eight-times champion did enough to hold the place.

Kershaw Racing

Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes started from the back of the grid on a twenty-year-old RCN chassis, and fought through for an amazing eighth place, battered and bruised. Benny Streuer/Kevin Kolsch were fast, but their weekend was to be a nightmare and one to forget, with incidents in both races rewarding them with a paltry three points.

Wyssen/Hofer had a good weekend to back up their Gustoil champion team- mates to come away fifth in the standings for Switzerland.

The Peugeot family team had another great ride, with the nineteen-year-old Ted showing maturity beyond his years. Sad to say they will not contest all the rounds due to financial reasons. This is another young talent France, and the sport, dearly needs in the series. France did themselves proud with Paul Leglise and Melanie Farnier taking two strong sixth place finishes to register twenty points.

Talking of young talent, last year’s runners-up Ellis/Clement left Le Mans as championship leaders with seven rounds ahead of them.

Schlosser/Fries race winners on the podium

Result

1/ Schlosser/Fries
2/ Ellis/Clement
3/ Reeves/Rousseau
4/ Kershaw/Charlwood
5/ Peugeot/Peugeot
6/ Leglise/Farnier
7/ Wyssen/Hofer
8/ Payne/Wilkes
9/ Remse/Wechelberger
10/ Pierard/Pierard

Standings

Ellis 45
Schlosser 41
Reeves 36
Kershaw 26
Wyssen 20
Leglise 20
Vinet 13
Peugeot 12
Le Bail 11
Remse 10
Pierard 10
Gadet 8
Gallerne 8
Cable 8
Payne 8
Streuer 3

Round Two is next weekend April 23-24 from Assen Netherlands.

Photo credits: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

FIM Sidecars: Le Mans Bugatti Circuit poised to welcome 2022 opener

FIM Sidecars: Le Mans Bugatti Circuit poised to welcome 2022 opener

FIM Sidecars: Le Mans Bugatti Circuit poised to welcome 2022 opener

Race action from Le Mans

The weekend of April 15-17 sees the traditional Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for solo teams contesting the 2022 WEC series. Against this prestigious backdrop, the FIM Sidecar World Championship gets underway with two races on their programme.

It has been a long, hard winter with the usual off-track battles to secure funding and the necessary support by all the teams.

The uncertain climate in the wake of the global pandemic has shaken confidence and security across the sporting world, and this has had its impact on entries for the opening round. Despite this, we have fifteen crews confirmed, with a few late entries pending. All the key players apart from one team, will be making the trip to France to battle for points.

Five times Champion Pekka Pavairinta has much needed surgery on an upper arm/shoulder injury keeping him out of action for the early part of the season, and that will make a dent in the front-running pack. That apart, expect to see and strong scrap up front as Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau (Bonovo Action Adolf RS Yamaha) push for a ninth title for Tim, edging him closer to Steve Webster’s record.

The vastly experienced reigning champions Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries (Gustoil Yamaha) showed a devastating level of speed and consistency last season and will be hoping to pick up where they left off. Never fast starters,
they were methodical in their race-craft, often leaving it until the final lap before making the move.

Former Champion Benny Streuer joined by German Kevin Kolsch is the sole Dutch contestant and now fully recovered from injury, is bound to be a force. Last year’s runners-up, the Santander Salt pairing of Todd Ellis and Emmanuelle Clement have additional help from Faye Ho’s FHO squad for 2022 and now sport new livery. They will be focussed on a good start to the new season, with championship glory in their sights. The young pair have the speed, they work well together, and must be one of the title favourites. Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood (Kershaw Racing Yamaha) were also consistently in the mix last year but will need to raise their game even more to stay regularly with the front pack. That is something which will be at the forefront of their minds. Their strategy of sitting back and watching and waiting has stood them in good stead thus far.

Fastest of the locals is likely to be Ted Peugeot who does a great job with his father Vincent holding down his exuberance.

Newcomers Harry Payne and Mark Wilkes were outstanding in the final races of 2021. They return to the fray with every intention of making it a regular occurrence, as well as joining Tim Reeves and Kevin Rousseau at the Isle of Man TT.

Kevin Cable lines up with evergreen Charlie Richardson alongside for his second season. Now familiar with the tracks and the world scene, Kevin will surely be in for a productive and satisfying season if he displays the consistency and speed of last year.

Young Swiss Lukas Wyssen with Thomas Hofer in the chair will be on the tail of the leading bunch with promise of more to come from the Gustoil Racing teamsters. Add to these, a bunch of five other French challengers, and the scene is set for a battle royal, with race one on Friday, and race two Saturday morning before the Endurance race gets underway.

Photo credits: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

British F1: Cadwell Sidecar Revival is not far away – get on board

British F1: Cadwell Sidecar Revival is not far away – get on board

British F1: Cadwell Sidecar Revival is not far away – get on board

Race action from Cadwell Park Revival

The way time is running, we will be into full swing with racing action before we know it. Our season kicks off at Oulton Park, with Knockhill and Brands Hatch the next up. It is then off to Cadwell Park for the excitement and spectacle of the Sidecar Revival Festival.

The early August date is guaranteed to appeal to all sidecar fans, who have demonstrated in previous years how much they welcome the variety of outfits and personalities on show.

Given the difficult circumstances surrounding the past two seasons, we are determined to make this the best Revival ever, and for that reason we urge all owners of modern, classic, and period sidecar outfits to enter or become involved. There are classes for virtually all types of racing outfits from F1 British Championship spec. machinery to the grass roots bikes in the BHR Bears category.

If there is no specific class available for your machine in terms of actual competition then why not come along and join in the parades. This event has become a standard in the annual calendar with stars from far and wide joining in the fun.

Entries for the event are open and there is already strong interest, but the more the merrier, and we are keen to make this another memorable event. If you’ve registered before on the Bemsee website, then just go to www.bemsee.net and click on “Race Entries”.

If you are a new entry for the Revival you will need to register on the site and then will be free to enter the meeting.

Molson Championship dates are as below.

April 30/May 2 Oulton Park
June 17-19 Knockhill
July 22-24 Brands Hatch
August 5-7 Cadwell Revival
August 12-14 Thruxton
August 27-29 Cadwell Park
September 9-11 Snetterton
Sept 30-Oct 2 Donington Park
October 14-16 Brands Hatch

 

FIM Sidecars: Four short weeks and we will all be in Le Mans

FIM Sidecars: Four short weeks and we will all be in Le Mans

FIM Sidecars: Four short weeks and we will all be in Le Mans

Todd Ellis

Suddenly the new FIM Sidecar World Championship is almost here with the opening round scheduled over the weekend of 14-16 April in Le Mans.

2021 saw an exceptionally close five-way battle, possibly the tightest for years. All bets are off for 2022 because those hungry young guns are back, whilst the old guard, including the reigning and former champions, are all determined to retain or reclaim the title.

Reputations are at stake, crowns are there to be knocked off, and new names are lining up to become part of sidecar racing history.

It is stimulating and inspiring to see the element of competition so strong in a sport which in recent years has been somewhat in the shadows.

An eight-round championship in as many different countries promises the most ambitious and varied season for years. Align that to the world-famous circuits involved, many of them Grand Prix venues and the fact that four rounds are alongside FIM World Championship premier events, and it is clear to see how far the championship has come since Roger Body and his RKB-F1 Motorsport team became promoters in 2020.

It is vital we maximise entries for the new season. Strong grids featured towards the close of 2021 and we are keen to continue that momentum.

Television coverage will be enhanced for the new season, with highlights shows under discussion for each round.

The on-line entry portal is open, so with a matter of a few weeks remaining, we urge all interested and competitive teams to visit the website at https://www.fim-world-sidecar.com/register-enter/

Photo credits: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

British F1: Cadwell Sidecar Revival is coming in August – don’t miss it

British F1: Cadwell Sidecar Revival is coming in August – don’t miss it

British F1: Cadwell Sidecar Revival is coming in August – don’t miss it

Cadwell Park flags

With all eyes on a full Molson Group British Championship in 2022, it’s important to note the fourth round will be at the popular and now well-established Cadwell Park Sidecar Revival.

This event has become a favourite with teams and spectators alike, and with restrictions imposed by two years of pandemic now easing, the entry is expected to be bigger than ever.

Classes over the weekend are as before, with the FSRA British F2’s and Wintec Pre-Injection brigade featuring strongly. Bemsee F1 and F2 outfits add to the spectacle, along with the ever popular and thunderous Camathias Cup and BHR Bears outfits completing the supporting line-up.

Grand Prix Legends and historic outfits will parade as before, with several former World Champions appearing in person.

Add to this the Molson Group Championship runners with the series at the half-way stage and this is bound to be another memorable weekend.

Entries for the event are already open. If you’ve registered before on the Bemsee website, then just go to www.bemsee.net and click on “Race Entries”.

If you are a new entry for the Revival you will need to register on the site and then will be free to enter the meeting.

Molson Championship dates are as below.

April 30/May 2 Oulton Park
June 17-19 Knockhill
July 22-24 Brands Hatch
August 5-7 Cadwell Revival
August 12-14 Thruxton
August 27-29 Cadwell Park
September 9-11 Snetterton
Sept 30-Oct 2 Donington Park
October 14-16 Brands Hatch

 

British F1: Santander Salt Racing announces new initiative with FHO Racing

British F1: Santander Salt Racing announces new initiative with FHO Racing

British F1: Santander Salt Racing announces new initiative with FHO Racing

Ellis / Clement

Santander Salt Racing announces new initiative with FHO Racing putting Ellis, Biggs and Nixon in FHO colours. Roger Body with his Santander Salt Racing team has forged a new collaborative agreement with Faye Ho and her FHO Racing Team.

Faye’s prominence in the BSB paddock continues apace announcing that Pirelli Junior Superstock Champion Jack Nixon will step up to ride for the FHO Racing Team in the Pirelli National Superstock class on a BMW M1000RR machine.

The 20-year-old from Folkestone took seven victories and a further five podiums on his way to last year’s title riding the Santander Salt Yamaha R6 courtesy of Roger Body’s Kent-based operation. Alongside his significant commitment to the World and British Sidecar Championships, Roger’s involvement with Jack remains ongoing. He will take an even keener interest in this next level of competition, forging yet another connection with a high-profile Superbike team.

The National Superstock class is arguable the most challenging and strongly disputed in the paddock with a wealth of talented and experienced riders, mixing it with many stars of the future. All are mounted on highly competitive machinery from the top manufacturers. This will be a steep learning curve for Jack Nixon, and he relishes the task ahead.

The collaboration between Faye Ho and Roger Body does not stop there. The distinctive colour scheme and livery of FHO Racing will also adorn the Santander Salt World and British sidecar racing teams.

Faye Ho’s initiative and enthusiasm for promoting women in sport is manifested in the three young women who will wear her colours in the Hel Performance Junior Supersport class, and the Honda British Talent Cup. She has now extended that female portfolio with the inclusion of sidecar star Todd Ellis’s French passenger Emmanuelle Clement, who will once again partner Ellis in their second season together.

Runners-up last year, they are of one single mind as to the goal for 2022. One year later, most of the tracks will now be familiar, the young pairing have their rookie season behind them, and they have high hopes of championship success.

All parties in this new initiative are immensely excited about the year ahead, with Nixon understandably circumspect but realistic.

Jack commented: “Stepping up to the 1000cc class is going to be a steep learning curve for me, but I will use the chance wisely and get as much time on the bike as possible before official testing. It is a massive opportunity with such an important team, and I want to thank Faye Ho for her faith and confidence in me. You can see how much effort and investment she has put in already, and I am really looking forward to being part of that. I also am hugely grateful to Roger Body of Santander Salt for his support right from my early days in the BSB paddock. He has known my family for many years from the sidecar GP days, and that connection has been a fantastic help”.

FHO Team Owner Faye Ho added: “I am really happy to welcome Jack to our line-up for the coming season. I like to give young talent an opportunity and winning the Junior Superstock class last year gave Jack the perfect platform from which to step up and further his career. I am also delighted with the broader association between FHO Racing and Roger Body’s Santander Salt organisation which will allow cooperation across our combined motorsport interests”.

Roger Body expanded on his reasons: “I have always seen links with prominent solo teams in the BSB paddock as important. In recent seasons we have seen several sidecar teams running in BSB team livery enjoying the extra sponsorship and publicity that comes with it. Jack has been under our umbrella for a few years now and there is a strong historic sidecar connection with his family. Faye Ho’s FHO Racing Team provides a golden opportunity for Jack to develop and progress his career, whilst giving us a strong association with a modern and forward-thinking team across all classes. I have no doubt Jack will seize this chance with both hands. This is a really good fit for Santander Salt, and I am delighted”.

**Cancelled** RKB British Sidecar Championship Dinner Dance & Awards Presentation

**Cancelled** RKB British Sidecar Championship Dinner Dance & Awards Presentation

Trophies

RKB British Sidecar Championship
Dinner Dance & Awards Presentation

**Cancelled**

Dear Competitors,

RKB Motorsport announce regretfully that the January 2022 Presentation Evening has been cancelled. Due to the Pandemic Variant, applications understandably so, have fallen far short of expectations and as the event date draws closer, RKB Motorsport had no option but to inform the Bentley Hotel of our decision to cancel.

We are ever grateful for your past participation, and certainly hope this blip in our routine does not affect support going forward. It does of course mean we will have much more to celebrate after the 2022 season, so let’s have a great year and look forward to that.

RKB Motorsport would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank the teams that have already applied for the Presentation Evening.

Yours in Sport
Glenn “Chalkie” Walsh

FIM Sidecars: Full house of dates for 2022 FIM Sidecar World Championship

FIM Sidecars: Full house of dates for 2022 FIM Sidecar World Championship

FIM Sidecars: Full house of dates for 2022 FIM Sidecar World Championship

Race Action - Le Mans - Photo credit - Good-Shoot

After a difficult yet nonetheless very successful 2021 season which saw Markus Schlosser and Marcel Fries crowned champions, Roger Body and his RKB-F1 management team in conjunction with the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme are delighted to announce a full eight-round Championship for 2022.

With most European countries now well advanced in their Covid-19 vaccination programmes, there is a real sense of optimism that the global pandemic which has so severely affected sport and travel, will not disrupt arrangements and plans for a full racing season.

There is additional excellent news in that there will be two rounds with the FIM Superbike World Championship as well as two with the FIM World Endurance series. These are big stages to perform on, and further indication of the way the FIM and major organisers view the renaissance of the FIM Sidecar World Championship. Final negotiations on the absolute detail are still taking place, but the proposed dates are listed below.

April 14-16 – France, Le Mans World Endurance.
April 22-24 – Netherlands, Assen World SBK (TBC)
June 2-4 – Belgium, Spa-Francorchamps World Endurance
June 17-19 – Hungary, Pannonia Ring
June 23-26 – Croatia, Rijeka
July 15-17 – UK, Donington Park World SBK.
September 30-Oct 2 – Germany, Oschersleben (TBC)
October 28-30 – Portugal, Estoril.

Photo credits: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

British F1: Donington Park joins the party in October as penultimate round

British F1: Donington Park joins the party in October as penultimate round

British F1: Donington Park joins the party in October as penultimate round

Race action at Donington Park

Donington Park has been added to the 2022 schedule making nine rounds in total, with eight of those alongside the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. The Leicestershire circuit is popular with the sidecar teams and always provides great racing.

The inclusion of Donington Park creates an attractive and exciting season for the established star names, as well as several new crews who have signalled their intention to step up and compete in the full series.

Whilst the FIM World Championship dates have still to be finalised and published, every effort is being made to dovetail the two series, with the minimum of clashes.

The nine-round British fixture list is now as follows: –

April 30/May – 2 Oulton Park
June 17-19 – Knockhill
July 22-24 – Brands Hatch
August 5-7 – Cadwell Revival (test day Friday)
August 12-14 – Thruxton
August 27-29 – Cadwell Park
September – 9-11 Snetterton
Sept 30-Oct 2 – Donington Park
October – 14-16 Brands Hatch

The FIM World calendar is in the process of finalisation and will follow imminently.

Photo credits: Jenny “Triker” Wells

British F1: All systems go as 2022 series dates confirmed

British F1: All systems go as 2022 series dates confirmed

British F1: All systems go as 2022 series dates confirmed

Birchalls

The 2022 British Sidecar Championship roars into action with two races at Oulton Park in the traditional opener over the weekend of April 30-May 2nd. This will set the scene for an eight-round series, with the now firmly established Cadwell Park Revival meeting the only exception outside of the Bennetts British Superbike calendar.

Roger Body and his RKB-F1 team have been frantically busy since close of play at Brands Hatch juggling dates for both the British and FIM World Championships, with the sole objective of running meaningful, high-profile rounds and the minimum of clashes. A top priority has been to offer all teams the opportunity to compete in both championships with a real chance of succeeding in both.

George Holden

The wealth of sidecar talent now prominent in the UK ranks means there are possibly ten crews capable of running at the sharp end of world-class competition, and it therefore behoves the UK organisers to maximise the exposure of these teams at that level. The British dates are the first to be set in stone due to the early publication of the BSB calendar, and we can announce those.

Now a long-established and integral part of the Bennetts British Superbike weekend, the sidecars will once again provide huge entertainment for the thousands of three-wheeler fans trackside, whilst enjoying live coverage from Eurosport, whether on the Eurosport App or live TV broadcast (schedules permitting).

Biggs

Due recognition and thanks go to Stuart Higgs and his MSV team for the extra level of cooperation in enabling these dates against a difficult and complex backdrop for 2022. In the meantime, we take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very safe and happy Christmas with a prosperous New Year. Here’s to 2022 !

The eight-round fixture list is as follows –

April 30/May 2 – Oulton Park
June 17-19 – Knockhill
July 22-24 – Brands Hatch
August 5-7 – Cadwell Revival
August 12-14 – Thruxton
August 27-29 – Cadwell Park
September 9-11 – Snetterton
October 14-16 – Brands Hatch

The FIM World calendar is in the process of finalisation and will follow imminently.

Photo credits: Jenny “Triker” Wells

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