British F1: Kershaw/Charlwood double secures the Jock Taylor Trophy at Knockhill

British F1: Kershaw/Charlwood double secures the Jock Taylor Trophy at Knockhill

British F1: Kershaw/Charlwood double secures the Jock Taylor Trophy at Knockhill

Knockhill action

Round two at Snetterton now seems a hundred years ago in this strange season. At Knockhill courtesy of a non-BSB round, the action on track showed that the crews were all very much up for it, bringing the true flavour of sidecar racing back to the home of former World Champion the late Jock Taylor. The trophy commemorating the great man was the award up for grabs at this event.

Four practice sessions on Saturday in clear, crisp conditions gave the strong field plenty of track time ahead of the two championship races on Sunday. Early signs were good for the reigning champions Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson, who headed the field on the Santander Salt Honda from John Holden and Jake Lowther.

Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie were noticeably quick on their Suzuki LCR, slotting in around fifth fastest. Rob Biggs and Jeroen Schmitz also showed great Knockhill pace, just as they did on previous visits.

Qualifying – The timed session on Sunday took place on cool track conditions undercloudy skies. The track was slightly damp, but t he weather was set fair, so a dry track would make life easier for everyone. Steve Kershaw and Ryan Charlwood were fast on the Santander Salt Quattro Yamaha, putting in consistently quick times.

They were headed home however by team-mates Ellis and Richardson and SBR Racing’s Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney. Those two crews made up the front row. Ricky Stevens/Jonny Allum and the Christie Brothers were two other teams also in the mix at the front, both looking for podiums on the day.

Race One – From the lights the pack streamed off down Duffus Dip, with a great start by Ellis/Richardson carrying them into the early lead chased by Blackstock/Rosney.

Kershaw/Charlwood took three laps to get by and into second place before setting off after the current champion. Lap six and the gap was down to under one second, so the fight was on for the lead. Blackstock still held third with Stevens/Charlwood and Holland/Tom Christie breathing down their necks.

Lap eight and the former champion was in front on home soil. This was the track where Kershaw had a massive crash at the end of the 2015 season, but it holds no fears for him.

Half-distance and Ricky Stevens/Jonny Allum were third, with Sam and Adam Christie up to fourth ahead of John Holden/Jake Lowther and the rapid Suzuki of Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie. Tommy Philp/Tom Bryant came next and looked very much like taking the place from Crawford. Next lap that was the case. Blackstock and Rosney were out on lap ten, so it was a zero score for them.

Into the closing stages, Kershaw never looked like slipping up, and with almost a one second lead, he and Ryan Charlwood took all twenty-five points.

Race Result

1/ Kershaw/Charlwood (Santander Salt/Quattro Yamaha)
2/ Ellis/Richardson (Santander Salt Honda)
3/ Stevens/Charlwood (WPS Racing Kawasaki)
4/ Christie/Christie (CES Yamaha)
5/ Holden/Lowther (SBR Kawasaki)
6/ Philp/Bryant (Roberts Tools Yamaha)
7/ Crawford/Hardie (Suzuki LCR)
8/ Kirk/Smithies (MK Yamaha)
9/ Biggs/Schmitz (LCR Yamaha)
10/ Bell/Sharpe (Marin Motorsport Yamaha).

Race Two – could Todd Ellis turn the tables this time around? Well, all was about to be revealed. Out went the lights and the charge was on with Kershaw/Charlwood getting the verdict on lap one. Ellis/Richardson stayed in touch and was on his case, with Stevens/Allum third.

Their Kawasaki team-mates Ben Holland/Tom Christie had a flyer and sat fourth on lap four. One lap later and John Holden squeezed the SBR Kawasaki past them to claim fourth.

The Christie brothers were attacking, but Holland kept the pressure on to hold the place.

Meanwhile, the gap at the front was next to nothing, as Ellis/Richardson set about catching the leader. Kershaw responded, and had pulled a slight gap at half distance as Tommy Philp/Tom Bryant closed in on Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie for seventh place. With four laps to go, the pair of Santander Salt bikes at the front were formation flying, some ten seconds ahead of Stevens and Holden, the latter rider looking for a much- needed podium.

On the final lap it was incredibly close at the front. All Kershaw needed to do was keep his cool. That he did, giving him double victory and a twenty-point series lead.

Race Result

1/ Kershaw/Charlwood
2/ Ellis/Richardson
3/ Stevens/Allum
4/ Holden/Lowther
5/ Christie/Christie
6/ Crawford/Hardie
7/ Bell/Sharpe
8/ Philp/Bryant
9/ Kirk/Smithies
10/ Lawrie/Hyde

Standings – Kershaw 120, Ellis 100, Christie 74, Stevens 64, Holden 58, Reeves 50, Bell 49, Blackstock 43, Philp 38, Biggs 34, Cable 31, Birchall 30.

The next round comes from Donington Park 2-4th October.

British F1: Kershaw/Charlwood lead the charge to Knockhill 18-20 September

British F1: Kershaw/Charlwood lead the charge to Knockhill 18-20 September

British F1: Kershaw/Charlwood lead the charge to Knockhill 18-20 September

Knockhill

Knockhill hosts round three of the Molson Group British Sidecar Championship as it welcomes the cream of British talent north of the border over the weekend of 18-20 September. The second of our “non-BSB” rounds will give the sidecars star billing in front of what is always an enthusiastic crowd of fans and supporters.

Lauder’s Steve Kershaw and his new passenger Ryan Charlwood have a slender ten-point lead in the standings after a mixed round two at Snetterton in Norfolk last month.

They are pressed hard in the table by their young team-mate in the Santander Salt camp Todd Ellis, who with regular passenger Charlie Richardson on their Gary Bryan prepared Honda CBR600, gave eight times world champion Tim Reeves a terrific fight at Snetterton. These three crews are bound to resume that battle in Fife, with only twenty points splitting the trio, this round being the mid-point of the truncated season.

Tim Reeves and his new French passenger (who will be seeing Knockhill for the very first time) burst into the series in Norfolk with double victory and immediate title contention. Unlike most of the field, they race a German built Adolf RS1 chassis, but with the popular Yamaha R6 power unit.

Whilst most other crews favour the long LCR chassis, Ben and Tom Birchall, who now have the concession and manufacturing rights for LCR, are pioneering and developing a short “TT style” F2 outfit with a very rapid Honda powerplant. Their relationship with Honda goes back many seasons, and it is their favoured choice of engine for the short bike and particularly the road circuits. To that end, the Knockhill track will be a valuable source of feedback and information, whilst giving them a real chance to be in the mix.

The field in Scotland has strength in depth and sees former double champion Ricky Stevens paired up with the experienced Jonny Allum for Kawasaki, whilst sharing his garage with Ben Holland and Jed Pilmoor-Brady. The Southerners sit seventh in the title chase after missing the Cadwell Park opener. Ahead of them is a close race between fourth placed Sam and Adam Christie on the CES Yamaha and Silicone Barnes Racing’s Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney and John Holden/Jake Lowther. Both the latter crews have dropped points with one DNF each, so the ever-consistent Christies have reaped the reward.

Then comes Phil Bell partnered by Dunfermline’s Jimmy Connell ahead of Ben and Tom Birchall, with Rob Biggs and Dutch passenger Jeroen Schmitz rounding out the top ten. We will witness a full grid on this spectacular hillside track which always lends itself to terrific sidecar action.

International Sidecar Superprix to round out 2020

International Sidecar Superprix to round out 2020

International Sidecar Superprix to round out 2020

Superprix

Against a difficult and ever-changing backdrop, and a determination not to allow the COVID-19 pandemic to emerge the winner in 2020, a last-minute deal has given a lifeline to a meaningful and exciting International event to round off the season in style.

A concerted effort between the RKB-F1 Motorsport/Santander Salt, MSVR and a major German commercial partner, has resulted in a two-round, four-race International Sidecar Superprix to run in Germany and the UK.

The popular Oschersleben track, always a favourite with the teams, will host the opener over the weekend of 2-4th October, with the climax two weeks later at Brands Hatch October 16-18th.

Named “The Bonovo Cup”, the German leg presents an unavoidable clash with the penultimate Molson Group British round at Donington Park, so for some teams there will be a difficult choice to make. That fact alone, however, will add spice to both series and maybe give less prominent teams a greater crack at the British points.

The finale will be named “The Santander Salt Cup”, and in keeping with our tradition at the Brands Hatch BSB season closer, double points will apply but this time around, only on the FINAL race for both the International Superprix and British series.

Four races each of twenty-five minutes minimum will decide the outcome, with a generous prize fund of 15,000 Euros up for grabs in each leg of the Superprix competition. This is a real incentive for teams to enter and commit to both rounds.

It is therefore anticipated that the very best sidecar crews will support the event, thus giving us sight and sound of world-class sidecar racing in 2020. That is certainly something we thought would not happen this year.

Entry detail for Oschersleben can be found here www.batc.de

British F1: Windy Snetterton shows the very best of British

British F1: Windy Snetterton shows the very best of British

British F1: Windy Snetterton shows the very best of British

Ellis/Richardson and Reeves/Rousseau

Round two at Snetterton attracted the absolute cream of Britain’s sidecar talent, and that was borne out by the action on track. An added challenge came in the shape of storm Ellen which brought gale-force winds howling around throughout Friday and Saturday.

Despite the difficult conditions, qualifying resulted in pole position going to the existing 600cc lap record holders Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson.

They were close to their own lap record speed on their Santander Salt Honda to claim the place ahead of current and eight times World Champion Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau.

Series leaders Steve Kershaw and Ryan Charlwood sat on row two alongside a delighted Ricky Stevens/Jonny Allum, who missed the Cadwell Park opener.

Qualifying –
1/ Todd Ellis/Charlie Richardson (Santander Salt GBR Honda)
2/ Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau (Bonovo Action RS1 Yamaha)
3/ Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood (Santander Salt/Quattro Yamaha)
4/ Ricky Stevens/Jonny Allum (WPS Kawasaki)
5/ Sam Christie/Adam Christie (CES Yamaha)
6/ Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney SBR Yamaha).

Race One –
The announcement that Tim Reeves had registered as a permanent member of the series gave added impetus and spice to what happened next. From pole position, Ellis and Richardson took the lead into Riches, with Kershaw/Charlwood making a serious play to pass Reeves/Rousseau up the hill to Riches bend. The World Champion held second, with Stevens/Allum dropping into fourth behind Kershaw.

Next came Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney chased hard by Sam and Adam Christie, from John Holden and Andy Peach.

The battle at the front raged for two laps with all three outfits ducking and diving to gain the advantage. Tim Reeves took his chance at turn two and swept through under braking to relegate Ellis. Kershaw and Charlwood kept a watching brief as the cat and mouse game unfolded at the front. On lap six, with his Honda absolutely flying, Ellis dived through to reclaim the lead setting a new lap record in the process, only for Reeves to get alongside moments later. The speed of Ellis’s CBR 600 was every bit as impressive as the Yamaha of the World Champion and that can be solely attributed to Gary Bryan’s preparation skills. They set a new record on this astonishing lap as they once again headed the pack.

Reeves was having none of however and made a clean move into turn one on the inside line. Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson were not about to back off and kept it nailed, spinning out as a result. The outfit was upended without injury to either man, but out came the red flag signalling a result at the completion of five laps.

Kershaw’s patience was rewarded with second place and a thrilled Ricky Stevens gave new passenger Jonny Allum his first British Championship podium.

The Christie brothers had much earlier overcome Blackstock and Rosney to claim fourth at the flag. Ben and Tom Birchall were once again out on the short chassis F2 bike which was outmatched for corner speed but rewarding for them in terms of a seventh-place finish and development lessons learned.

Race Result –
1/ Reeves/Rousseau
2/ Kershaw/Charlwood
3/ Stevens/Allum
4/ Christie/Christie
5/ Blackstock/Rosney
6/ Holden/Lowther
7/ Birchall/Birchall
8/ Peach/Edwards
9/ Bell/Connell
10/ Archer/Chandler.

Race Two –
The reversed grid rule always makes life interesting, and Kevin Cable/Kyle Masters, from pole position ran very well for the opening lap with Phil Bell and Andy Peach also getting good starts. The Birchall brothers were well in the mix into turn two, as the faster men from rows four (Kershaw), five (Reeves) and seven (Ellis) began to force through.

Sam and Adam Christie were again strong, and led on lap two, with Tim Reeves already up to second place. Todd Ellis had gone with him, and a dramatic move by Reeves on the Christies at the end of that lap saw both Reeves and Ellis shoot through to resume battle at the front.

Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood fared less well, and after a torrid five laps fighting through, retired with gremlins. Such was their championship lead however, they stayed top of the table at the close of play.

The scrap at the front was one of the best sidecar races we have seen for a long while, with the young pretender locking horns with the best in the world and showing his class.

Reeves led for four laps until lap seven when Ellis made a stunning pass, setting another lap record on his way Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood also made excellent progress and with two laps remaining, clinched the final podium spot from the Christie brothers.

But the last and final lap must go down in history as one of the most dramatic. Tim Reeves regained the lead at his favourite place and then it was game on all the way to the flag. The two outfits were neck and neck, ducking and diving, bobbing and weaving bend after bend, with the World Champion emerging successful, but fully aware he had almost met his match.

Mention must be made of a great ride through to seventh place for newcomers Tommy Philp and Tom Bryant from the back of the grid. Ben and Tom Birchall had another sound ride on the short bike, finishing sixth behind ever consistent John Holden and Jake Lowther.

Race Result –
1/ Reeves/Rousseau
2/ Ellis/Richardson
3/ Stevens/Charlwood,
4/ Christie/Christie
5/ Holden/Lowther
6/ Birchall/Birchall
7/ Philp/Bryant
8/ Biggs/Schmitz
9/ Bell Connell
10/ Kirk/Smithies

Standings –
Kershaw/Charlwood 70
Ellis/Richardson 60
Reeves/Rousseau 50
Christie/Christie 50
Blackstock/Rosney 43
Holden/Lowther 34
Stevens/Allum 32
Bell/Connell 32
Birchall/Birchall 32
Biggs/Schmitz 26
Cable/Masters 25

Full standings table >>

The next round comes from the Knockhill circuit 19/20 September.

British F1: Multiple World Champion Tim Reeves enters Snetterton

British F1: Multiple World Champion Tim Reeves enters Snetterton

British F1: Multiple World Champion Tim Reeves enters Snetterton

Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes

A very welcome addition to the ranks of round two at Snetterton comes in the form of Tim Reeves partnered by twenty-seven-year-old Frenchman Kevin Rousseau.

A rare British series appearance for the eight times World Champion comes at a time when all sport is hungry for action, and the 2020 World Sidecar championship has yet to get started.

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Ricky Stevens and Ben Holland are returning, plus the already confirmed entry by Ben and Tom Birchall, means that there is absolutely the cream of Britain lining up at Snetterton.

With live Eurosport coverage over the weekend, this is a feast of sidecar racing not to be missed by the television audience.

British F1: WPS Racing Kawasaki teamsters join the Snetterton line-up

British F1: WPS Racing Kawasaki teamsters join the Snetterton line-up

British F1: WPS Racing Kawasaki teamsters join the Snetterton line-up

Holland Watson BSB R07 Thruxton

Against a backdrop of financial uncertainty which kept them out of the opening Cadwell Park round, the two outfits of Ricky Stevens and Ben Holland will line up on the grid at Snetterton.

With such a short season, it is vital for them to make an entrance now to get up to speed with the rest of the pack.

Former double champion Stevens is paired up with Jonny Allum the man who partnered Tommy Philp to the Bemsee Club title, so is therefore assured of good service from the sidecar.

Likewise, the vastly experienced Ben Holland is keen to get to grips with his new sidekick, long-time friend and familiar face around the paddock Jed Pilmoor-Brady.

Both crews are hoping against hope that the problems surrounding their abortive start to the season are now resolved, and they can pitch a full-scale onslaught at the title.

Scott Lawrie has withdrawn his entry so will be a non-starter, but twenty outfits make for a good and colourful grid, with the two latest additions expected to be right at the front.

British F1: Snetterton 300 circuit welcomes round two 21-23 August

British F1: Snetterton 300 circuit welcomes round two 21-23 August

British F1: Snetterton 300 circuit welcomes round two 21-23 August

SBR

Finally, the wait to re-join the BSB paddock is over for the Molson Group British Sidecar Championship. Round two takes us to one of the most popular and sidecar friendly tracks on the BSB tour.

The Snetterton 300 circuit has plenty of wide-open spaces to observe social distancing, and a super-fast race environment which always delivers great on-track action.

With a truncated five round, ten race season now fixed, there will be no room for error. The opener at Cadwell Park is already behind us, with scores firmly on the board for all the top runners.

Two weeks ago, in Lincolnshire, former champions Steve Kershaw, now with new passenger Ryan Charlwood (Santander Salt/Quattro Yamaha), took double victory ahead of his team-mates and reigning champions Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson (Santander Salt Honda).

Third in the new title chase heading for Norfolk is the SBR Yamaha duo of Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney. They showed they are more than capable of running at the front, so expect them to do more of the same at Snetterton.

High profile non-starters in round one included Ricky Stevens/Johnny Allum and Ben Holland/Jed Pilmoor-Brady. They run in the same Kawasaki team, with financial and sponsorship issues already blighting their new season. There is no sign of an imminent return for the luckless southerners, so they are unlikely to appear next weekend.

Chris Walker and Ashley Hawes recorded a zero in Lincolnshire with a blown engine and will certainly be hoping for a bagful of points alongside the A11. They have a lot of catching up to do, but The Stalker has the speed as we have seen on many occasions.

Sam and Adam Christie (CES Yamaha) sit fourth in the standings, ahead of Phil Bell and Justin Sharpe (Marin Motorsport Yamaha). Ben and Tom Birchall unveiled their new short chassis F2 Honda LCR two weeks ago, treating Cadwell Park as a shakedown. It will be interesting to see if they stay with the short bike next weekend or revert to the tried and tested long LCR given the fast nature of Snetterton’s many bends. It is their intention to contest all five rounds in 2020, so they will almost certainly be in the hunt at the season end.

Making a first appearance this year are Shrewsbury’s Rupert Archer paired up with Ben Chandler, and Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley with their short chassis Suzuki.

John Holden and Jake Lowther also need to make up for a zero in race one at Cadwell and have a good record at Snetterton. The tough Holden is podium material as we have seen in the past.

With around twenty crews entered as we go to press, expect a colourful blend of speed and first-class entertainment with live Eurosport TV coverage exposing the action to its large audience.

British F1: Cadwell Park delivers great opener as Kershaw/Charlwood maximise

British F1: Cadwell Park delivers great opener as Kershaw/Charlwood maximise

British F1: Cadwell Park delivers great opener as Kershaw/Charlwood maximise

Molson Group British Sidecars logo

The Cadwell Park circuit hosted a Bemsee Club meeting with the opening British F1 Sidecar round as a central feature. Friday was an open test day, and everyone took advantage of the opportunity to get back in the groove.

Everyone that is, except Ricky Stevens and Ben Holland, who’s high profile official Kawasaki team ran into financial difficulties in the final week leading up. They were not on the grid, and it is unsure as to what the future holds for the two crews.

Another team in trouble were Chris Walker and Ashley Hawes who blew their one and only TAG Racing Yamaha engine in the early session. They took no further part in events.

Qualifying saw strong performances from the Santander Salt outfits of current and former Champions Todd Ellis/Charlie Richardson and Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood.

The Christie brothers Sam and Adam, along with Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney also signalled their intention to have a good weekend.

Ben and Tom Birchall were out on their TT short outfit but with a standard tune engine, featuring many mods and innovations. One of these was a countershaft within the swinging arm pivot, enabling constant chain tension of the final drive chain, with a short primary chain carrying the drive to the countershaft.

Qualifying resulted in Kershaw and Ellis sharing the front row, with Blackstock/Rosney and the Christie Brothers making up row two. Veteran John Holden lined up alongside “new kid on the block” Tommy Philp with Tom Bryant in the hot seat.

Race One

In extremely hot conditions the pack streaked away and up the hill. Blackstock and Rosney got a flier and were quickly immersed in a scrap with the pole men Kershaw/Charlwood.

They stole a march and took the lead, with Ellis then making a play on Kershaw. Ellis and Richardson stuck to the task, and using their Cadwell knowledge to the full, passed Kershaw before taking the lead from Blackstock/Rosney. They looked on target for victory, but it was not to be.

Each of these three crews had their turn at the front, and were circulating in close formation, with Kershaw eventually opening a good lead.

The battle then raged for the remainder of the race between Blackstock and Ellis, with the reigning champions holding onto the runner-up spot by a couple of seconds at the flag.

Sam and Adam Christie were immaculate throughout in fourth, with a battling John Holden retiring at two thirds distance from fifth.

This promoted Ben and Tom Birchall who were happy with their new F2 Honda LCR. The bike had bedded in nicely to reward them with a strong finish.

Phil Bell and Justin Sharpe had an excellent race scoring valuable points. They were to come home in sixth place and a good start to the season.

Not so lucky, with yet another Cadwell dramatic moment, were Martin Kirk and Shelley Smithies. They launched towards the sky ahead of Phil Bell emerging shocked and surprised, albeit with a damaged fairing.

So that’s how they finished, Kershaw’s debut victory with Ryan Charlwood, team-mates Ellis and Richardson in second, with the SBR pairing of Blackstock and Rosney completing the podium.

Race Result
1/ Kershaw/Charlwood (Santander Salt/Quattro Yamaha)
2/ Ellis/Richardson (Santander Salt Honda)
3/ Blackstock/Rosney (SBR Yamaha)
4/ Christie/Christie ( CES Yamaha)
5/ Birchall/Birchall (Honda LCR)
6/ Bell/Sharpe (Marin Motorsport Yamaha)
7/ Crawford/Hardie (ARC Suzuki)
8/ Biggs/Schmitz (Express Tyres Yamaha)
9/ Cable/Masters (L&W Yamaha)
10/ Clarke/Anderson (City Lifting Windle)

Race Two

An astonishing drop in temperature and cold, damp track conditions greeted the early birds on Sunday. By the time the race left the line the track was dry, and Kershaw made no mistake from the line this time. He shot away and was never headed despite Todd Ellis’s best efforts later in the race.

Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney once again jumped from third on the grid into second place as they overtook Ellis and Richardson on the run up to Coppice.

John Holden and Jake Lowther were solid in fourth throughout, as Ben and Tom Birchall sat comfortably fifth before pitting to discuss some mechanical issue.Their weekend had been a valuable test session promising much more to come.

Sam and Adam Christie now were fifth and set about catching John Holden in determined fashion. This battle went all the way to the lights, with Holden making up for his race one retirement claiming fourth place.

A good second outing by Tommy Philp and Tom Bryant saw them finish behind the Christies. This went some way towards compensating them for a race one zero score.

So, it was a repeat one-two for the Santander Salt team-mates, with Kershaw heading home to the borders with maximum points.

Blackstock and Rosney matched their first race performance getting the SBR team off to a strong start.

Race Result
1/ Kershaw/Charlwood
2/ Ellis/Richardson
3/ Blackstock/Rosney
4/ Holden/Lowther
5/ Christie/Christie
6/ Philp/Bryant
7/ Biggs/Schmitz
8/ Crawford/Hardie
9/ Bell/Sharpe
10/ Cable/Masters

Championship Standings
Kershaw/Charlwood 50
Ellis/Richardson 40
Blackstock/Rosney 32
Christie/Christie 24
Bell/Sharpe 18
Biggs/Schmitz 18
Cable/Masters 15
Holden/Lowther 13
Clarke/Anderson 12
Birchall/Birchall 11
Philp/Bryant 10
Kirk/Smithies 6

Round Two comes from British Superbikes Snetterton 21-23 August.

British F1: Gary Bryan appointed Paddock Manager for RKB-F1

British F1: Gary Bryan appointed Paddock Manager for RKB-F1

British F1: Gary Bryan appointed Paddock Manager for RKB-F1

Gary Bryan

When crews arrive at Cadwell Park for the opening round of the 2020 season, there will be a new face responsible for all Sidecar Paddock disciplines and behaviour.

The vastly experienced Gary Bryan has enjoyed a long sidecar association, with Isle of Man TT success to his name, as well as F1 and F2 Championship honours.

Stepping back from active short-circuit competition to care-take and manage his stepson Todd Ellis, Gary has accepted the role of Paddock Manager for Roger Body’s RKB-F1 organisation. This wealth of experience, combined with Gary’s “no-nonsense” manner, will be ideally suited to the many challenges facing him on every race weekend.

The role has been officially recognised by MSVR with whom he will be working closely on BSB weekends, ensuring the Sidecar fraternity maintains its high standards.

All crews are therefore reminded that Gary is working on behalf of them and the sidecar family in general to maximise and maintain the good reputation we have earned over many seasons.

We all wish Gary all the best in this new venture and give him our total support.

British F1: Here are two important announcements regarding Cadwell Park 7/8/9 August and Knockhill 18/19/20 September

British F1: Here are two important announcements regarding Cadwell Park 7/8/9 August and Knockhill 18/19/20 September

British F1: 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!!!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/293677429619 – Small sized t-shirts

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/293677427927 – Medium sized t-shirts

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/293677428572 – Large sized t-shirts

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/293677428184 – Extra-large sized t-shirts

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.

British F1: 2020 Season finally blasts off at Cadwell Park 8/9th August

British F1: 2020 Season finally blasts off at Cadwell Park 8/9th August

British F1: 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.

British F1: Avon Tyres to support all rounds again in 2020

British F1: Avon Tyres to support all rounds again in 2020

British F1: 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.

British F1: Round One Cadwell Park accepting Rider entries NOW

British F1: Round One Cadwell Park accepting Rider entries NOW

British F1: 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.

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.

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.

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