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Scott Lawrie has withdrawn his entry so will be a non-starter, but twenty outfits make for a good and colourful grid, with the two latest additions expected to be right at the front.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seeking a Press, Media and TV person

Seeking a Press, Media and TV person

Seeking a Press, Media and TV person

Whilst we are all in this suspended state, with not very much happening on the surface, it does not mean the feet are not paddling away below.

We at RKB-F1 Motorsport are hard at it planning what hopefully will turn out to be the season we all want. Given we now have 2 Championships running in parallel – The UK and World, we are looking to expand the team on the ground on race weekends, particularly in the area of PR, Social Media and TV.

Ideally we see the person filling this part-time role as a graduate, or a young person wishing to gain experience in the world of marketing and PR with a view to progressing in the field of sport journalism, television or similar.

We currently have TV footage edited and produced for our own website and YouTube channel, whilst the World Championship has a bespoke highlights package produced by the FIM. We are also considering taking interviews and video snapshots at both series, to edit into those shows.

This is an opportunity for a keen graduate or young person to be exposed to the world of motor sport media, and to learn from our already experienced personnel some of the tricks of the trade. More than anything initially, it needs to be considered as work experience, with a view to moving ahead as things develop.

If you feel this is something you would like to become involved in, and are interested in exploring this further, please make contact in the first instance with karen@bgsp.co.uk by sending a current CV along with a covering letter.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The RKB-F1 Motorsport Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lights at start line

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, keep polishing and dreaming.

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

British F1: 2020 Season almost ready for blast-off

British F1: 2020 Season almost ready for blast-off

British F1: 2020 Season almost ready for blast-off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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