|Posted by Tim Langham on March 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
The season is only three weeks old, but in that time I have been to three race meetings. The fourth of March brought with it the first road race meeting of the year, the E.M.R.A. club races at Mallory Park, held in torrential rain, which did not let up for fifteen hours. This resulted in processional, almost "parade" like racing, with many competitors packing up only after one race, either having secured a signature for their "Mountain Course Licence" or felt that conditions were either too dangerous, or miserable for racing. On track, Ian and Carl Bell were not fazed by the standing water, and blitzed the rest of the field, but pulled into the pitlane in both of the races to allow the club competitors to take the points and the trophies, as they were treating the day as a test session. Race one was won by former World Champion, Tim Reeves, with Dipash Chauhan alongside him (out to gain a T.T. signature); although they fought hard throughout to keep Andy King and Kenny Cole at bay on their Ireson Honda. Finishing third, aboard their ex-Chandler Racing Shelbourne were James Sirrell and Steven Wareham, on their first ride on this outfit. Race two saw only around half of the field take the start, with only seven finishers. This time, King and Cole took the win, with Sirrell and Wareham adjudged to have finished second, despite crossing the line behind the Lumley Engineering Kawasaki outfit of Dean Nicholls and Anne Garnish, who were penalised for an alleged jump start, ending up third on corrected time.
John & Jake Lowther - 600 LCR Honda, Mallory Park
The following Sunday (11th March), under unseasonably warm sunshine, the Auto 66 Club brought the curtain up on their race season with a meeting at Cadwell Park. Team B.H.R. were in attendance, securing a fourth place in the opening race, more of which can be found in the relevant section on this website. Again, the grids had been swolen by a number of crews looking for signatures, or testing for the forthcoming British Championship rounds. The only F1 outfit in attendance, ridden by Gary Horspole and Rob Biggs was not to have things all their own way, with the indecently fast Baker Honda of Doug Wright and Martin Hull, and the Shelbourne Honda of Carl Fenwick and Mark Sayers both looking threatening to the F1 machine. The opening race saw Horspole and Biggs take a slender win, from Fenwick and Sayers; with Wright and Hull third. Gary Gibson and Phil Hyde were the next F2 through, now racing an ex-John Holden LCR Suzuki, which they looked to be getting to grips with very quickly. Race two was fascinating, with numerous changes for the lead between the three front runners. Horspole and Biggs used their superior F1 power in the drag to the line, with all three outfits separated by only 0.5 seconds at the chequered flag. Wright and Hull were the first F2 back, with Fenwick and Sayers next, then Gibson and Hyde third in class and fourth overall. An excellent fifth, on their seventeen year old Jacobs framed Thundercat were Steve Ramsden and John McWhir, leaving a gaggle of more modern outfits in their wake. The final sidecar race of the day was shaping up to be another enthralling three-way battle, however it was an easy win in the end for Fenwick and Sayers, as Horspole and Biggs pulled into the pits after two laps with a tyre issue, and little more than a lap later, Wright and Hull came through the Gooseneck with a sick sounding motor. Gibson and Hyde took a fine second place, albeit nearly 25 seconds behind the leader, with the vastly under-rated David Wallis and new passenger Simon Dawson taking third, after a day which had been plagued with mechanical issues.
Dave Hirst & Luke Beckworth - 600 Shelbourne Honda, Cadwell Park.
Photo Courtesy & Copyright of Stuart Watson Photography
The first round of the F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championships was held last weekend (17th & 18th March) at the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk, hosted by the popular Derby Phoenix M.C.R.C. Unfortunately, the almost tropical conditions from Cadwell had given way to more Mallory-style misery, and cold wind and long periods of steady rain set in from arrival at the circuit on the Friday until leaving on the Sunday. Tim Reeves and Dipash Chauhan rode strongly, seemingly easing to a brace of easy wins, although they may have been pushed a little harder by Ian and Carl Bell, had they not overshot the Montreal Hairpin early on in race two. The opening race was a little confusing for the spectator, after a lengthy red flag period, after the outfits of Nick Dukes and William Moralee, and Pete Alton and Keith Brotherton got together, the race was restarted, and decided as an aggregate time. Although it was clear that Reeves and Chauhan had taken the win, it was not until seeing the results sheets that the observer could confirm that it was Bell and Bell who were the runners up, and the French-Anglo pairing of Frank Lelias and Mike Aylott who were third. A delighted Mark Saunders and Simon Briggs won the F2 Cup section in only their second British Championship race, with veterans Russ and Rod Pearce second, and David Lillie and young Ben Chandler taking a well deserved third. The second race was a veritable exhibition display from Reeves and Chauhan, winning by almost 24 seconds from Gary Bryan and Gary Partridge, with the Bell father and son pairing coming in third; after a great battle between these two outfits, and those of Lelias and Aylott; and Conrad Harrison and Lee Patterson throughout the race. It was disappointment for Dean Lindley and Leon Fitzpatrick, who had been running in seventh place overall, and leading the Cup section, when they ground to a halt on the final lap, seemingly out of fuel. As a result, the Pearce brothers inherited the cup win, with Manx visitors Darren Hope and Paul "Lenny" Bumfrey delighted to take second, three seconds ahead of John Saunders and Shaun Parker. The club races were dominated by veteran racers Trevor Robinson and Ben Sergeant; with a win in the dry race for Gary Gibson and Phil Hyde. Also vying for the podium placings each time were the outfits of Simon and Sam Christie; reigning champions John and Susan Longmore and Mark Saunders and Simon Briggs. The F1 outfits of Barry James and Calum Lawson, and Craig Chaplow and Darren Tritton were also running strongly, but sportingly retired to pitlane before the completion of the races, in order not to interfere with the club championships.
The next meetings on the agenda are Elvington, with the Auto 66 Club this Sunday (25th March), followed by the North East Motorcycle Racing Clubs fiftieth anniversary celebration meeting at Croft on the 31st March & 1st April.
|Posted by Tim Langham on January 11, 2012 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
For the 2012 road race season, Team B.H.R. Formula II Sidecar racers Dave Hirst & Luke Beckworth are seeking sponsorship, from individuals or businesses. For £100 you will receive the following incentives:
- The name of yourself or your company on the fairing of the outfit
- A Team B.H.R. t-shirt
- As in 2011, the team will exclusively hire Teesside Race Circuit at the close of the season to allow all those who have sponsored to have a "taxi ride".
We look set to compete at all of the major real roadrace events in 2012 - the Isle of Man T.T. and Southern 100 events; all three Oliver's Mount meetings, and selected club events at Cadwell Park, Mallory Park, Oulton Park, Donington Park and some others. Anyone wearing one of our team t-shirts will be more than welcome to call by for a brew and a chat in the paddock at any of our race meetings. If you are interested in being involved with a team who are keen to make a big impact on track this year, then please get in touch with me (Tim) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dave on 0773360149
|Posted by Tim Langham on January 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
I hope all readers of this page had an enjoyable and pleasant Christmas and New Year, and that your preparations for next season are coming together, as there is now little more than two months until the first race meetings of the year.
You will have noticed that this site had very few updates towards the end of last season. However, please check back regularly, as I intend to update much of the information over the coming weeks once we have finalised our plans for 2012.
All the best for a safe and successful 2012 season.
|Posted by Tim Langham on August 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
This weekend sees one of the most eagerly anticipated meetings of 2011 for sidecar fans; the BMCRC organised event at Cadwell Park, with features rounds of both the Eastern Airways British F1 Sidecars and the ACU British F2 Championships. It is the first meeting where the top tiers of both classes of sidecars have competed in their respective competitions for well over a decade, and with a grid of both quality and quantity, there should be some excellent racing on the agenda.
In the F1 category, Tim Reeves / Gregory Cluze have established a commanding lead in the series, but will no doubt face stiff competition from a number of quarters. Last season, they had a host of memorable dices around the Lincolnshire circuit with Ben and Tom Birchall, who have missed out on several rounds this term owing to their accident while competing in the World Championships which put their F1 outfit out of action for some time. Local driver Barry James, with Jamie Winn in the chair always goes well at what is in effect his home circuit; while Scott Lawrie / James Neave, who are currently lying an excellent second in the series, despite a miserable weekend at Knockhill will be in contention for honours, particularly after taking victory in one of the races at Cadwell last year. Bedlington's Phil Bell, back with former ballast Tony Belsey in the chair will be out to build on his determined start to the season, and will be looking to consolidate his current position of fourth in the standings. The likes of Roger Lovelock / Rick Lawrence; Andy Peach / Charlie Richardson; Ben Bygrave / Calum Lawson and Ben Holland / Lee Watson will all be in the mix for the podium and none of whom can be discounted. Also making a return to the scene is former British F2 Champion Gary Smith, with Justin Sharp alongside him; they will want to make an instant impact. With Gary Horspole / Rob Biggs and Stephen Kershaw / Robin Wilson both adapting well to the F1 machines, they too could well be pushing the top six regulars further down the order and staking a claim for some serious points.
The F2 grid is equally impressive, boasting a host of former champions, and the racing is just as likely to be fast and furious. TT Sidecar Race B winners John Holden / Andy Winkle will renew their on track rivalries with Simon Neary / T.B.A. (Dipash Chauhan still ruled out by the injuries sustained earlier this season at Cadwell), and these two crews will start as favourites. However, with circuit specialists Gary Bryan / Gary Partridge; Carl Fenwick / Mark Sayers (who currently lead the F2 Cup section); Ian Bell / Carl Bell and Tony Elmer / Darren Marshall in contention for honours, any of these teams could well find themselves on the podium in some shape or form. Fresh from five wins from five starts at Oliver's Mount, Conrad Harrison / Lee Patterson make their first ACU British F2 appearance of 2011 and will hope for a strong showing, while Beverley's Gary Gibson / Glenn Dawson make their F2 Cup debut at a circuit where they have had plenty of success on the club scene. Also looking to score solid points in the Cup section, and indeed the overall standings will be Frank Lelias, this weekend with Mike Aylott alongside him; and Whitby's Dave Atkinson with Phil Knapton, who are looking to make amends after a fruitless weekend last time out at Anglesey. It will be a particularly busy weekend for veteran campaigner Gordon Shand with passenger Lee Barrett, as they compete in both F1 and F2 classes, with little time to draw breath as they take to the track in no less than five races over the weekend !
There is an excellent line up of solo racing also, of particular interest will be the "Yamaha Past Masters" series and the "British Historic G.P. / Lansdowne" event. With a full official practise / test day on the Friday, this looks set to be one of the best race meetings of the year - hopefully the weather will match it !
Eastern Airways British F1 Sidecars
2 Carl Parkinson / Darren Tritton - 1000 LCR Suzuki
3 Barry James / Jamie Winn - 1000 LCR Suzuki
4 Andy Peach / Charlie Richardson - 1000 LCR Suzuki
6 Mark Edwards / Shelley Smithies - 1000 LCR Kawasaki
8 Phil Bell / Tony Belsey - 1000 LCR Suzuki
10 Rod Robinson / Roy Farmer - 1000 LCR Yamaha
14 Gary Smith / Justin Sharp - 1000 Windle Suzuki
16 Ben Birchall / Tom Birchall - 1000 LCR Yamaha
19 Ian Guy / Carol MacBride - 1000 LCR Suzuki
26 Gordon Shand / Lee Barrett - 1000 LCR Suzuki
29 Steve Kershaw / Robin Wilson - 1000 LCR Suzuki
32 Gary Horspole / Rob Biggs - 1000 LCR Honda
46 Mick Bleakley / Heath Lane - 1000 Windle Yamaha
49 Roger Lovelock / Rick Lawrence - 1000 LCR Suzuki
60 Ben Holland / Lee Watson - 1000 LCR Suzuki
62 Andrew Sloane / Philip Sloane - 1000 LCR Honda
69 Greg Lambert / Karl Schofield - 1000 LCR Suzuki
72 Scott Lawrie / James Neave - 1000 LCR Suzuki
73 Craig Chaplow / Patrick Farrance - 1000 LCR Suzuki
74 Ben Bygrave / Calum Lawson - 1000 LCR Suzuki
77 Tim Reeves / Gregory Cluze - 1000 LCR Honda
90 John Clarke / Stuart Graham - 1000 LCR Suzuki
101 Steve Charlton / Leon Fitzpatrick - 1000 Baker Suzuki
111 Kevin Cable / Guy Pawsey - 1000 LCR Yamaha
170 Ian Drowne / Ryan Anderson - 1000 LCR Suzuki
ACU British F2 Sidecars
1 John Holden / Andy Winkle - 600 LCR Suzuki
2 Simon Neary / T.B.A. - 600 LCR Honda
3 Ian Bell / Carl Bell - 600 LCR Yamaha
4 Tony Elmer / Darren Marshall - 600 Ireson Yamaha
6 Roy Hanks / Dave Wells - 600 DMR Suzuki
7 Gary Bryan / Gary Partridge - 600 Baker Honda
10 Tony Baker / Fiona Baker-Milligan - 600 Baker Suzuki
11 Carl Fenwick / Mark Sayers - 600 Shelbourne Honda
14 Peter Alton / Shaun Parker - 600 Baker Yamaha
15 Conrad Harrison / Lee Patterson - 600 Shelbourne Honda
16 Gary Gibson / Glenn Dawson - 600 BLR Yamaha
17 Howard Baker / Mike Killingsworth - 600 Shelbourne Honda
18 David Lillie / Rob Bell - 600 DMR Yamaha
21 Dean Lindley / Leon Fitzpatrick - 600 LCR Suzuki
22 Dave Kimberley / Stuie Castles - 600 Ireson Honda
24 Tony Thirkell / Nigel Barlow - 600 MR Equipe Honda
26 Gordon Shand / Lee Barrett - 600 Shand Suzuki
28 Russ Pearce / Roddy Pearce - 600 LCR Suzuki
45 Dave Atkinson / Phil Knapton - 600 LCR Suzuki
104 Frank Lelias / Mike Aylott - 600 LCR Suzuki
111 Steve Hicks / Alun Thomas - 600 MR Equipe Suzuki
|Posted by Tim Langham on July 28, 2011 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
Tony Thirkell / Nige Barlow lead Dave Wallis / Steve Wareham
The Cock O'The North Races at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough were unfortunately a meeting to forget for Team B.H.R. First practise once again saw the temperature of the motor pushing up towards boiling point and Dave and Luke had no other option other than to bring the outfit in after only two laps (during which they had only been riding round very steadily).
Before timed practise, there was about an hour in which time we managed to source and borrow a radiator from Tony Thirkell; and also changed the gearing as the motor was revving out too early on the back straight. The loaned radiator did the trick, and the motor didn't run any warmer than 82 degrees; however, the damage had already been done in the earlier session, and possibly the previous week at the Southern 100. As the outfit hammered over the jumps at the end of the second flying lap, the motor made an ominous sound and ground to a halt at Farm Bends.
Inspecting the outfit back at the paddock, the worst fears were confirmed - a conrod had found its way out of the crank cases and through the back of the starter motor. Although there was a spare motor in the van, Dave, quite wisely, decided against running it as that motor had been run even hotter at the Southern 100. At least we now know that the overheating problem was down to a tired radiator, and so a new one is now on order. The motors will be rebuilt and hopefully the team will be back out on track within the next month or so.
Conrad Harrison / Lee Patterson dominated the sidecar class, with five wins from five starts. Dave Wallis / Steve Wareham and Tony Thirkell / Nige Barlow each took a number of runners up and third positions. Nige Mayers / Doug Chandler also had an excellent weekend, with a fine third place and four fifth place finishes. Full results of this meeting and the Southern 100 are now available on the Results and Stats section.
There are a couple of quieter weekends now, but the next event I am attending will be the BMCRC meeting at Cadwell Park. This looks set to be an excellent line up, with both British F1 and FII sidecars competing in their respective championships.
|Posted by Tim Langham on July 20, 2011 at 10:19 AM||comments (0)|
Jim Noble / Shaun Chandler exit Memorial, April 2011
This weekend sees the second visit of the year for Formula II sidecars to the picturesque parkland circuit of Oliver's Mount on the outskirts of Scarborough. The first encounter of the year saw a brace of wins for Bedlington father and son pairing Ian and Carl Bell, with Conrad Harrison / Lee Patterson second and Carl Fenwick / Mark Sayers third in both outings. Despite a change of date for the annual "Cock O' The North" meeting to avoid clashes with the Southern 100 and B.S.B. the meeting is still unfortunately suffering from a slightly depleted field in some events, particularly in the sidecar class due to there being a number of other high profile race meetings being held, including the F.S.R.A. FII Sidecars at Anglesey; and the Jock Taylor Trophy Races at Knockhill.
The absence of Ian and Carl Bell due to work commitments, should on paper make life easier for Conrad Harrison / Lee Patterson (PRS Shelbourne Honda) although if the under-rated Dave Wallis / Steve Wareham (LCR Honda) finally get some luck at Oliver's Mount they could well be in the mix for a win. Add in the likes of Tony Thirkell / Nigel Barlow (TT Motorsport MR Equipe Honda) who finally cracked the sub-two minute lap at Scarborough last time out and they too could spring a surprise. Fresh from competing in the Southern 100 last week, David Hirst / Luke Beckworth (Shelbourne Honda RR) and Greg Lambert / TBA (GLR Suzuki) will both be making a welcome return to the circuit. Both teams had to overcome machine problems in the early part of the week, but had strong showings in the final race and will come to Oliver's Mount on a high. With the teams of Nige Mayers / Doug Chandler (Shelbourne Suzuki); Jim Noble / Shaun Chandler (Shelbourne Honda); Robin Daykin / Annette Daykin (Ireson Yamaha R6); veteran campaigners Gerry Flynn / Dave Clark (Suzuki) and Manx newcomer pairing Marc Fagan / Robert Lunt (FFRS MRE Yamaha); poised to capitalise on any mistakes from the favourites, then there should be good racing all the way down the field.
2 Conrad Harrison / Lee Patterson - 600 Shelbourne Honda
4 Tony Thirkell / Nigel Barlow - 600 MR Equipe Honda
6 David Hirst / Luke Beckworth - 600 Shelbourne Honda
7 Marc Fagan / Robert Lunt - 600 FFRS / MRE Yamaha
8 Gerard Flynn / Dave Clark - 598 Flynn Suzuki
9 Jim Noble / Shaun Chandler - 600 Shelbourne Honda
10 Nigel Mayers / Doug Chandler - 600 Shelbourne Suzuki
57 Dave Wallis / Steve Wareham - 600 LCR Honda
69 Greg Lambert / T.B.A. - 600 GLR Suzuki
81 Robin Daykin / Annette Daykin - 600 Cameron Autotech Ireson FII
|Posted by Tim Langham on July 19, 2011 at 8:51 AM||comments (1)|
Some photographs from the Southern 100. Thank you to Brian Kneale of "ManxDigitalImages.com" and Robin Hynes of "Northline Photography" for allowing me to publish their work on here. Links to their sites will be on the LINKS section of this site shortly, where they have many more photos of the Southern 100 and other racing events.
Courtesy of manxdigitalimages.com
Courtesy of Northline Photography
Courtesy of Northline Photography
|Posted by Tim Langham on July 19, 2011 at 8:46 AM||comments (0)|
The Southern 100 Road Races were held last week on the Isle of Man, in unusually hot and sunny weather. There was close racing, as has been the norm in recent years, in both solo and sidecar races. Once again it was the Austrian - Manx combination of Klaus Klaffenbock / Dan Sayle who took a brace of wins, but this year, in the opening race particularly, they had to work extra hard for the win after being pressured hard by the outfits of Simon Neary / Jason Crowe and Ian / Carl Bell.
Team BHR and Chandler Racing were both in action, and experienced mixed weeks. There is a full review of the meeting in the 2011 Team BHR Diary page here
|Posted by Tim Langham on July 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM||comments (0)|
The 9th Annual Bikers Classics meeting was held at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the heart of the Ardennes Forest, Belgium on the 1st-3rd July. We were delighted to be invited to attend and parade the 500 BLR Konig outfit. The meeting featured a plethora of machinery from all eras of Grand Prix motorcycle racing, and featured a host of living legends on circuit. I managed to take photographs of most of the participating Grand Prix sidecar machinery (including the beautiful 500 Seymaz Krauser-Yamaha of Steve Abbott & Scott Whiteside, above). The photos can be found on "Steve's Place" in this thread
|Posted by Tim Langham on June 21, 2011 at 5:39 AM||comments (0)|
Since returning from the TT, there has been a lull in racing activity for Chandler Racing, and Team BHR have still to make a return to the track following the disappointing run out at Cadwell Park, way back in March. Both teams however, are aiming to compete in the Southern 100 Road Races on the Isle of Man in the second week of July. Both outfits have had new fairings fitted, and one or two other modifications to improve them. Despite struggling initially to find a passenger for the event, Dave has since managed to recruit an experienced rider who has had a number of successful rides at the Southern 100 in the past. Chandler Racing also intend to compete in the Derby Phoenix Cadwell Park meeting on July 2nd and 3rd in order to give the outfit a shakedown before the Southern.
New Paintwork for Team BHR -