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Ellis and Richardson dominate in Lincolnshire to take series lead with World Champions watching
The second running of the Massingberd Mundy Sidecar Revival was a huge success, with sidecar race fans flocking from far and wide to Cadwell Park for round three of the championship.
The series regulars shared the programme with classic outfits from the fifties and sixties, as well as demonstration laps by former and current day world champions on their legendary two-stroke Grand Prix outfits. The sight, sound and smell of these intricate four-cylinder missiles was nostalgic, evocative and memorable.
The weather was kind, the atmosphere excellent and the racing more than lived up to expectations. Qualifying saw the series leaders Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark head the grid, from team-mates Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson, and the Barnes Racing/Silicone Engineering pairings of John Holden/Lee Cain and Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney.
Race One – Kershaw and Clark got a flier from the lights, and looked totally in control on lap one, with Ellis/Richardson firmly in tow.
Behind, Blackstock/Rosney and Holden/Cain were also locked in a family battle, with John Holden eventually getting the verdict.
The pace at the front was fierce, and Ellis moved past to lead the reigning champions, who tried lap after lap to find a way back past the young Cadwell specialist. As they approached tail-enders, Ellis made the move past, and Kershaw, keen to do the same, went off-line at Hall Bends, and piled into the air-fence.
They were not hurt, but the bike was bent, so they were out. This left the field clear for Ellis and Richardson to take an easy victory with the Santander Salt Honda.
Behind them, Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde and Chris Walker/Tom Christie were both making progress, with Ben Holland/Lee Watson and Andy Peach/Ken Edwards also in the hunt.
Sadly, Ben Holland's fairing came loose on the JG Speedfit/Quattro Plant Kawasaki, and dropped onto the wheel. They were therefore another crew out of the running.
John Holden and Lee Cain got the better of their team-mates, and raced to a brilliant podium spot. Walker and Christie were then sitting fourth, but in the closing laps dropped to sixth place and ten points.
Result – 1/ Ellis/Richardson (Santander Salt Honda, 2/ Holden/Cain (SBR Kawasaki),
3/ Blackstock/Rosney (SBR Yamaha), 4/ Bryan/Hyde (CVR/GBM Honda),
5/ Biggs/Schmitz (Taurus Tools Honda), 6/ Walker/Christie (Santander Salt/TAG Racing Yamaha) 7/ Peach/Edwards (Lifesafety Yamaha), 8/ Kirk/Smithies (MK Racing Yamaha).
Race Two – The grid was based on race one result, so Ellis/Richardson began where they left off and shot into a lead they were never to relinquish.
Behind them, the Barnes/Silicone crews of Blackstock/Rosney and Holden Cain were once more at each other. Just as before, the TT veteran Holden wound in his younger team-mate and surged past for another fine second place.
Meanwhile, Kershaw/Clark were fighting through from twentieth on the grid, before they retired with brake problems on lap six, when up to fifth place. This weekend was not going to plan for the champions.
Rob Biggs and Jerome Schmitz were having a really good ride on their Taurus Tools Honda, and followed Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde home for a fifth place which would move them third in the title standings, for now at least.
Sixth place came from a sterling performance by Martin Kirk and Shellie Smithies with their MK Racing Yamaha. This on a track where they crashed so heavily last year, with Shellie sustaining serious pelvic injuries.
Ben Holland and Lee Watson once again retired the JG Speedfit/Quattro Plant Kawasaki with coolant problems, and a repeat of the loose fairing.
Chris Walker sadly had ended his efforts for the day, so was looking forward to Knockhill and round four to improve his position.
Result – 1/ Ellis/Richardson, 2/ Holden/Cain, 3/ Blackstock/Rosney, 4/ Bryan/Hyde,
5/ Biggs/Schmitz, 6/ Kirk/Smithies, 7/ Founds/Lowther, 8/ Peach/Edwards
Race Three – Once more Kershaw and Clark were at the back of the grid, and once more Todd Ellis and Chaz Richardson shot into a lead which would prove insurmountable for anyone else to conquer.
Ben Holland and Lee Watson had similar challenges to Kershaw, and both crews set about hauling their way through the pack over the fourteen laps.
Holden/Cain and Blackstock/Rosney resumed their private battle, with John Holden once again triumphing for a hat-trick of second places. This would project him and Lee Cain into sixth place in the standings, whilst Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney were destined to leave Cadwell Park in third place, just one point ahead of Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde. The CVR/GBM Honda pairing were not far off the podium in every race.
Blackstock and Rosney have returned to the British Championship bringing all the experience from a year on the World Championship trail, and it showed. They surely must now stick with this success story here at home.
Meanwhile, the progress by Kershaw/Clark through the field was meteoric, and they set fastest lap in doing so.
The traffic was a real handicap in the early stages, and fourth place was as high as they could climb in fourteen laps before the flag came out. They were at least able to salvage some points from an otherwise disastrous weekend, leaving them fifty-one points adrift of their young team-mates going to Knockhill.
Holland and Watson made it through to eighth, so they were not empty-handed either heading for Scotland.
Rob Biggs and Jerome Schmitz had another solid ride, and whilst now fifth in the standings, are only two points off third place. Similarly, John Holden and Lee Cain are sniffing their leathers, just two points further back. This is all to play for, and we are only three rounds into the new season.
Worthy of mention is the gallant effort by Alan Founds and Jake Lowther, who took their short chassis Cloud Vapours Yamaha to three consistent scores, moving them twelfth in the table.
Result – 1/ Ellis/Richardson, 2/ Holden/Cain, 3/ Blackstock/Rosney, 4/ Kershaw/Clark,
5/ Bryan/Hyde, 6/ Biggs/Schmitz, 7/ Founds/Lowther, 8/ Holland/Watson.
Standings – Ellis/Richardson 129, Kershaw/Clark 78, Blackstock/Rosney 64,
Bryan/Hyde 63, Biggs/Schmitz 62, Holden/Cain 60, Peach/Edwards 47, Gray/Pitt 43,
Christie/Christie 42, Holland/Watson 37, Cable/Masters/Lawrence 33, Founds/Lowther 31
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Nostalgia in the air at Bemsee’s Sidecar Revival Festival at Cadwell Park
Nostalgia, along with the scent of fumes and the smell of Castrol R, was in the air at Cadwell Park at the weekend, as the British Motorcycle Racing Club hosted its Sidecar Revival Festival.
Yet while the weekend featured the fascinating Camathias Cup sidecars, the Molson Group British F1 Sidecar Championship and the ACU / FSRA British F2 Sidecar Championship, Bemsee’s own RKB / BMCRC F1 and F2 sidecars were also in action, plus the DFDS Yamaha Past Masters Championship and the ACU Team Green Junior Cup and Senior 300 series. Adding to the solo spectacle was also the GP Originals Championship.
RKB-F1 and BMCRC F2 Sidecars
Tommy Philp and Jonny Allum continued their impervious run of form in the class’ four races over the festival weekend, collecting all of the wins available to extend their championship lead as the series heads into a mid-season break.
On the Brian Grays Powerbiking LCR 1000cc outfit, Philp and Allum qualified on pole on Saturday morning. They were joined on the front row by fellow F1 outfit of Jon Bicknell and Phil Ensor, and the F2 pairing of Giles and Jen Stainton, but they were a class apart as racing got underway.
In a shortened race one - shortened due to an accident for Martin Best, who was air-lifted to hospital but is now on the road to recovery and will make a full return to fitness - the pair picked up their first win of the weekend, taking the chequered flag first ahead of Scott and Lee Edwards, second in the F1 class on their Economy Heating Services BMR Suzuki-powered machine. The final spot on the podium went to F2 class winners Paul Kirby and Thomas Graves on a DDM Suzuki.
Going the distance in race two, Philp and Allum disappeared at the front for win number two, but behind left two outfits dicing for the runner-up spot, and the F2 win.
Andy King and Andrew Sigsworth were chased all the way to the line by Charlie Morphet and Paul Halliburton, and only just managed to hold them off as the gap at the chequered flag was less than a second.
There was close racing throughout the field, and while the Edwards pairing finished a lonely fourth and second in the F1 class, the battle for fifth and the final F2 class podium spot went down to the wire. Roger and Bradley Stockton sealed it in the end, taking the chequered flag by two tenths of a second ahead of Paul Downes and David Hainsworth.
Philp and Allum’s domination continued in race three and the first of Sunday’s two races. Nearly 45 seconds to the good, they crossed the line for a hat-trick of overall and F1 class wins.
Second went to F2 class winners Morphet and Halliburton, while King and Sigsworth finished third overall and second in the F2 class. Scott and Lee Edwards finished fourth, picking up a second place trophy for the F1 class, with the final F2 podium spot going to the Staintons in fifth. Simon Horton and Adam Buxton completed the F1 podium in sixth.
It was four wins from four and almost one hand on the 2019 championship already for Philp and Allum in the second of Sunday’s outings, while Morphet and Halliburton collected another F2 class win in second.
Bicknell and Ensor finally climbed onto the overall podium, taking third and second in the F1 class ahead of King and Sigsworth, who in turn were second in the F2 class. Fifth gave Allison Lawrence and Kez Hughes the final spot on the F1 podium, as third in the F2 class went to Stockton and Stockton in seventh.
DFDS Yamaha Past Masters
Just 11 points was the difference at the top of the DFDS Yamaha Past Masters championship standings going into the weekend at Cadwell Park, with Scott Carson leading Doug Edmondson.
And while Carson set pole, it was Edmondson who enjoyed the bulk of the weekend’s success, taking three wins.
Edmondson led race one from start to finish, but he was never clear of former champion Peter Branton in second. Yet despite being pushed all the way to the chequered flag, he was never headed and took the win by eight tenths of a second. Pole-sitter Carson rode to a solitary third.
The Clubman win went to Simon Clark in ninth, with the Rookie spoils going to Richard Hayward - who also collected a single championship point - in 15th.
It was a repeat podium in race two, as Edmondson led from the off. Chased again by Branton, the two swapped the lead before Edmondson eventually pulled enough of a gap to win by a little over one and a half seconds. Clark and Hayward were Clubman and Rookie winners respectively in seventh and 15th.
Sunday’s opener and Edmondson put the hammer down early on, pulling a three second at the front which he managed to the finish. Behind, Branton and Carson duelled for second, with a last lap move seeing Branton cross the line four tenths of a second ahead of Carson.
Clark’s DNF promoted Neil Grant to Clubman winner, as he took seventh, and Hayward added another Rookie win to his tally, finishing 13th.
After turning a 11-point deficit into a 16-point series lead, Edmondson saw his hard work undone in the final race, a DNF and a win for rival Carson swinging the pendulum back in Carson’s favour.
Edmondson and Branton were running in first and second, but both failed to make the chequered flag, handing the win to Carson, and with it a nine-point championship advantage.
Second went to Andrew Davies with Peter Moore third. Top Clubman was Grant in fourth, while David Ball took the Rookie win in an impressive 10th.
ACU Team Green Junior Cup and Senior 300
Elliot Dufton and Ash Barnes split the wins in the ACU Team Green Junior Cup and Senior 300 races, with Dufton taking a brace on Saturday and Barnes doubling up on Sunday.
After trailing Lewis Jones early in race one, Dufton moved past and pulled away to take the win, with Jones two seconds adrift in second. Barnes made it an all Junior class podium, with the highest ranked Senior 300 runner Tony Davies in fourth.
It was two from two for Dufton in race two. Edging away at the front Jones gave chase, but crashed out trying to remain in touch. That promoted Barnes to second, while Davies took another Senior win and climbed onto the overall podium in third.
Dufton looked as though he was on course for his third win in the first of Sunday’s two races, leading until the final third of the race before being passed by eventual winner Barnes, who, after hitting the front, pulled away to take the win by four seconds from Dufton. Jones completed the podium in third, and made it an all Junior top-three, with Davies fourth, adding another Senior class win to his haul from the weekend.
It was a repeat top-four in the final race, Barnes, Dufton, and Jones the overall podium with Davies fourth.