It’s all change for Sleaford sidecar racer Gary Horspole with passenger Jimmy Connell as the new season heralds a change to the British Sidecar championship.
The new regulations that apply to the 2019 British Championship dictate that competitors will no longer be able to use the big 1000cc engines as in previous years but will switch to 600cc powered outfits.
With this in mind Horspole has made adjustments to his long LCR chassis to accommodate a new Yamaha R6 engine which is in the process of being prepared by Keith Whiting.
The Lincolnshire/Scottish pairing ended last season in a fine sixth place after an eventful championship which saw them record some strong results including three podium finishes but also a few non finishes plus a heart stopping crash which left Horspole trapped in the upturned outfit, luckily without injury.
Horspole said: “we are both looking forward to the new season and will be aiming for a top five place in the new championship. We realise the need for some intense testing this year because of the change of engine and instead of struggling in poor weather conditions at home we have made the decision to go abroad this year.
Horspole and Connell are intending to go to the Val de Vienne circuit in Le Vigeant in Western France for a week of testing on March 18-22 where a large contingent of sidecar racers including a mix of world and British championship plus national series runners come together to test their respective outfits prior to the start of their various series.
2019 Hyundai Construction Equipment British Sidecar Championship dates -
Rd 1 - May 4-6 - Oulton Park
Rd 2 - June 14-16 - Brands Hatch GP
Rd 3 - June 22-23 - Cadwell Park (sidecar revival)
Rd 4 - June 28-30 - Knockhill
Rd 5 - July 19-21 - Snetterton
Rd 6 - August 2-4 - Thruxton
Rd 7 - August 16-18 - Cadwell Park
Rd 8 - September 20-22 - Assen
Rd 9 - October 4-6 - Donington Park GP
Rd 10 - October 18-20 - Brands Hatch GP