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2023 F.S.R.A. / 1st Call Refrigeration Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship – Round One Preview

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Croft – Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April – N.E.M.C.R.C.

Words – Dave Tibbles / Photograph – Dirk Wharton

The 2023 F.S.R.A. Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship gets underway this coming weekend at Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire. With four points scoring races on the cards, teams will be looking to make a strong start to the eight round series.

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2023 A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship To Get Underway At Croft Circuit

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Round One – Croft – N.E.M.C.R.C. Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April

Words – Tim Langham (F.S.R.A. Press Officer) / Photographs – Dirk Wharton

A new season begins for the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship at Croft over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd April with N.E.M.C..R.C. – the annual visit to the popular North Yorkshire circuit is almost five months earlier than usual, with the “Battle Of Britain” meeting moving to Cadwell Park this year – an event at which the series will also be present.

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Fantastic opportunity to race in Scotland.



The Scottish Sidecar Club have very generously offered free entries for all Irish teams @ The Sidecar Festival in East Fortune 15th & 16th April, they are also very generously giving £200 to each team to help with there Insurance and travel costs. Any teams interested please contact the Sidecar Club or Gavin Browne.
Failing that contact Mark Gash and he will give you the relevant info.

Thank you Scottish Sidecar Club and Boris Stroud for your support.

Motor Cycle Union Of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Ltd – Statement Issued 24/03/23

Motor Cycle Union Of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Ltd

Statement Issued 24/03/23

Following intense negotiations over the last week in regards to sidecars not being covered within the UC Insurance policy, we can confirm negotiations with insurers have now been completed.

Within these negotiations it has been agreed that a strict and robust risk management plan must be implemented in regards to side car competitors and machines going forward, with highly detailed documentation being formed and presented throughout this year.

With agreement reached on this, we are pleased to say side cars will now be able to compete at MCUI UC events in 2023.

We now all need to look forward and address insurance company concerns together as a centre throughout 2023, should we want racing to continue in 2024.

John Dillon

Fancy a race in Estonia?

Hello sidecar people.

You are invited to Estonia to compete at the Porsche Ring in Pärnu on 03-04.06.2023. to the stage of the Estonian championships. The Porsche Ring has been recognized as the best circuit in the Nordics and the Baltics (www.porschering.ee) and in addition it would be a great opportunity to enjoy a completely new circuit for you in Northern Europe, Estonia, for a change from Central and Southern Europe.
The schedule is still to be specified, but it is estimated that 2 free practices, 2 qualifications and 2 races (sprint and race) could be raced. The closest race is 16-18.06.2023 in Finland at Motopark (www.Motopark.fi)

I would like to know how many of you would be interested in it and able to come. The more the merrier!

I am waiting for answers to my email silverkuusk87@gmail.com

Best regards

Silver Kuusk

Statement from Irish sidecar club.


Following the news yesterday evening (14/03/22) that the Ulster Centre of the MCUI had secured an insurance policy for racing in Northern Ireland, we were informed this morning, from a third party, that the Ulster Centre insurance policy for 2023 does not in fact include Sidecar racing.

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New season and a new look for the British Sidecar Championship

This winter has seen frantic activity behind the scenes as the premier domestic sidecar race series grappled with the departure of its long-standing promoter RKB-F1 Motorsport.

A small team of sponsors and ardent supporters with former Grand Prix competitor Andy Peach at the helm has rescued the series from an uncertain future. The title sponsor has yet to be confirmed, as budgets and funding are still being finalised, but everything else is in place in terms of infrastructure. Mike Dommett and his Bemsee organisation will handle the administration and entries.

A seven-round, fifteen-race championship calendar has been announced, with five rounds running alongside the Bennetts British Superbike Championship as before, with that relationship heading into its twelfth season. The BSB October finale at Brands Hatch will carry the now traditional double points structure. Eurosport TV have again pledged their support, with both races shown live, either on TV or the Eurosport App.

The two “stand alone” rounds are the ever-popular Cadwell Sidecar Revival in early August run and promoted by Roger Body. The Revival has grown year-on-year and is a firm favourite with the fans. The comes a first for the series with a trip to Knockhill for the Jock Taylor Memorial early September. This annual event is run by Boris Stroud to commemorate the life and remarkable success of the Scottish World Champion.

It will be a fitting tribute attracting the best sidecar racers in the country as the long F1 outfits do battle with their shorter cousins over the 1.3-mile lap.

The ravages of the pandemic are now behind us, although the impact of the disruption is still being felt in many areas of sport. Dwindling sidecar grids were an unwelcome feature during 2022, so that problem needed addressing.

A change of regulations will now see both short and long chassis outfits competing head-to-head, with three classes as follows. 1/ GP Class (long F1 chassis, Minimum weight 370 kilos), 2/ Cup Class (long F1 chassis, minimum 395 kilos), 3/ F2 Class (FSRA rules minimum 370 kilos).

The points system is revised in line with the changes announced for the BSB other classes. This will give added spice to the track action, whilst keeping grid sizes high.

We will continue to bring you all the news and stories as they unfold, with our website now dedicated solely to the British series.

The 2023 calendar is –

April 29-May 1 Oulton Park BSB

May 19-21 Donington Park BSB

July 7-9 Snetterton BSB

August 5-6 Cadwell Revival

August 11-13 Thruxton BSB

September 2-3 Knockhill Jock Taylor

October 13-15 Brands Hatch BSB

Scarborough Spring Cup entries

By Dan Clarke

Entry forms for the Spring Cup meeting at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough are now out. The meeting is on 15/16 April with a closing date for entries on 6 March. If there are not enough entries by the closing date the organisers will have no option but to drop the class, which is something they really do not want to have to do.

Oliver’s Mount is a great circuit to race at and being the only real road circuit in Great Britain is a great one to have on your CV, especially if you are planning on doing the TT or S100 at some time in the future.

So come on you slidey teams, get your entries in early and don’t leave it until the last minute as so often has happened in the past and the reason why some clubs dropped the sidecar class at various meetings or even altogether. Lets keep sidecars alive at Oliver’s Mount. Unfortunately national licences are an ACU requirement for all competitors.

Regs are here

Entry Form Here

Online Entry Form

2023 World Championship Dates

The FIM and Motor Presse Stuttgart, the FIM Sidecar World Championship promoter, are delighted to announce the 2023 calendar.

𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞-𝐕𝐞𝐧𝐮𝐞-𝐅𝐌𝐍𝐬-𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐲

12-14 May Sachsenring DMSB 🇩🇪

16-17 June Spa-Francorchamps FMB 🇧🇪

23-25 June Most ACCR 🇨🇿

04-06 August Red Bull Ring DMSB 🇦🇹

18-20 August Assen KMNV 🇳🇱

07-08 October Oschersleben DMSB 🇩🇪

27-29 October Estoril FMP 🇵🇹

2023 TT Regulations, things of note

I haven’t had a chance to read all the way through yet (hardly read it at all to be honest), but there are a couple of points that have been brought up in conversation with Mark and Tim that you may want to look at before heading off to the Island.

Link to download of TT REGS (in case the box below doesn’t appear on your mobile)

If we see any more we will add them on here..

6.2. All main mounting pins/plates such as forward of the steering head must be secured
to the bodywork with a steel plate no smaller that 100mm square. This must be both
riveted and bonded (e.g. fibreglass/resin) to the bodywork in order to render it a
permanent and secure fixing point. For verification purposes all Rivet Heads must be
intact and visible on the outside of the bodywork.

6.3. There must be no fewer than four main mounting pins/pegs secured with “R” clips
dispersed appropriately around the main bodywork. All bodywork fixing pins/pegs
must always be secured with “R” clips or similar.

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