Author: Tim Langham

A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship – Round Three Preview

Words – Tim Langham / Photographs – Ste McNorton

Round three of the series resumes on the 25th and 26th June at Anglesey Circuit, North Wales, this event following something of a sombre fortnight at the Isle of Man T.T. Races, where three sidecar competitors sadly lost their lives. The thoughts and condolences of all at the F.S.R.A. go out to the families, friends and teams involved, and no doubt there will be much reflection and memories shared over the course of the weekend.

It has been a long three years since the last visit of the British F2 Sidecars to Anglesey – obviously no thanks to the global pandemic. While the series was successfully run in 2021, unfortunately the planned visit to the Welsh island had to be cancelled owing to devolved government restrictions still being in place when the event was scheduled.

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Crawford & Hardie Make It A Donington Double

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Words – Tim Langham (F.S.R.A. Press Officer) / Photographs – Ste McNorton

Two victories for reigning champions, Lee Crawford / Scott Hardie (LCR Suzuki) closed the gap at the top of the standings to a mere four points behind early season pace-setters Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley (LCR Honda). Founds – who had Jake Lowther deputising for Walmsley – had to settle for a brace of runners-up placings in what were two excellent encounters. Meanwhile, Rob Atkinson / Mark Middleton continued their 100% record in the F2 Cup, scoring maximum points with two victories in class.

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A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Teams To Battle For Bill Boddice Trophy

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Words – Tim Langham (F.S.R.A. Press Officer) / Photographs – Paul Hunt

Following an eventful season opener at Brands Hatch, the series resumes at Donington Park on the 14th and 15th May, once again with host club N.G.R.R.C..

The weekend will not only see teams fiercely battling for championship points, but the winners of race two will be awarded the “Bill Boddice Trophy”, which reigning champions Lee Crawford / Scott Hardie (LCR Suzuki) will be hoping to defend having taken two dominant wins at this meeting last season. However, they did not have things all their own way at Brands, where Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley (LCR Honda) took a brace of wins to top the standings by fourteen points.

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Founds & Walmsley Victorious In The Battle At Brands

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Words – Tim Langham (F.S.R.A. Press Officer) / Photographs J.T.W. Motorsport Photography

Four-time champions Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley (LCR Honda) took a fine brace of wins in the opening round of this year’s British F2 Sidecar Championship at Brands Hatch – but were made to work particularly hard in race two as they had an enthralling tussle with reigning title holders Lee Crawford / Scott Hardie (LCR Suzuki). Meanwhile, Rob Atkinson / Mark Middleton (Bellas Yamaha) made a perfect start to their F2 Cup campaign, taking both class wins in dominant fashion.

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Brands Hatch To Host British F2 Championship Opener

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 Brands Hatch with N.G.R.R.C. over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th April. Last year, this same event was dominated by Lee Crawford / Scott Hardie (LCR Suzuki), who took pole position and two convincing wins. The Team A.R.C. pairing went on to take a total of nine wins, and a further three podium places from thirteen starts, landing the prestigious title by 114 points.

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2022 A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship

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A message from Pat Hamblin:

Happy New Year everyone, it’s now time to start making plans and preparations for the 2022 season. If you intend registering or would like more information regarding the 2022 A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship, please contact myself (Pat Hamblin), via email – pat.fsra@talktalk.net or via Facebook Messenger.

This year, the organisation are running a six round (thirteen race) championship which will avoid the Isle of Man T.T. and the Southern 100 events. Registration is now open, and further details and administration forms will be sent on request.

Round 1 – Brands Hatch 22/23/24 April; Round 2 – Donington Park 14/15 May (Bill Boddice Trophy); Round 3 – Anglesey 25/26 June; Round 4 – Cadwell Park 6/7 August (International Sidecar Revival); Round 5 – Croft 20/21 August (Battle of Britain); Round 6 – Knockhill 10/11 September.

Historic Double Delight For Team A.R.C.

Words – Tim Langham / Photographs – Dirk Wharton; Jenny Wells; Richard Hindmarch.

Croft – Dirk Wharton

2021 saw a step towards a return to normality following a truncated 2020 season, which had been one of cancellations and restrictions in the world of motor racing. Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie had a dominant year campaigning their LCR Suzuki F2, which ran faultlessly throughout, and also made their F600 debut on a recently acquired LCR Kawasaki with hugely encouraging results.

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A Record Breaking Return To Scotland For The British F2 Sidecar Championship

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Words – Tim Langham (F.S.R.A. Press Officer / Photos – Bryan Gough)

There was a memorable return for the first British F2 Sidecar Championship races to be held in Scotland for almost two decades. Knockhill served up some first-class racing, with new lap records achieved in both the Super F2 and Cup classes as the final placings were decided at the end of a fascinating season – which whilst disrupted by the “Covid-19” pandemic – was a credible six round series, featuring thirteen points scoring races.

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An Elated Team A.R.C Land The 2021 British F2 Sidecar Championship In Style

Words – Tim Langham / Photographs – Dirk Wharton & Ste McNorton

Croft (Dirk Wharton)

Team A.R.C.’s Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie scooped the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship with a performance masterclass last weekend at Croft. They took pole position, a dominant double win and shattered their own lap record to land the prestigious title at the penultimate round of the series.

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Winning Trebles For Fisher & Stokoe, and Horton & Forrest At Croft

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Words – Dave Tibbles / Photographs – Dirk Wharton

There was a hat-trick of wins for both the F2 and F1 F.S.R.A. / Wintec Racing Pre-Injection Championship leaders at Croft over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd August. Rob Fisher / Sarah Stokoe (600 Baker Yamaha) won all three F2 races with ease, and were the first Pre-Injection outfit home each time overall. Simon Horton / Jordan Forrest (1200 Wintec Suzuki) took the three F1 race wins, bouncing back from their disappointing Sunday last time out at Cadwell Park.

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British F2 Championship Success For Crawford & Hardie, Whilst Payne & Wilkes Lift The F2 Cup

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

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Another faultless display saw Lee Crawford / Scott Hardie (LCR Suzuki) take pole position, a double race win and a lap record, on a weekend which finally landed them the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Championship – a prize the team has been chasing for seven seasons. While Harry Payne / Mark Wilkes (GP Yamaha) had a slightly more problematic weekend, second place in the opening race and other results going in their favour saw them accrue enough points to secure the F2 Cup in their debut year in the series.

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Fisher / Stokoe Continue Pre-Injection Dominance At Sidecar Revival

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Words – Dave Tibbles / Photographs – Dave Goy

The third International Sidecar revival at Cadwell Park was held over the first weekend of August, at which the F.S.R.A. / Wintec Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship hosted their fourth round, the first time that the series has been invited to this event.

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Records Shattered In The A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship At Cadwell Revival

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Words – Tim Langham (F.S.R.A. Press Officer) / Photographs – Dave Goy

The Cadwell Park International Sidecar Revival meeting lived up to all expectations with close and exciting racing throughout the weekend – particularly in the trio of A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship races. Lap records tumbled in both the Super and F2 Cup categories; with two wins going to reigning champions Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley (LCR Honda), and the other – a superb first outright victory for Harry Payne / Mark Wilkes (GP Yamaha) – who eased to a hat-trick of wins in the F2 Cup.

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A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship Approaching The Half Way Point

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

The A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship returns to Cadwell Park’s Sidecar Revival for the second time following their inaugural invitation back in 2019. At that meeting, Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley proved invincible, taking pole position and a hat-trick of wins, breaking the lap record on each occasion, on their way to an unprecidented fourth consecutive British Championship.

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