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They share the same awning, and they wear the same colours, they eat the same breakfast, and they are also good friends, but that will all stop when the lights go out here at Brands on Saturday. Once the visors go down and the race-face is on, it all about the title.

The two Santander Salt outfits of defending Champions Steve Kershaw/Stuart Clark and current series leaders Todd Ellis/Chaz Richardson are just thirty points apart, after slogging it out all season, taking eighteen of the possible nineteen wins between them.
The only other crew with a victory are Ben and Tom Birchall, who are defending their World Title in Portugal the same weekend.
With the traditional double points on offer at this the final round, a potential fifty for each race is there for the taking. You can expect fireworks from the word go, especially in the second race with its “reverse grid” formation.

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Congratulations to the 2019 F.S.R.A. / Lane Building Services Pre-Injection championship winners – in the F2 class, Rob Fisher / Rick Long took a runaway victory. They had a remarkable season with seventeen wins and one DNF from eighteen starts. The F1 class winners were Wesley Pettman / Ben Robinson, entering five of the six rounds with a perfect finishing record – indeed placing on the podium in every race they contested.

Thank you to all those who have sent messages of condolence following Dick's death on Sunday 6th October. Having spoken to Pam yesterday, it was Dick's wishes that there would not be a funeral service, simply a private cremation.

Pam has requested that no flowers be sent, please. However, Dick was a keen supporter of the Billown Club, and a competitor of many years at the Southern 100 and Pre-TT Classic Races. If anyone wishes to make a donation in his memory then this can be made to the "Southern 100 Supporters Club". This has been agreed with Pam, and Southern 100 Chairman, George Peach.

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Jim Gale (son of Dicky) is looking to do his license test at Mallory on the 18th of October.
 
Unfortunately his passenger failed his medical and Jim needs someone who knows their way round an F2 platform to hop on for the day. 
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated, please get in touch with Jim or Marc Maier via Facebook.
 

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Autumn arrived with a vengeance approaching the penultimate round of this year's title chase, with a cold, damp Donington Park as the stage. For free practice, the rain had passed, but track conditions were still far from from perfect, with the odd damp patch.
Nonetheless, Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark (Molson/Express Tyres Yamaha) shod with slick tyres, were only just over one second off lap-record pace.
The holders of that record, Ben and Tom Birchall (Mitchells of Mansfield Yamaha), were fractionally slower, ahead of series leaders Todd Ellis and Chaz Richardson (Santander Salt Honda).

 

Keith Pepperrell has passed away.

His funeral well be on the 15th October at Leatherhead Crematorium KT220AG at 13.15.

At the request of Pam, I write with the sad news that Dick Hawes died this morning (Sunday 6th October 2019).

As those who knew him are aware, Dick had been suffering with serious health issues over the last two years, and had been residing in a care home. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated in the last week, and he was admitted to hospital four days ago, and lost his fight for life ultimately with multiple organ failure.

It is Pam's wishes that there will be a small, private funeral service, for family and close friends only.

Dick has been missed in the racing paddocks this last two years, and today's events will come as a sadness to many. He will be fondly remembered for many years to come for his achievements in the sport, his generosity and humility, not to mention his sense of humour!

R.I.P. Dick

(Howard Langham)

 

Messages of condolence may be left on the forum - HERE

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Firstly, on behalf of the F.S.R.A. / Lane Building Services Pre-Injection teams, may I express a big thank you to the Wirral 100 club for their support over many years, and for hosting the final round of the series this weekend.

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The 2019 A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship came to a close at a very soggy and Autumnal Oulton Park, with optional testing on Friday and qualifying and two races on Saturday to decide the final standings. While the Super F2 series had been secured almost a month earlier at Castle Combe, going the way once again of Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley (LCR Suzuki), there was still the matter of the championship top three to decide. Meanwhile, a battle in the F2 Cup has raged all year between Simon Robinson / Mick Fairhurst (LCR Suzuki) and Rob Atkinson / Mark Middleton (Bellas Suzuki), providing some excellent, clean competition between the teams – neither of which had accrued enough points prior to Oulton to land the title.

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DONINGTON PARK, 4-6TH OCTOBER

 

We are into the closing stages of this fascinating season,and there are only two teams who can be champions. Even with the double points on offer at the Brands Hatch finale, the gap at the top cannot be closed down to bring any other crews into contention.


At the very top however, just thirty points separate the two Santander Salt crews of Todd Ellis/Charlie Richardson, and defending champions Steve Kershaw/Stuart Clark.
The Molson/Express Tyres liveried Yamaha of Kershaw undoubtedly has the speed, and the Scot's smooth style will serve him well on the flowing bends of Donington Park.
Ellis however, also has a very fast Honda CBR, and youthful determination matched with a quiet confidence, has kept him at the top of the standings.
He and Richardson, along with twelfth placed Kevin Cable and Kyle Masters, have the distinction of scoring every single round. Consistency and speed get the job done, and Kershaw/Clark have missed two scores.


I can see this one going all the way to Brands Hatch, but in the mean-time, Donington is certainly a prospect to relish.

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The eighth and final event of the 2019 A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship will be held at the popular Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September. Testing and free practice will be held on Friday, with qualifying and two races the following day.

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The “Cathedral of Speed” had a terrific line-up for the eighth round, and the promise of great racing. Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes made their only appearance as “wild cards”, and immediately put the cat amongst the pigeons in qualifying session one. They were one second clear of the Santander Salt outfits of Kershaw/Clark and Ellis/Richardson, and looking good.
Qualifying session two gave everyone the chance to really stretch their legs, and again Reeves/Wilkes were fast. They were using this as a shakedown going into the final World Championship race of the season, with eyes on the title. It was late on Friday afternoon, under cooling grey skies, and would be the deciding factor as to who started on pole.
From the word go, Reeves/Wilkes banged in a quick time, but Todd Ellis was within half a second, and just ahead of Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark. That was how it stayed, except the Santander Salt bikes switched places, with Kershaw grabbing second fastest from Ellis. The Christie brothers, Sam and Adam claimed fourth fastest ahead of Holden/Cain and Blackstock/Rosney.

 

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The seventh event of the 2019 A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship was a weekend of high drama and excitement. None more so than for Lee Crawford / Scott Hardie (LCR Suzuki), who took a dominant win in race one in sunny and relatively warm conditions. Sunday's weather could not have been further removed the previous day, nor could the result for Team A.R.C., as they aquaplaned off the circuit in race two in spectacular fashion. A re-start saw a popular win for John Lowther / Tom Christie (LCR Honda) – their first victory at this level following numerous podiums over the last few seasons. The F2 Cup title will not be decided until next weekend's season finale, with contenders Simon Robinson / Mick Fairhurst (LCR Suzuki) and Rob Atkinson / Mark Middleton (Bellas Suzuki) sharing the points equally with a win and second place each.

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The penultimate round of the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship takes place at Mallory Park over the weekend of 21st and 22nd September. At the previous round – Castle Combe, Pete Founds and stand-in passenger Jake Lowther took a double win on their LCR Suzuki to land Team Founds an unprecedented fourth consecutive British Championship title. All being well, Founds should have Jevan Walmsley back alongside him at Mallory Park, having recovered from a minor foot injury sustained at Croft in August.