Silicone Engineering and Barnes Racing are proud to announce their amalgamation for the 2019 Sidecar racing season with the newly formed team to be known as SBR.
SBR will be running two sidecar teams for the 2019 season with Isle of Man TT race winner John Holden again being partnered by Manxman Lee Cain whilst the Lancastrian pairing of Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney will be alongside them in the impressive looking squad.
SBR are a Lancashire-based team with deep roots in racing sponsorship going back some 35 years and spokesperson for SBR Ian Barnes said “We are very proud to have put the two teams together and are looking forward to a very exciting season with our two outfits.”
SBR have a busy season ahead of them with both Holden/Cain and Blackstock/Rosney competing at the Isle of Man TT and Southern 100 road races where there’ll be on board Honda-powered LCR machinery.
With Holden having won twice at the TT, in 2011 and 2016, he now has a stunning total of 19 podiums to his name around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course with a brace of seconds being achieved with Cain in both 2017 and 2018, lapping at 117.878mph at the latter to become the second fastest duo ever. Race wins will once more be the aim in 2019.
Blackstock/Rosney, meanwhile, continue to impress on the roads and took a career best finish, to date, of fourth in the second Sidecar TT race of 2017. They followed that up with fifth in 2018 with a new personal best lap of 113.677mph, which makes them the 12th fastest crew of all time. The duo also made their debut at the Southern 100 where they finished in an excellent fifth place in the feature Championship race.
In addition to the International road races, Holden/Cain and Blackstock/Rosney will also contest the Hyundai Construction British Sidecar Championship and New Zealand Tri-Series on ARS Kawasaki and LCR Suzuki machinery respectively.
Speaking about the season ahead, double Isle of Man TT race winner and New Zealand Tri-Series winner Holden added; “SBR is a great combination and a very enthusiastic group of professional people of which I am proud to be involved with and we’re all looking forward to a successful 2019 season together.”