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    Fresh from their decisive victory in the second race at the Isle of Man TT festival Ben and Tom Birchall rode to a winning double at Grobnik Automotodrom in Croatia at the weekend to extend their championship lead in the FIM F2 Sidecar World trophy.

    The Mitchells of Mansfield supported team were contesting the F2 Sidecar World Trophy is run within the grid for the FIM F1 Sidecar world championship with the F2 riders competing for their own set of points for the trophy.

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    After the disappointment of a non finish to Saturday's first sidecar race at the Isle of Man TT festival and a lot of problems during practice Mansfield brothers Ben and Tom Birchall rode a perfect race to take a resounding win in the second encounter on Friday.

    Although the LCR Honda let go in the first race the Birchall brothers were delighted to find they had taken the lap record registering 116.798mph on the second lap. Unfortunately the unforgiving 37.73 mile mountain roads course took its toll on the final lap when they were forced to retire at Sulby crossroads.

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    Ben and Tom Birchall travelled to Kent for the second round of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar and Cup championship at Brands Hatch resulting in two resounding victories for the Mansfield team.

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    A star-studded grid will line up on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit for the second round in the 2016 British Sidecar Championship. Heading the line-up, just a couple of weeks before his isle of Man TT campaign, is Tim Reeves, who partnered by Greg Cluze on the Team E-Aide Motorsport Remse Racing Yamaha currently leads both the World and British championship chases after the opening round of each. Reeves has got the Yamaha sorted and was in imperious form at Oulton Park with a lights to flag victory. Sniffing at his heels, and out for revenge at Brands are the reigning champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood who, after a tentative start at Oulton, recovered to finish second.

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    Mansfield sidecar racing brothers Ben and Tom Birchall got their 2016 world championship season off to the best of starts by taking the decisive win at Le Mans in the opening round of the FIM F2 Sidecar World Trophy on Saturday.

    The championship consists of nine races held at six of the fastest circuits in the world with the first round held at the Le Mans circuit in France prior to the 24 hour World Endurance race.

    (update: Podium shot is by BigWally, I missed that bit) 

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    Ben and Tom Birchall travelled to Brands Hatch to further their development of the LCR Honda 600 outfit by competing in the final round of the British F1 Sidecar championship at the Kent circuit resulting in two top 20 finishes.

    Starting from a sixth row grid position for the start of the first race the start was delayed to allow for a shower of rain to pass through. Subsequently the race was reduced in distance from the scheduled 10 laps down to six.

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    Mansfield sidecar racers Ben and Tom Birchall were at Silverstone over the weekend to contest the penultimate round of the British Sidecar championship, recording a sixth place in the first race and improving to fifth in the second encounter on Sunday.

    They were making their British debut with the 600cc Honda engine housed in the long LCR chassis which is being developed to the 2016 FIM World championship specification and were up against the regular riders all on 1000cc machines.