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Top Class entry heads for Brands Hatch for round two

Top Class entry heads for Brands Hatch for round two

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.

There are some new names, and some old ones, but with the exception of a series regular Roger Lovelock who is taking a sabbatical, and Felixtowe’s Sean Hegarty/James Neave as yet to confirm entry, the grid is as strong as it’s ever been, with a handful of 600’s headed by Cup leaders Ben and Tom Birchall on their Mitchells of Mansfield Honda LCR expected to feature well on the short Indy circuit.

Eagerly awaiting the race weekend is Santander Salt’s Chris Walker who, since making his debut at Oulton with a mightily impressive sixth place, has thought of nothing else but getting back on the outfit.  He was in a very optimistic mood ahead of the weekend. “Ashley (Hawes) and I only met on the Saturday of Oulton Park, so we hardly knew each other. We clicked straight away, so we now need track time together to refine our combined efforts and learn how to go faster as one. I can’t tell you how much I loved racing the outfit. I know the Brands Indy circuit inside out from my many Superbike rides there, so the track will not be a problem”. 

Another crew with a warm glow is John Holden and Stuart Ramsey on the Barnes Racing/Silicone Engineering ex. Benny Streuer Suzuki. Since teaming up late last season, they have really come on as a partnership.

Hanafin’s Rupert Archer/Steve Thomas hold fifth overall (fourth in the premier class points) and will be joined this weekend by eager team-mates Ben Holland/Lee Watson who sat out Oulton for a technical infringement. Watch out for Santander Salt’s Andy Peach/Chas Richardson who have ground to make up coming to Brands with zero points, after an Oulton DNF. Brands is home turf for them and they fly at the Kent track.

With one race on Saturday, and the second encounter mid-afternoon smack between the two Superbike races and covered by Quest TV live on Freeview, exposure and awareness will be at an all-time high. All we need is good weather to make the weekend spectacle perfect.

Bring it on!!!