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Sidecars galore as series resumes at Dickies Donington Park

Sidecars galore as series resumes at Dickies Donington Park

Donington Park will play host to an unprecedented number of sidecar outfits this coming Dickies British Superbike weekend (16-18 September) when the Hyundai Heavy Industries British and FIM World Sidecar Championships also descend on the famous circuit. Both series are at a crucial stage with Britain’s Tim Reeves and Greg Cluze (Team E-Aide Motorsport Remse Yamaha) in a challenging position in each title chase. They are fully expecting to chase down the twenty-three point deficit on Pekka Paivarinta and Kirsti Kainulainen for World honours, whilst not losing sight of a slightly larger deficit in the domestic competition.

Hyundai series leaders Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood (Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki) know full well that with three races on the programme, this is their chance to put the title out of reach of the talented Reeves. They enjoy a thirty-three point advantage over their Portsmouth neighbour Ben Holland passengered by Lee Watson, and a further nine-point gap ahead of Reeves. Holland/Watson on the Hannafin Kawasaki have been particularly strong this year with new-found reliability and determination.

Fourth, with an unbroken record of points-scoring finishes, is rookie Chris Walker who, with passenger Ashley Hawes, will be returning to the scene of his biggest and most memorable disappointment when his Suzuki GSXR750 expired within sight of the 2000 BSB title. That was all a long time ago, and the immensely versatile racer has long since moved on. He does however have unfinished business, so rest assured he will be bidding for his first visit to the top step of the podium on his Santander Salt Kawasaki LCR.Chris Walker will be looking to make amends at Donington 16 years' after his near miss at clinching the British Superbike title on the same circuit

Whilst the World Championship race will take place at the end of the day on Saturday with the exclusion of any British runners not originally registered, there will be two combined qualifying sessions to sort the men out from the boys. It is widely expected that the Hyundai regulars, on home ground, will give a good account of themselves in this regard. Conversely, the British Championship races are open to any World runners who might fancy their chances up to a maximum grid size.

Either way, we are promised four episodes of fantastic three-wheeled action as the season draws towards its end. Eurosport will screen the Sunday afternoon race live with the Motors TV highlights show produced as usual one week later. Our television partner for this round is Dickies clothing.