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Birchalls make perfect start

Posted onPosted on 16th Apr

Mitchells of Mansfield-supported Birchall Racing got their 2018 competitive season off to the perfect start with a race win at round one of the British Sidecar Championships at Brands Hatch.

Following a winter of training, testing and development on their World Championship-winning outfit, Ben and Tom Birchall went out to gain valuable race data ahead of their first 2018 FIM World Sidecar Championship event of the year at Le Mans this weekend.

After qualifying in pole position, Ben made an excellent start and, despite losing out on power to the larger 1,000cc machines, the brothers led into the first corner. From there the 2017 World Champions managed to pull away from the field and were never challenged – Ben skilfully controlling the pace from the front.

The race gave the team the perfect opportunity to fully test their outfit under racing conditions. Work carried out by CF Motorsport to the Yamaha R6 600cc engine proved to be a great success with the machine performing flawlessly throughout the weekend. Pole position, a race win and fastest lap gave the Birchalls added confidence ahead of Le Mans.

The team opted to sit out of Sunday’s race due to the wet conditions of the track.

Ben Birchall said: “I’m really pleased for the result at Brand Hatch – the weekend couldn’t have gone any better. We were able to gain some great data from the CF Motorsport built R6 engine.

“We are really looking forward to starting our 2018 World Championship campaign now and would like to thank everyone who has supported us for this season.”

Tom Birchall added: “That was a cracking start to the year – just what we needed. To get pole position and a race win helps to justify all the hard work we have put in over the off-season.

“Thanks to Craig Fitzpatrick for his assistance too, the bike and motor were perfect all weekend. I can’t wait to get to Le Mans now and hopefully things will go just as well there and we can get this year’s championship off to a flying start.”

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