SPONSOR

BEN AND TOM BIRCHALL END CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A WIN

Mansfield sidecar racers Ben and Tom Birchall wrapped up their 2014 world championship challenge with a win in the final round of the FIM F1 Sidecar World championship at Le Mans in France on Saturday to seal the runner up spot in this year's world series

Ben and Tom completed their qualifying with ease setting pole position for Saturday's final campaign and as the lights went out the Mitchells of Mansfield supported team shot away to get the hole shot into the first corner with Reeves and Cluze right behind in their tyre tracks. But as they approached the first chicane Reeves made a move to overtake which left Ben and Tom fighting off the challenge of Paivarinta and Karttiala who were also in the mix. But the Birchalls had the measure of the Fins and powered the LCR Suzuki away to battle for the lead with Reeves. On numerous occasions the Birchalls were forced wide to the extent that their pace was compromised but they fought back each time until once again they were pushed so wide they had to run down the escape road to avoid a crash. They rejoined the race down in third place some five seconds behind Paivarinta and in their efforts to catch the two outfits ahead broke the lap record on two occasions.

After passing the Fin it was not long before they caught and passed Reeves and this time they pulled away to establish a hefty lead going on to cross the finish line some 10 seconds ahead of Paivarinta.

Ben said: "It has been a difficult year for both Tom and me and also our sponsors, friends and family but once I overcame my injury we were back on top form. Taking the win and also the lap record here at Le Mans is a special achievement for us especially as it is the last round of the championship. After being pushed off the track, to come back strong and win the race is a good end to our season. We will come back strong next year and our priority is to bring the world title back to Mansfield."

Because they were unable to race at Croatia the Birchalls championship lead was wiped out and they were left with a 50 point deficit. The surgeon did an incredible job to save Ben's hand and although he was still riding severely injured and undergoing several operations between races he rode through the pain to bring the deficit down to just 16 points - another race and the championship could have been theirs.

The race from Le Mans will be shown on Motors TV on Thursday at 11pm.

pic credit Wally Walters

Link to Birchall Racing website http://www.birchallracing.com

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

BIRCHALL RACING WINS AT ARAGON
BIRCHALLS BEGIN DEFENCE OF WORLD TITLE
BIRCHALL BROTHERS EXTEND THEIR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD
BIRCHALL BROTHERS ON PODIUM AT DONINGTON PARK
BIRCHALL BROTHERS SECURE SERIES LEAD
BEN AND TOM RECEIVE SPECIAL COMMENDATION FROM THE MAYOR OF MANSFIELD
BIRCHALL BROTHERS TAKE BRONZE MEDAL IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
MAIDEN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY FOR BIRCHALL BROTHERS AT RIJEKA, CROATIA
PODIUM FOR BIRCHALL RACING AT RAIN-SOAKED SACHSENRING
Results 2006 - 13th overall
BIRCHALL RACING 2007 PREVIEW
Double podium for Birchall Racing at Snetterton
TOP FOUR FOR BIRCHALL RACING AT ASSEN
A TOP FOUR FINISH FOR BIRCHALL RACING AT DONINGTON PARK
BIRCHALL BROTHERS WIN IN GERMANY
BIRCHALL BROTHERS ON PODIUM IN SPAIN

 

NEWS

USED ENGINE COLLECTION GUIDE
Used engines are a particular risk in a pallet network. If the fluids are not drained, they can leak, contaminating other freight, trailer/truck beds and create a slip hazard. If they are not securely fastened to the pallet, they detach and damage other freight, leak oil and become a contact hazard by falling from vehicles. Read more...

EU

PALLETWAYS

SERVICES

 

MEMBERS OF...

ADS

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

 

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player