THE UK’s busiest sidecar outfit looks set for another hectic year, as Phil and Mick Bell have revealed their 2018 plans.
Once again, the F1-loving side of the Bell racing dynasty will share their outfit, as Phil commits to a full season in the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship, while Mick returns to the club racing scene.
It’s all change for 2018, as the Bell F1 outfit will run under Kawasaki ZX10 power for the first time, and Phil is joined in the passenger seat by the highly-experienced Stuart Ramsay.
And it will be the first time he has committed to the whole British championship season, as he bids to improve on his sixth place finish last year.
“This winter has seen some major investment into the team by Boris Stroud of Marin Motorsport,” he said. “New Kawasaki ZX10 2017 power plants have been purchased and we’ve had a major overhaul of the bike including some new light weight bodywork that should suit both of us big lads better!
“I also have a new passenger in the experienced Stuart Ramsay and we are both eager to get started and have committed to the full British Championship which a major change for me.
“Normally work gets in the way, but with our major backing this season and the battle of keeping 1000cc F1 sidecars going I wanted to commit to the full championship.
“We both have high hopes for the success with the aim of regular BSB podiums this season to better the two visits last season.”
Phil and Stuart plan to be out in action at Knockhill on March 17, assuming they can get their machine ready in time.
“We have had some good advice on the electronics side and are receiving good support from MSS Kawasaki but we are struggling with the actual wiring but fingers crossed we’ll be ready soon.”
He had been battling for title honours in the Marin Cup at the time of the off, and he wants to finish the job properly this year.
He is still seeking a passenger to run with him in the Marin Cup and the Scottish Championships, and is hoping his injuries won’t slow him down or hamper his progress.
“He is facing a battle to be fit and needs to find a passenger, but he is planning to return to the Scottish Championship and the Marin Cup, but his first round at Knockhill will clash with my first round at Brands Hatch,” Phil explained.
“But Boris Stroud has agreed to lend Mick the old Baker 750 Suzuki to hopefully allow him to score some valuable Scottish points.
“It’s going to be another busy year for the world’s busiest outfit, but we can’t wait. It’s going to be a big season and we are raring to get started.”
Any passengers interested in jumping in the chair with Mick in the Scottish series and Marin Cup can contact the team via the Bell F1 Racing Facebook page. F1 LCR experience is preferred.
*Main image: Ian Hopgood
*Side image: Bell F1 Sidecar Racing
*Mick Bell action image: Steve Snelling