NEWLY-crowned Molson Group British F1 Sidecar champions Steve Kershaw and Ryan Charlwood are set to storm pastures new next season as they take on the world.
Less than a week after winning the domestic title at Brands Hatch, the duo have revealed they’ll be heading off to the FIM Sidecar World Championship to mix it up with the quickest outfits on the global stage.
Now boasting five titles between them, Kershaw and Charlwood beat team-mates and reigning British champs Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson by 23 points in the final standings, despite their rivals claiming the International Sidecar Superprix honours by just a point ahead of Tim Reeves and Kevin Rousseau.
And while departing UK shores to run his own squad may mean leaving Roger Body’s Santander Salt colours behind, Scotsman Kershaw believes it’s now time for a new challenge.
“I have always wanted to run my own team,” he said. “We are a very close-knit family, and Ryan has slotted into that scene perfectly.
“Without Roger Body and his support over the past three seasons, none of this would have been possible, and we are eternally grateful to him for all he has done.”
Body added: “Steve has been a real asset to our colours, and a true professional throughout our relationship.
“We could not have chosen a better ambassador for Santander Salt, and I wish him all good luck and fortune in the future.”