SIDECAR racers of the FSRA Pre Injection series will kick off their new look championship this season as club chiefs introduce two distinct classes.
As the outfits descend on Mallory Park alongside EMRA this Sunday, fans will notice a series split, which was set into motion thanks to increased support and popularity of the series, and the ranks will now be separated into the F1 and F2 class.
The F2 category will aim to ’emulate sidecar racing from the 80s and 90s’, which will feature four-stroke machinery with a capacity limit of 600cc competing along with two strokes up to 350cc, while all other bike variations will compete in the F1 class.
Last year’s title winners John Shipley and Milo Ward have set sail for pastures new as they move to the sister championship, the ACU FSRA British F2 championship, as Mark Burns and Steve Winfrow follow suit. Joining them for wildcard appearances will be 2018 runners up Simon Horton and Adam Buxton, who have also acquired a modern F2 with plans to drop into some British Championship events alongside their full EMRA campaign.
But this year’s Pre-Injection F2 class will still be a very close fought affair as reigning second runners-up and first 600 crew, brothers John and Doug Chandler, will be looking to consolidate their position as the top F2 PI squad.
They will face tough competition, however, from returning former champs and former multi-time IOMTT winners Rob Fisher and Rick Long. Other returnees, who had consistent showings last season include the Graphic Racing outfits of Hayley Christie and Matthew Simms as well as Jody and Reece Simms.
The F1 class is now wide open with last year’s top three teams moving to other series. Could this be a year for the big two strokes to come to the fore, or will the big four stroke machines continue to rule the standings?
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