Vote for your 2018 BSN Sidecar Team of the Year| Phil Wain | TT and Roads
Ben and Tom Birchall were again the benchmark for everything three-wheel related in 2018 with the Nottinghamshire brothers going on to claim another World Sidecar Championship as well as a double victory at the Isle of Man TT.
The latter, in particular, was impressive as they not only dominated both races but also raised their own lap record to a stunning 119.250mph.
The duo won from John Holden/Lee Cain and Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes, who also set new personal best laps in excess of 117mph, in each of the three-lap races and it was Reeves/Wilkes and the Finnish pairing of Pekka Paivarinta/Jussi Veravainen who challenged the Birchalls all season long in the World Championship. Indeed, Reeves/Wilkes led for much of the way before failing to finish the final three races whilst former Champion Bennie Streuer, partnered by Kevin Rousseau, were also regular podium finishers in 2018.
Reeves and Wilkes had their moment of glory at the Southern 100 which they won for the fourth time from Holden/Cain whilst Alan Founds/Jake Lowther, Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley and Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney were well to the fore at both the S100 and Isle of Man TT races.
On the domestic scene, Steve Kershaw/Stuart Clark dominated proceedings in the British F1 Sidecar Championship, coming home 169 points clear of Todd Ellis/Charlie Richardson who won the Cup competition which was held simultaneously. Pete Founds and Walmsley clinched their third British F2 title whilst special mention must also go to Estelle Leblond who, partnered by Melanie Farnier, became the first female driver to lap the TT course at more than 110mph with a superb lap of 110.732mph.
But who were your sidecar men – or women – of the year. Vote now…
Voting closes December 22