Birchalls eye new TT outright record as 2018 season begins
2017 FIM World Sidecar Champions Ben and Tom Birchall are targeting their own lap record at the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy as part of a number of targets for the new season.
The Mansfield based brothers will not only be defending their world title, but also their Isle of Man TT victories and hope to repeat those wins in 2018.
After a stellar 2017 season, the Mitchells of Mansfield supported Birchall brothers took a little time off over the winter months to recover and celebrate their success. The pair were soon back in training however and preparing their outfits for the coming season.
In February the team travelled to Spain, where alongside CF Motorsport, a lot of improvements were made to both the engine and ignition systems as well as general set up to the machine. Ben and Tom came away from the test feeling confident ahead of the first round of the World Championship to be held at Le Mans, France on the 20-21 April.
As well as working on their world championship sidecar, some early preparation has also gone into the Isle of Man TT winning bike. Further improvements are in the pipeline in order for the boys to defend their 2017 TT crowns and attack their outright sidecar lap record of 19 minutes 19.746 seconds – 117.119mph.
Birchall Racing say they are extremely thankful for the continued support of all their loyal sponsors, without whom racing at the top level would be impossible. In particular One Call Insurance, a company local to the brothers, have also agreed to further their budget with the Mansfield team in order for them to fight to retain their world title.