Grasstrack

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Motorcycle Grasstrack is a form of track racing which typically, in its current form, takes place on a flat track consisting of two straights and two bends usually constructed in a field. [1] [2] It is one of the oldest types of motorcycle sports in the UK with the first meetings having taken place in the 1920s. [1]

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History

In the United Kingdom, kidney-shaped circuits were sometimes used to include a right hand bend, and undulating hillsides were also used to increase the challenge for riders. [1] The events traditionally occurred after haymaking and before harvesting season on newly-cut fields. [1] Postwar grasstrack circuits included "permanent" venues such as Brands Hatch and Mallory Park which were not simple oval shapes, although solo motorcycle races were run in an anti-clockwise direction. Later, these were converted into tarmac circuits with races using the more common clockwise direction associated with modern roadracing.

In the modern era, it is generally similar to Speedway with races usually taking place over 4 laps from a standing start. Unlike Speedway, which has 4 riders per race, Grasstrack racing can have many riders in each heat and the circuit is normally longer allowing higher speeds. Grasstrack has three solo classes, 250 cc, 350 cc and 500 cc together with three sidecar classes; left-handed 500 cc and 1000 cc (turning left) and right-handed 1000 cc (turning right).

The British Grasstrack season usually starts in early spring around the Easter holidays and runs through the summer/autumn months. More spectacular racing takes place at larger roped tracks including the Poacher and ASTRA Champion of Champions and Grand Slam meetings in Kent and in particular the most exciting meeting of all at the famous Rhodes Minnis circuit.

The pinnacle of the domestic Grasstrack season is the British Masters Championships. This official ACU championship is where the British champion is crowned in the mainstream 500 cc solo and 1000 cc right hand sidecar classes. Many famous Speedway riders such as 1976 world champion Peter Collins started their racing careers in Grasstrack. Some Speedway riders continue to take part in national Grasstrack meetings when their schedule permits. Grand Prix road racers John Surtees and Gary Hocking also began their racing careers in grass track competitions. [3] [4] Other competitors from the postwar era included now-famous names such as Bernie Ecclestone and Murray Walker.

In Europe the same sport is often called Long Track racing. [5] This is exactly the same setup as British grasstrack which has tracks normally around 600–800 meters in length, but is held on the continent with tracks up to 1000–1200 meters in length and with speeds reaching 90 mph – 100 mph. The machinery used is the same as are the riders.

Grasstrack Motorcycles

Grasstrack racing motorcycles look quite similar to Speedway machines but there are different engine capacity limits for each class. In the UK there are classes for 250 cc (normally 2 stroke engines), 350 cc and 500 cc bikes (usually 4-stroke engines). [1] Unlike Speedway bikes which have no gears, Grasstrack bikes usually have a 2 speed gearbox. [1] Both Speedway and Grasstrack bike have no brakes. [1] The only other main difference is that speedway bikes have no rear suspension and are shorter in length, usually by around 10–12 inches.

Also there is a class called Pre-75. These are bikes that have been made before 1975. The three classes in Pre-75, are 250, 350 and 500 cc.

As well as solo racing, sidecar racing is also quite popular and often very spectacular. There are mainly three recognised classes, 500 cc (using solo 4-stroke engines) and two 1000 cc classes (using stock road bike engines). Again, they all run on methanol, and the 500 cc class and the 1000cc Lefthand sidecar class run anti-clockwise around the oval track, and the 1000 cc class clockwise. The reason behind the difference in direction is often asked, the main reason being the origin of each class. The 500cc sidecars having been developed in mainland Europe, where drivers drive on the right of the road. The 1000cc sidecar has been developed in the UK where road users drive on the left. Therefore, the sidecar wheel is always found on the nearside of the vehicle.

The fastest recorded oval lap record is held by UK's Kelvin Tatum MBE at Rastede (1000 m Grass/Sand surface) in Germany at an average speed of 144.31 km/h.

Junior Grasstrack

Riders can start in Grasstrack racing at a young age (6 years old in the UK). Junior Grasstrack clubs cater for riders with motocross bikes as well as Grasstrack machines.

The ACU hold a National Youth Championship each season.

Current ACU British Youth Champions [6]

ClassChampion
AutosJacob Penfold
CadetsLeo Sturgeon
JuniorsCooper Rushen
IntermediatesCameron Taylor

Organisation

Whilst there are several Grasstrack racing clubs in the UK, the sport is regulated by the governing body of British motorcycle sport, the Auto Cycle Union (ACU) who organise an annual British championship.

British Championships

The British Grasstrack Championships take place at two separate events. The 250 cc and 350 cc solo, 500 cc sidecar and 1000 cc Left Hand sidecar championships take place at the ACU British National Championships. The 500 cc Solos and 1000 cc Right Hand Sidecar Champions are decided at the ACU British Masters Championships. Qualification for the National Championships are by way of a National Gradings List. There is a British Masters Qualifying event held to determine qualification for the British Masters Final event.

The British Championships are important events, particularly for 500 cc solo and 500 cc sidecar riders. The results of the championships determine who is to represent the nation on an international level for the FIM World Longtrack Championships and the UEM European Sidecar Championships. More recently a World Championship has emerged for 1000 cc Right Hand sidecars. Qualification is determined on results from both the British Masters event and the British Sidecar Speedway Championships. Many 500 cc solo riders race Grasstrack for their profession, therefore a good result in the British Masters is essential.

British Masters Championship

500cc Solo [7]

YearFirstSecondThird
1982 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Wigg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Schofield Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sean Wilmott
1983 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Wigg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Cross Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Schofield
1984 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Martin Hagon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trevor Banks Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Cross
1985 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Wigg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Carr Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trevor Banks
1986 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Cross Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Martin Hagon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trevor Banks
1987 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Martin Hagon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trevor Banks Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Nigel Da'Ath
1988 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Schofield Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trevor Banks Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jeremy Doncaster
1989 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Wigg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Clayton Williams Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Fry
1990 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Wigg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Martin Hagon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Fry
1991 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Loram Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jeremy Doncaster Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Wigg
1992 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Screen Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Schofield Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jeremy Doncaster
1993 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Loram Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trevor Banks Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kelvin Tatum
1994 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Cross Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Schofield Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kelvin Tatum
1995 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Screen Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kelvin Tatum Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Cross
1996 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kelvin Tatum Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Schofield Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jeremy Doncaster
1997 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Hurry Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kelvin Tatum Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trevor Banks
1998cancelled due to Weather
1999 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kelvin Tatum Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Screen Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Scott Nicholls
2000 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kelvin Tatum Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Hurry Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Glenn Cunningham
2001 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kelvin Tatum/Glenn Cunningham Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Hurry
2002 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Hurry Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Screen Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton
2003 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Screen Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matt Read Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kelvin Tatum
2004 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Hurry Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jason Handley
2005 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Hurry Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jason Handley Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Howe
2006 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richard Smith Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jamie Rodgers
2007 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Glen Phillips Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Hurry Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Screen
2008 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jason Handley Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Cooper Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Glen Phillips
2009 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lewis Denham Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jamie Rodgers Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton
2010 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jamie Rodgers Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tim Nobes
2011 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Glen Phillips Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Perry
2012 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Cameron Woodward Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Perry Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Glen Phillips
2013 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Cameron Woodward Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Cooper
2014 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Howe Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Cooper
2015 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Shanes Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Wright
2016 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Shanes Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Edward Kennett Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Hurry
2017 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Shanes Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Hurry Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Edward Kennett
2018 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Zach Wajtknecht Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Shanes Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton
2019 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Shanes Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Zach Wajtknecht Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Hurry
2020cancelled due to Covid
2021 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Harris Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Shanes Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mitch Godden

1000cc Sidecar [8]

YearFirstSecondThird
1982 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ted Tucker & Dave Ward Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Pete Brown & John Morron Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Smith & Trevor Pye
1983 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Smith & Trevor Pye Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Measor & Jeff Measor Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ted Tucker & Dave Ward
1984 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Blewitt & Barry Metcalfe Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Dewison & Chris Brown Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ted Tucker & Dave Ward
1985 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Measor & Dave Harris Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Pete Brown & Craig Cheetam Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Dewison & Chris Brown
1986 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Measor & Dave Harris Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Lane & Paul Urycz Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Dewison & Dave Ward
1987 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Dewison & Dave Ward Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Measor & Dave Harris Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dave Manning & Peter Blanke
1988 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Dewison & Dave Ward Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Measor & Dave Harris Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richard Piggott & Tony Angelico
1989 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Dewison & Dave Ward Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richard Piggott & Tony Angelico Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Blewitt & John Blewitt
1990 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Smith & Keith Wall Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Measor & Steve Bailey Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Blewitt & John Blewitt
1991 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richard Piggott & Martin Bailey Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Measor & Steve Bailey Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Russel Ing & Paul Urycz
1992 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Lane & Mark Edwards Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Russel Ing & Paul Urycz Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Jackson & Kevin Williams
1993 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ivor Matthews & Peter Jones Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Russel Ing & Paul Urycz Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Lane & Mark Edwards
1994 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Measor & Shane Lapham Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ivor Matthews & Peter Jones Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Jackson & Kevin Williams
1995 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Measor & Shane Lapham Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Edwards & Nick Walters Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Jackson & Mick Stace
1996 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Jackson & Mick Stace Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Edwards & Nick Walters Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Measor & Shane Lapham
1997 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Jackson & Mick Stace Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Wilson & Tony Miles Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Halsey & Jason Glenie
1998cancelled due to Weather
1999 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Halsey & Jason Glenie Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Jackson & Carl Pugh Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Wilson & Tony Miles
2000 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Wilson & Tony Miles Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Blackbourn & Martin Bailey Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ivor Matthews & Symon Wall
2001 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Bradley & Tris Winterburn/Gary Jackson & Carl Pugh Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Halsey & Jason Glenie
2002 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Halsey & Jason Glenie Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Jackson & Carl Pugh Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ivor Matthews & Tony Miles
2003 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Bradley & Tris Winterburn Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Halsey & Jason Glenie Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Wilson & Ian Whale
2004 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Whitelam & Kevin Jones Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Bradley & Jason Gill Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matt Fumarola & Andi Wilson
2005 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Wilson & Ian Whale Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Halsey & Jason Glenie Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Whitelam & Terry Saunters
2006 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Bradley & Shaun Simpson Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Wilson & Nicky Owen Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Duncan Tolhurst & Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rob Patterson
2007 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Blackbourn & Paul Whitelam Jr Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Smith & Carl Pugh Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ivor Matthews & Tony Miles
2008 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Bradley & Shaun Simpson Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Whitelam & Alan Elliott Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Wilson & Terry Saunters
2009 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cossar & Tom Cossar Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Blackbourn & Martyn Smith Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rod Winterburn & Liam Brown
2010 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Bradley & Shaun Simpson Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Whitelam & Alan Elliott
2011 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rod Winterburn & Liam Brown Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Bradley & Shaun Simpson
2012 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Bradley & Shaun Simpson Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Whitelam & Alan Elliott
2013 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Wilson & Terry Saunters Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Bradley & Shaun Simpson
2014 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rod Winterburn & Liam Brown Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gareth Winterburn & Billy Winterburn
2015 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Blackbourn & Carl Pugh Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gareth Winterburn & Billy Winterburn
2016 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rod Winterburn & Billy Winterburn Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gareth Winterburn & Liam Brown
2017 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rod Winterburn & Billy Winterburn Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gareth Winterburn & Liam Brown
2018 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gareth Winterburn & Liam Brown Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rod Winterburn & Billy Winterburn
2019 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gareth Winterburn & Liam Brown Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Blackbourn & Carl Pugh
2020cancelled due to Covid
2021 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cossar & Gareth Williams Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gareth Winterburn & Liam Brown Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Cossar & Wayne Rickards

British Grasstrack Championship

Current ACU British Grasstrack Champions

ClassChampion
250cc Solo [9] Jake Mulford
350cc Solo [10] Paul Cooper
500cc Sidecar [11] Mitch Godden & Paul Smith
1000cc LH Sidecar [12] Alex Balman/Mark Hopkins
Pre75 250cc Solo [13] Phil Ranson
Pre75 350cc Solo [14] Chris Mackett
Pre75 500cc Solo [15] Ricky Scarboro
Upright 250cc Solo [16] Chris Mackett
Upright 350cc Solo [17] Luke Harris
Upright 500cc Solo [18] Tony Atkin

World Championships

The FIM, the World's motorcycle racing authority run a World Longtrack series as well as a World Team Cup. Although both events are named 'Longtrack', they often are competed for on Grass. The World Longtrack series competitors must either qualify by finishing high enough up the standings the previous year, be selected by the FIM for a 'Wild Card', or compete in a series of qualifiers and the 'Challenge' meeting, held annually.

The World Team Cup involves each team consisting of 3 riders racing each other for points. The top team at the end is the winner.

The 1000cc Right Hand Sidecars also have their own World Championship, previously known as the 'Sidecar World Cup' and 'Sidecar Gold Cup'. The event usually takes place on speedway circuits, with Sidecar Speedway machines being mostly used.

World Longtrack Championships

World Sidecar Championship [19]

YearVenueWinnersSecondThird
2005 Flag of Germany.svg Werlte abandoned due to weather
2006 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Isle of Wight Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Christopher & Trent Koppe Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Jackson & Carl Blyth Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Wilson & Nicky Owen
2007 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Wayville Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mick Headland & Paul Waters Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gary Moon & Duane Dennis Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Plaisted & Sam Harrison
2008 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kings Lynn Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darrin Treloar & Justin Plaisted Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rick House & Adam Commons Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Bottrell & Ben Pitt
2009 Flag of France.svg La Reole Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mick Headland & Paul Waters Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gary Moon & Josh Sinnott Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Wilson & Terry Saunters
2010 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Coventry Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mick Headland & Jesse Headland Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Jackson & Henry Rogers Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richard Moore & Rick McAuley
2011 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Murray Bridge Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darrin Treloar & Jesse Headland Flag of Australia (converted).svg Glenn O'Brien & Aaron Maynard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Grant Bond & Glenn Cox
2016 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gillman Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darrin Treloar & Blake Cox Flag of Australia (converted).svg Trent Headland & Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Daz Whetstone Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mick Headland & Jesse Headland
2017 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gillman Flag of Australia (converted).svg Warren Monson & Andrew Summerhayes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darrin Treloar & Blake Cox Flag of New Zealand.svg Andrew Buchanan & Flag of Australia (converted).svg Denny Cox
2018 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gillman Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darrin Treloar & Jesse Headland Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Mitchell & Tony Carter Flag of New Zealand.svg Andrew Buchanan & Flag of Australia (converted).svg Denny Cox
2019 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gillman Flag of Australia (converted).svg Warren Monson & Andrew Summerhayes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Plaisted & Ben Pitt Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darrin Treloar & Blake Cox
2020cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

European Championships

FIM Europe hold European Championships for both the 500cc Solos and 500cc Sidecar classes. Qualification for both events is through one of the semi finals, before a One Day Final, where the winner of the 'A' Final at the end of the event is crowned European Champion.

European Solo Championship [20]

YearVenueFirstSecondThird
1978 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Hereford Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Baybutt Flag of Germany.svg Franz Kolbeck Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Don Godden
1979 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Assen Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gerald Short Flag of Germany.svg Gunther Brackland Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tjalle Reitsma
1980 Flag of Germany.svg Bad Waldsee Flag of Germany.svg Willi Stauch Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gerald Short Flag of Sweden.svg Sture Lindblom
1981 Flag of France.svg Artigues de Lussac Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Neil Farnish Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bernie Leigh Flag of Denmark.svg Skjold Larsen
1982 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Damme Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jeremy Doncaster Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Beaumont Flag of Germany.svg Josef Maucher
1983 Flag of Germany.svg Nandlstadt Flag of Germany.svg Christian Brandt Flag of Germany.svg Eric Schafferer Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gerald Short
1984 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eenrum Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Martin Hagon Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Vaclav Verner Flag of Denmark.svg Kent Noer
1985 Flag of France.svg La Reole Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Clayton Williams Flag of the Netherlands.svg Harm Horstede Flag of Denmark.svg Tommy Brock
1986 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eenrum Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Cross Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Schofield Flag of Germany.svg Joachim Reitzel
1987 Flag of Germany.svg Nandlstadt Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Roman Matoušek Flag of Germany.svg Joachim Reitzel Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Dolman
1988 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Joure Flag of Germany.svg Frank Kehlenbeck Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Will James Flag of Denmark.svg Kent Noer
1989 Flag of France.svg La Reole Flag of Germany.svg Robert Barth Flag of Denmark.svg Kent Noer Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Bostin
1990 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Uithuizen Flag of Germany.svg Robert Barth Flag of Denmark.svg Kent Noer Flag of the Netherlands.svg Henk Snijder
1991 Flag of Germany.svg Werlte Flag of Russia.svg Rif Saigareev Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Diehr Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trever Banks
1992 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Alken Flag of the Netherlands.svg Anne van der Helm Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Vaclav Milik Flag of the Netherlands.svg Paulus Ellens
1993 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eenrum Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richard Musson Flag of the Netherlands.svg Paulus Ellens Flag of Italy.svg Armando Dal Chiele
1994 Flag of Germany.svg Cloppenburg Flag of Germany.svg Robert Barth Flag of the Netherlands.svg Anne van der Helm Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Schofield
1995 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Joure Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kelvin Tatum Flag of Germany.svg Bernd Diener Flag of the Netherlands.svg Anne van der Helm
1996 Flag of France.svg Saint-Colomb-de-Lauzun Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steve Johnston Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Schofield Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Zdenek Schneiderwind
1997No Championship
1998 Flag of Germany.svg Schwarme Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Zdenek Schneiderwind Flag of Russia.svg Oleg Kurguskin Flag of Italy.svg Massimo Mora
1999 Flag of Germany.svg Werlte Flag of Germany.svg Bernd Diener Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Zdenek Schneiderwind Flag of Ukraine.svg Vladimir Trofimov
2000 Flag of France.svg Saint-Colomb-de-Lauzun Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Zdenek Schneiderwind Flag of the Netherlands.svg Uppie Bos Flag of Germany.svg Enrico Janoschka
2001 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Noordwolde Flag of the Netherlands.svg Maik Groen Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Zdenek Schneiderwind Flag of the Netherlands.svg Uppie Bos
2002 Flag of Germany.svg Berghaupten Flag of Germany.svg Sirg Schutzbach Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Zdenek Schneiderwind Flag of the Netherlands.svg Uppie Bos
2003 Flag of France.svg La Reole Flag of Germany.svg Gerd Riss Flag of Germany.svg Herbert Rudolph Flag of Germany.svg Matthias Kroger
2004 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eenrum Flag of the Netherlands.svg Theo Pijper Flag of Germany.svg Gerd Riss Flag of Germany.svg Bernd Diener
2005 Flag of Germany.svg Schwarme Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Hurry Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dirk Fabriek Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton
2006 Flag of France.svg La Reole Flag of Germany.svg Stephan Katt Flag of the Netherlands.svg Theo Pijper Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dirk Fabriek
2007 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Folkestone Flag of the Netherlands.svg Theo Pijper Flag of Germany.svg Stephan Katt Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton
2008 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Siddeburen Flag of France.svg Stephane Tresarrieu Flag of Germany.svg Richard Speiser Flag of Finland.svg Rene Lehtinen
2009 Flag of Germany.svg Berghaupten Flag of Germany.svg Stephan Katt Flag of France.svg Stephane Tresarrieu Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Glen Phillips
2010 Flag of France.svg La Reole Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton Flag of the Netherlands.svg Theo Pijper Flag of Germany.svg Martin Smolinski
2011 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Wainfleet Flag of Germany.svg Martin Smolinski Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jannick de Jong Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton
2012 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eenrum Flag of Germany.svg Stephan Katt Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dirk Fabriek Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jannick de Jong
2013 Flag of Germany.svg Bielefeld Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jannick de Jong Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dirk Fabriek Flag of Germany.svg Richard Speiser
2014 Flag of France.svg St. Macaire Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jannick de Jong Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Howe Flag of Germany.svg Enrico Janoschka
2015 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Staphorst Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jannick de Jong Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Shanes Flag of Germany.svg Stephan Katt
2016 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Folkestone Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Shanes Flag of France.svg Mathieu Tresarrieu Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton
2017 Flag of Germany.svg Hertingan Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Shanes Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Appleton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Edward Kennett
2018 Flag of France.svg Tayac Flag of France.svg Dimitri Berge Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Josef Franc Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Zach Wajtknecht
2019 Flag of Germany.svg Bad Hersfeld Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Zach Wajtknecht Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Hurry Flag of Denmark.svg Kenneth Hansen
2020 Flag of France.svg Tayac Flag of France.svg Mathieu Tresarrieu Flag of the Netherlands.svg Romano Hummel Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dave Meijerink
2021 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Leamington Spa cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2022 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Leamington Spa due to take place on 7th August 2022

European Sidecar Championship [21]

YearVenueFirstSecondThird
1980 Flag of Germany.svg Melsungen Flag of Germany.svg Otto Bauer & Peter Stiegelbrunner Flag of Germany.svg Egon Waller & Edgar Starke Flag of Germany.svg Michael Datzmann & Rosamunde Datzmann
1981 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Assen Flag of Germany.svg Michael Datzmann & Rosamunde Datzmann Flag of Germany.svg Heinz Pagel & Hans Werner Kempa Flag of Germany.svg Otto Bauer & Peter Stiegelbrunner
1982 Flag of Germany.svg Schwarme Flag of Germany.svg Michael Datzmann & Rosamunde Datzmann Flag of Germany.svg Heinz Pagel & Jurgen Zaddach Flag of Germany.svg Rudolf Meyer & Diter Held
1983 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Assen Flag of Germany.svg Michael Datzmann & Rosamunde Datzmann Flag of Germany.svg Michael Lippmann & Willi Ganss Flag of Germany.svg Heinz Pagel & Jurgen Zaddach
1984 Flag of Germany.svg Berghaupten Flag of Germany.svg Michael Datzmann & Rosamunde Datzmann Flag of Germany.svg Heinz Pagel & Jurgen Zaddach Flag of Germany.svg Ulrich Wehrle & Stefan Rufat
1985 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Kuinre Flag of Germany.svg Heinz Pagel & Jurgen Zaddach Flag of Germany.svg Ewald Heim & Robert Heim Flag of Germany.svg Karl Keil & Joachim Reeg
1986 Flag of Germany.svg Bad Waldsee Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Franz Onderka Flag of Germany.svg Karl Keil & Reiner Ganster Flag of Germany.svg Heinz Pagel & Herbert Bucker
1987 Flag of France.svg Valence Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Franz Onderka Flag of Switzerland.svg Hans Bolliger & Bernhard Gloor Flag of Germany.svg Karl Keil & Reiner Ganster
1988 Flag of Germany.svg Celle Flag of Germany.svg Karl Keil & Joachim Reeg Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Franz Onderka Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco Glorie & Erik van Dijk
1989 Flag of Germany.svg Berghaupten Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Josef Feigl Flag of Switzerland.svg Hans Bolliger & Bernhard Gloor Flag of Germany.svg Karl Keil & Joachim Reeg
1990 Flag of Germany.svg Haunstetten Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Robert Wolf Flag of Germany.svg Karl Keil & Joachim Reeg Flag of Germany.svg Bernd Soger & Heinz Brandt
1991 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eenrum Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Robert Wolf Flag of Germany.svg Karl Keil & Joachim Reeg Flag of Germany.svg Eward Heim & Robert Heim
1992 Flag of Germany.svg Berghaupten Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Walter Huber Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Kunert & Josef Feigl Flag of France.svg Laurent Sambarrey & Lionel Sambarrey
1993 Flag of Germany.svg Harsewinkel Flag of Germany.svg Karl Keil & Joachim Reeg Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Josef Feigl Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco Glorie & Harry Drenth
1994 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Lattrop Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco Glorie & Harry Drenth Flag of Germany.svg Karl Keil & Joachim Reeg Flag of Germany.svg Eward Heim & Robert Heim
1995 Flag of Germany.svg Melsungen Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Kunert & Wolfgang Maier Flag of Germany.svg Peter Murmann & Stefan Muller Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco Glorie & Harry Drenth
1996 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eenrum Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Kunert & Marco Hundsrucker Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Uwe Kuhberger Flag of France.svg Jacues Leduc & Michel Gorget
1997 Flag of Germany.svg Melsungen Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Uwe Kuhberger Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Kunert & Marco Hundsrucker Flag of Germany.svg Oswald Bischoff & Mario Siebert
1998 Flag of France.svg Morizes Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Uwe Kuhberger Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Kunert & Hermann Bacher Flag of Germany.svg Oswald Bischoff & Mario Siebert
1999 Flag of Germany.svg Vechta Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Kunert & Hermann Bacher Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Uwe Kuhberger Flag of Germany.svg Oswald Bischoff & Mario Siebert
2000 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Lattrop Flag of Germany.svg Josef Onderka & Martin Wamprechtshammer