Ben and Tom Birchall, Mansfield's sidecar racing brothers, raced their Mitchell's of Mansfield sponsored LCR Suzuki through the pouring rain to earn a well-deserved podium place in Sunday's FIM Superside World Championship race.

For the second time this season, the brothers made the long journey to the 2.281 miles circuit at Sachsenring, Germany, for round four of the World sidecar championship, which was run alongside the German MotoGP.

Friday's practice was held in warm conditions on a patchy damp track and Ben said "We held pole for most of the time and were quickest in two of the four sectors, but we were pipped to second place in the final part of the session. We have another practice tomorrow, followed by qualifying in the afternoon."

The qualifying session on Saturday went well for the brothers and they finished up on the front row of the grid, for a third place start, alongside the current world champions.

Commenting afterwards, Ben had this to say "Tom and I are happy with qualifying; there were some pretty close times and we were only a fraction of a second behind the leaders. Everything seems to be working well and we're both looking forward to the race tomorrow."

Sundy's 20-lap race took place after the MotoGP events, in very wet conditions and Ben remarked afterwards, "Despite the soaking wet slippery track, we got a reasonable start and we remained in third place from the lights to the chequered flag. As the track surface was drying, our tyres started to burn up, so I drove a safe race in order to conserve the tyres and finish the race safely!

"Tom and I collected another 16 valuable points for the team, so we retain our fourth place in the World championship and are just seven points behind Delannoy and Cluze."

Ben and Tom's next challenge is on August 17 at Rijeka, Croatia, when hopefully they will gain more points and further consolidate their position in the championship!



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