Howard Ford/Lee Menzies crowned F1 Sidecar Champions

Mick Alton/Christine Clancy win F2 Sidecar Championship


The 2018 Horsell Consulting F1 & F2 Australian Sidecar Championship has been wrapped up at Phillip Island Round 7 of the ASBK, with Howard Ford/Lee Menzies and Mick Alton/Christine Clancy wrapping up their Championships in style.

The weekend’s three races saw David Boughen/Robbie Shorter take dominant form, winning all three races but would see Ford/Menzies win the F1 class by 16 points from Boughen/Shorter with the teams on 243 and 227 points respectively. Third overall in the F1 standings leading Philip Island was Brown/Sheldrick.

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Australian Sidecars at Phillip Island ASBK Round 7 – F1 Champions Ford/Menzies centre – Image by TBG

In the F2 class Mick Alton/Christine Clancy closed out their season with a 47 point lead from the Goodale/Goodale team, while Clancy/Grubb closed out the F2 championships top three.

F1 & F2 Australian Sidecar Championship Race 1

Race One started at 4:00pm in the afternoon after David Boughen / Robbie Shorter took pole position in the morning’s qualifier with a 1:47.231.

Taking the victory would be Boughen/Shorter with Howard Ford/Lee Menzies a further 13 seconds back. Mick Alton/Christine Clancy were the first of the F2’s, 17.315 seconds off the leaders in third overall.

F1 Sidecars class leaders David Boughen/Robbie Shorter were delighted in their result today winning F1 class and outright for Race One.

David Boughen

“We tried to get Howard Ford and Lee Menzies to push us hard! We love the fast-flowing corners here at Phillip Island and its hard work on the passengers.”

F2 Sidecars Race winners Mick Alton/Christine Clancy were victorious the F2 class.

Mick Alton/Christine Clancy

“I’m giving away 60 odd horsepower, so I was very surprised when I was able to pass the Western Australians, Graeme Evans and Jarrod Scott. There were some really close moments out there!”

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Saturday’s Sidecar winners – Boughen/Shorter and Alton/Clancy – Image by TBG

Australian F1 & F2 Sidecar Championship Race One Results

  1. David BOUGHEN / Robbie SHORTER (F1 LCR Suzuki 1000)
  2. Howard FORD / Lee MENZIES (California Custom Products, F1 LCR Suzuki 1000)
  3. Mick ALTON / Christine CLANCY (J&C Contracting, F2 LCR Suzuki 600)
  4. Graeme EVANS / Jarrod SCOTT (Rick Hanger Racing F1 RHR Kawasaki 1000)
  5. Bruce COLLINS / Peter DEANGELIS (F2 LCR Honda 598)
  6. Jeff BROWN / Darren SHELDRICK (APW M-cycles, SDG Moto F1 JBR Suzuki 1000)
  7. Patrick CLANCY / Stephen BONNEY (Alton Racing, F2 Shelb. Honda 598)
  8. Richard GOODALE / Scott GOODALE (F2 Shelb. Honda 598)
  9. John CLANCY / Warren GRUBB (J & C Contracting, F2 LCR Suzuki 600)
  10. Andrew PHILLIPS / Barry MARTIN (F2 Shelb. Honda 598)

F1 & F2 Australian Sidecar Championship Race 2

David Boughen/Robbie Shorter took another dominant victory in race two. The duo were pumping in the fastest laps and were simply unstoppable on their LCR Suzuki. Shorter even managed to pull off a handstand on his sidecar to show off to the crowd on the cool down lap.

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Australian Sidecars at Phillip Island ASBK Round 7 – Image by TBG

Howard Ford and Lee Menzies emulated their second-place finish in race one, this time being 13 seconds behind the race winner to further extend their title credentials.

The first of the F2 finishes was Mick Alton and Christine Clancy. Their victory for their respective championship also managed to seal the F2 title and they were elated on the podium to secure the title. This would be the fourth championship in a row for Alton and the third for Clancy.

Mick Alton/Christine Clancy

“Thank you very much to those who have put together our sidecar motor and Horsell Consulting for sponsoring the round. I would also like to thank Graeme and Jarrod for pushing us all the way.”

F1 & F2 Australian Sidecar Championship Race 2 Results

  1. David BOUGHEN / Robbie SHORTER (F1 LCR Suzuki 1000)
  2. Howard FORD / Lee MENZIES (California Custom Products, F1 LCR Suzuki 1000)
  3. Mick ALTON / Christine CLANCY (J&C Contracting, F2 LCR Suzuki 600)
  4. Graeme EVANS / Jarrod SCOTT (Rick Hanger Racing, F1 RHR Kawasaki 1000)
  5. Jeff BROWN / Darren SHELDRICK (APW M-cycles, F1 JBR Suzuki 1000)
  6. Bruce COLLINS / Peter DEANGELIS (F2 LCR Honda 598)
  7. Patrick CLANCY / Stephen BONNEY (Alton Racing, F2 Shelb. Honda 598)
  8. Richard GOODALE / Scott GOODALE (F2 Shelb. Honda 598)
  9. John CLANCY / Warren GRUBB (J & C Contracting, F2 LCR Suzuki 600)
  10. Simon REYNOLDS / Kathryn WARNE (F2 Watson Yamaha 600)

F1 & F2 Australian Sidecar Championship Race 3

Boughen and Shorter have taken another commanding 19 second win but it would not be enough to take the championship as Howard Ford/Lee Menzies took out the title with their second-place finish being enough to seal the deal

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Australian Sidecars at Phillip Island ASBK Round 7 – Image by TBG
David Boughen/Robbie Shorter

“We knew we weren’t to be able to overtake Ford and Menzies in the Championship but we’re very pleased to take the win. This is actually our last race and I’ll be retiring, so great to go out on a high!”

Alton and Clancy once again managed to take the win for the F2 class to make their championship win even sweeter.

In the F1 Championship Ford/Menzies took the spoils ahead of Boughen/Shorter and Jeff Brown/Darren Sheldrick finished third in the standings. In F2, Alton/Clancy were declared the champions ahead of Richard Goodale/Scott Goodale and John Clancy/Warren Grubb in third.

F1 & F2 Australian Sidecar Championship Race 3 Results

  1. David BOUGHEN / Robbie SHORTER (F1 LCR Suzuki 1000)
  2. Howard FORD / Lee MENZIES (California Custom Products, F1 LCR Suzuki 1000)
  3. Mick ALTON / Christine CLANCY (J&C Contracting, F2 LCR Suzuki 600)
  4. Bruce COLLINS / Peter DEANGELIS (F2 LCR Honda 598)
  5. Jeff BROWN / Darren SHELDRICK (APW M-cycles, F1 JBR Suzuki 1000)
  6. Graeme EVANS / Jarrod SCOTT (Rick Hanger Racing, F1 RHR Kawasaki 1000)
  7. Patrick CLANCY / Stephen BONNEY (Alton Racing, F2 Shelb. Honda 598)
  8. Murray STRONACH / Melanie SCHLUTER (Aceman Enterprises, F1 RHR Suzuki 1000)
  9. Richard GOODALE / Scott GOODALE (F2 Shelb. Honda 598)
  10. John CLANCY / Warren GRUBB (J & C Contracting, F2 LCR Suzuki 600)

F1 Australian Sidecar Championship Standings

  1. H FORD/L MENZIES 243
  2. D BOUGHEN/R SHORTER 227
  3. J BROWN/D SHELDRICK 213
  4. M ALTON/C CLANCY 196
  5. R GOODALE/S GOODALE 174
  6. J CLANCY/W GRUBB 157
  7. P CLANCY/S BONNEY 148
  8. S REYNOLDS/K WARNE 95
  9. T LOVE/A TURNER 79
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Australian Sidecars at Phillip Island ASBK Round 7 – F2 Champions Alton/Clancy centre – Image by TBG

F2 Australian Sidecar Championship Standings

  1. M ALTON/C CLANCY 270
  2. R GOODALE/S GOODALE 223
  3. J CLANCY/W GRUBB 201
  4. P CLANCY/S BONNEY 186
  5. S REYNOLDS/K WARNE 134