Ben returns to the chair after near death crash

PBB Sports Media

Bedford’s Ben Robinson made his return in the sidecar chair with driver Wesley Pettman at Brands Hatch at the beginning of March, marking the start of their championship challenge.

Robinson, 21, who works as a Transport Manager in Bedford, has always had a passion for Motorsport, and decided to get back on the chair last year after a near career ending accident at Mallory Park in 2018.

“It was a tough decision to get back on, however with my background and my family’s background in Motorsport I felt I had something to live up to.

Last year we had some resounding success, winning the FSRA Pre Injection Championship and coming third in the Bemsee F2 Championship, this year we are looking to repeat that success, or maybe even make it better.”

A sidecar is a type of motorbike, except it was three wheels rather than two. Two people operate it, one operating the controls, and one acting as a ballast, manoeuvring their weight around to ensure that the sidecar doesn’t flip going around corners, and to increase the speed of the outfit. The maximum speed of this outfit is 150mph.

“It’s a pretty scary thing, sitting on something the size of a tea tray going that spee,d” Robinson told us, “but I’m an adrenaline junkie, what more can I say?”

“The sport itself is an expensive sport, and we are always looking for new sponsors to come on board and support us where possible.”

Robinson’s next round should have been at the home of Formula One, Silverstone, over the weekend of the 4th-5th April but we await the rescheduling of this event.


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