BIRCHALL BROTHERS JOIN COFAIN RACING BY KLAFFI
Ben and Tom Birchall are to join forces with
former world sidecar champion and three times Isle of Man TT winner Klaus
Klaffenbock to contest the 2012 TT races in a brand new team to be known as
Cofain Racing by Klaffi.
Having won both sidecar races in 2010 and one in 2011 Klaffi retired from competitive racing but still wanted to be involved
with the Isle of Man TT and said: The best teams in the world compete at the Isle of Man TT and for this reason I just had to remain involved with it. After we stopped racing in 2011, my friend Andy Faragher and I decided to start a competitive sidecar team at the TT and before long had everything organised sponsors and a team that is capable of winning.
The team was launched at the Isle of Man Creg-Ny-Baa on Friday (February 10) when 2009 World Champions Ben and Tom
Birchall were unveiled as the riders to represent this exciting new team at the TT festival. Twice world champion sidecar passenger Adolf Hanni will also be involved in the running of the team and his input will be invaluable.
A brand new LCR chassis has been especially made for Ben and Tom in Switzerland by sidecar engineer Louis Christen, and with
Honda engines from Honda specialist UK tuner, Chris Mehew to complete the package the Birchall brothers are anticipating? some top results at this years event.
Ben Birchall commented: Both Tom and I are honoured to have been asked to join Klaus in his new venture. Klaus and his
teams reputation for professionalism and determination to win along with Adolf Hannis unrivalled commitment and experience in sidecar racing made the decision to join the team very easy for us and with the continued support of our existing team and sponsors in my opinion Cofain Racing by Klaffi will become one of the strongest sidecar teams in the history of the TT.
Ever since Tom and I decided to compete at the TT in 2009 it has been our desire to be successful and our ultimate aim is to win there. Joining this team will give us the best opportunity to achieve our goal and with the bike preparation now nearing completion we cant wait to begin our pre-season testing.
Practice for the 2012 TT takes place on the 37.73-mile mountain road course from Saturday, May 26 Friday, June 1 prior to
the two three lap sidecar races the first being on Saturday, June 2 and race two on Wednesday, June 6.
This venture is additional to Ben and Toms usual F1 sidecar challenge and they intend to continue to contest both the British and world F1 sidecar championships in 2012 the dates of which are setto be finalised in the next few weeks. Ben and Tom are busy preparing the F1 outfit ahead of a very busy season of racing.