The 2018 sidecar season will feature eight double-header rounds for the SRA-West’s best teams to take a shot at the Driver and Passenger championships. As before, the SRA-West will run a single class, simply named Formula Sidecar. The ubiquitous April and September rounds with the American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association (AHRMA) will be on the calendar as usual, but we will not see the back-to-back event at Willow Springs and then Sonoma Raceway as in years past.
The season kicks off with a return to Chuckwalla Valley Raceway March 31-April 1 with host club CVMA. This will be in the counter-clockwise direction, which has rarely been done by the sidecars and causes some difficult compromises for passengers. Chuckwalla Valley will actually bookend the calendar, serving as the October season finale as well.
AHRMA is the only club the SRA-West competes with that has its own sidecar classes, so starting grids will be set up according to AHRMA rules for those two events. Other events may still use a qualifying session to set the entire grid for both days. The series will also be returning not once but twice to The Ridge Raceway with host club Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association (WMRRA).
In a break from years past, the SRA-West will run a second round at Willow Springs Raceway with the West East Racing Association (WERA). The club normally hosts the SRA-West at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), and there is still a late-September date there, but in addition the SRA-West will meet with WERA to contest again at “the fastest road in the west,” Willow Springs International Raceway, in the hot summer month of June. As stated previously, the season will cap-off with a return to Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Desert Center, California. Host club Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association (CVMA) will release the specific weekend dates when they finalize their winter calendar (CMVA runs two championships each year; one in spring and one in fall).
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