Birchall brothers round off memorable year at red-carpet event

The Birchall brothers, Ben and Tom, from Mansfield, with their world championship medals. (PHOTO BY: Mark English)
The Birchall brothers, Ben and Tom, from Mansfield, with their world championship medals. (PHOTO BY: Mark English)

Mansfield’s world-conquering Birchall brothers rounded off a memorable year with a special invitation to the glittering awards ceremony hosted by FIM, the International Motorcycling Federation.

Sidecar-racing supremos Ben and Tom, along with fellow team members James Brindley and Tom Mitchell, rubbed shoulders with 35 fellow FIM world champions at the red-carpet event in Andorra.

Swapping their leathers for dinner jackets, the boys enjoyed an evening to remember, relaxing and sharing stories with motorcycling royalty such as Marc Marquez, Toni Carroll and Jonathan Rea, who has been shortlisted for the BBC TV Sports Personality of the Year award. They also picked up their medals for winning the FIM World Sidecar Championship, having earlier attended a session to meet fans and sign autographs.

Ben said: “What an amazing experience! I’m absolutely blown away by how we were treated by the FIM. To attend such a prestigious event, surrounded by other world champions, is something I will never forget.”

Brother Tom added: “I want to say a massive thankyou to the FIM for including us in the celebrations. The sidecar championship is stronger than ever, and we will be back next year to hopefully retain the crown.”