Steve Webster (sidecar racer)

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Steve Webster
Nationality United Kingdom British
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested 1 (1983)
TT wins 0
Podiums 0

Steve Webster MBE (born 7 January 1960), is an English sidecar racer who has won a record ten FIM Sidecar World Championships, making him the most successful sidecar racer ever.[1]

Career[edit]

Born in Easingwold, North Yorkshire, Webster began as a 19-year-old racing at club level, first racing at the Elvington Airfield circuit near York,[2] and quickly moved up to national and then world championship in 1983, winning his first world championship in 1987 while partnered with Tony Hewitt, riding an LCR-Yamaha machine. From 181 Grand Prix and World Cup races entered, he has had 62 wins, 37 second places and 27 third places as well as 82 pole positions. He has won the FIM Sidecar World Championship on 10 occasions (1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2004), with Tony Hewitt, Gavin Simmons, David James and Paul Woodhead.[1]

In 1985 Webster and Hewitt had a massive crash at the Dutch TT at Assen, shown many times on television where the sidecar left the track at high speed, slid along the grass before hitting a drainage ditch.[1] The accident caused the pair to miss most of the season.

Webster was the recipient of the Segrave Trophy in 1991. The same year, he was awarded the MBE.[1]

In 2004 Webster won British, European, and World titles, but in 2005 Webster announced his retirement after health problems prevented him finishing the season.[2][3]

In 2006, Webster received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Auto Cycle Union.[4]

In 2015, Webster was reunited with Hewitt on track, the pair taking part in a test event at Mallory Park.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Whatever happened to Steve Webster MBE?", Motorcycle News, 9 February 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016
  2. ^ a b "SUPERSIDE: Steve Webster retired after Assen race", motorsport.com, 7 September 2005. Retrieved 5 August 2016
  3. ^ "Sidecar great Webster ends career", BBC, 7 September 2005. Retrieved 5 August 2016
  4. ^ "Webster's Lifetime Award", Motorcycle News, 11 February 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2016
  5. ^ Hansard, Natalie (2015) "Sidecar Racing Legends Webster and Hewitt Back on Track", malloryparkcircuit.com, 16 March 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2016
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Egbert Streuer
With: Bernard Schnieders
World Sidecar Champion
1987-1989
With: Tony Hewitt (1987-1989)
Gavin Simmons (1988)
Succeeded by
Alain Michel
With: Simon Birchall
Preceded by
Alain Michel
With: Simon Birchall
World Sidecar Champion
1991
With: Gavin Simmons
Succeeded by
Rolf Biland
With: Kurt Waltisperg
Preceded by
Darren Dixon
With: Andy Hetherington
World Sidecar Champion
1997-2000
With: David James (1997-1999)
Paul Woodhead (2000)
Succeeded by
Klaus Klaffenböck
With: Christian Parzer
Preceded by
Steve Abbott
With: Jamie Biggs
World Sidecar Champion
2003-2004
With: Paul Woodhead
Succeeded by
Tim Reeves
With: Tristan Reeves