FIM Sidecar World Championship
Pannonia Ring, Hungary
Sprint Race Report
Remse Racing had been working flat out trying to get their machine ready for the 9 lap sprint race. They were having mechanical problems. They changed an engine between qualifying sessions earlier in the day. But they still had a problem after doing this. The pit gate had closed for the “Sprint Race”. All the team needed was another five minutes, and they would have been on the grid for the race, but it was not to be. They would not start the race. A big blow to the team, after so much hard work.
The temperature was still way up in the thirties even at six pm in the evening. It was still going to be a hard race albeit only 9 laps.
As the lights went out it was The Birchall Brothers who got the whole shot into the first series of corners, next up was Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes, with Pekka Paivarinta and Jussi Veravainen on the back wheel of Reeves and Wilkes. There was a small gap, and then it was Markus Schlosser and Marcel Fries, they were fending off a fast starting Sam and Adam Christie, who in turn were fending off Joseph Sattler and Uwe Neubert. Bennie Streuer and Kevin Rousseau were on the tail of Sattler and Neubert, but Streuer and Rousseau had Lukas Wyssen and Thomas Hofer bearing down on them. Kees Endeveld and Jeroen Remme had a fast starting Paul Leglise and Emmanuelle Clement giving it their all to get by. Next up was Jakob Rutz and Bjorn Bosch. Rupert Archer and Stephen Thomas had made a blistering start off the line, the team made up four places into the first corner; however they were to get swamped by these teams they had passed into the second corner. Archer and Thomas lost all the momentum they had and ended up trailing at the back of the field.
At the front the battle was starting to hot up, Reeves and Wilkes managed to get by the Birchall Brothers with Pavarinta and Veravainen slotting into and keeping a nice safe third place. There was a noticeable gap starting to appear between Paivarinta/Veravainen and the fourth place team of Schlosser and Fries, who intern were starting to make a gap on Sattler and Neubert who had managed to pass the Christie Brothers. Streuer and Rousseau were starting to get the hurry up on and started pushing the Christie Brothers, but the Christie’s were well up for this, this was to turn out to be a great battle between the two teams
Wyssen and Hofer were not sure how far they could push their machine, they were not fully convinced that their machine was mechanically okay to push fully at one hundred percent, but they were still managing to fend off Leglise and Clement.
Endeveld and Remme settled down to what was to be a lonely race for the team. But they were to stay out of trouble and were to finish the race in tenth place.
Rutz/Bosch and Archer/Thomas were to have their own battle, but Archer never really recovered from the second corner sacking. He did manage to get back up to Rutz/Bosch though, but there were just not enough laps for him to get by. Rutz/Bosch were to take eleventh place with Archer/Thomas twelfth
By the end of the race the Birchall Brothers were starting to put Reeves and Wilkes under a lot of pressure. The two teams were fighting hard to keep their place in the race. But like so many races in the past, the Birchall Brothers were better in certain parts of the circuit and then Reeves and Wilkes would have the upper hand. However after some cracking overtake maneuvers, it was the Birchall Brothers, Ben and Tom who would take the race win from Reeves and Wilkes, the gap was only 0.336 between the two teams.
Reeves and Wilkes were credited with the best lap time of the race, a time of 1:59,352
Pekka Paivarinta and Jussi Veravainen were to take a safe third place the team were happy with this, but driver Paivarinta felt that his machine was a bit down on power.
Markus Schlosser and Marcel Fries were to take a safe fourth place. The team were happy with this considering the problems they encountered earlier in the day.
A delighted Sam and Adam Christie took a great fifth place. They fought hard for this throughout the race with Streuer and Rousseau. And they eventually passed the sixth place team of Joseph Sattler and Uwe Neubert, who in the final stages of the race were having gearbox problems. Despite this problem with the gearbox, overall the team are delighted with this result.
Streuer and Rousseau were starting to have a small problem with their machine, a bit like Paivarinta and Veravainen. They felt that they were not getting the full power they had at the beginning.
Wyssen and Hofer were surprised, but pleased to take eighth place, just in front of the ninth place team of Paul Leglise and Emmanuelle Clement, who also were pleased with this result.
Tomorrow there will be a 15 lap “Gold Race” starting at 12:50 local time. Temperatures will be high, so it will be a hard race for the teams.