FIM Sidecar World Championship
Qualifying one in Assen was a very wet one. The FIM world sidecar teams were the first machines on track for the day so it was very slippy for the first few laps. But it was the same for all the teams.
Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes had a nightmare start to their weekend. They set off with their “Adolf RS” Yamaha, happy that it was wet as they had an engine to run in. However with two laps done they were back in the garage. They found that there was an oil leak from the generator casing; this meant the engine had to come out to rectify this problem.
Pekka Paivarinta and Jussi Veravainen also had a problem with their “LCR” Yamaha. They were on track going about their business when all of a sudden their machine was to cough and splutter, then it would get going again. Not what the team wanted, they were to be way down in eighth place in Q1.
Q1 went to Marcus Schlosser and Marcel Fries on their “LCR” Yamaha, the team were very happy with this, and it was done with traffic all round them too.
The Birchall Brothers Ben and Tom set the second fastest time in Q1, again, the team were happy with this and they did not have any issues with their “LCR” Yamaha.
The third fastest time went to Bennie Streuer and Kevin Rousseau with their “LCR” Kawasaki. A good start to their weekend at their home GP.
Qualifying two got under way in dry conditions, but there were still some damp patches on track, and the skies were looking very dark full of rain clouds.
It was the Birchall Brothers who were on track first, they were on “full gas” as soon as they left pit lane. They had no problems with their machine, and were very happy with a fastest time of 1:45.436. This time would give them another pole position on the grid for the 17 lap “Gold Race” that will start at 16:30 local time on Sunday.
Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes managed to get their machine up and running for Q2, and they were certainly making sure it was up to the job, they set the second fastest time of 1:45.672. Again, another happy team.
Pekka Paivarinta and Jussi Veravainen set the third fastest time, a time of 1:47.744. The team is not so happy though. They still have a problem with their machine, they seem to sort one small problem and another one appears. Not what they want, it is distracting their concentration on track. They will be working hard to solve this problem before tomorrow’s race though.
The fourth fastest time went to Bennie Streuer and Kevin Rousseau. They set a time of 1:48.363 to head the second row of the grid. They however did have a problem on track. They were following Rupert Archer and Stephen Thomas on their “Adolf RS” Yamaha, when they slowed dramatically exiting the tight “Strubben” corner, this left Streuer and Rousseau with no place to go, and they collided with the back of the Archer and Thomas machine. The body work of the Streuer/Rousseau machine was well smashed in. Driver Streuer however decided that he could continue in the qualifying, so they would be sorting this damage later in their garage.
The Christie Brothers were to set the fifth fastest time of 1:48.457. Brothers Sam and Adam were happy with this and they had no problems with their “LCR” Yamaha.
A good qualifying for Maru Moreau and Sebastien Arifon on their “LCR” Yamaha. They set a time of 1:49.603. They were steady and smooth for their first time competing at this level.
Another French team will line up beside Moreau and Arifon on the grid. Paul Legise and Emmanuelle Clement set the seventh fastest time of 1:50.116 with their “LCR” Yamaha. They had an eventful two qualifying sessions, with a spin in Q1 and some very wide lines at the first “Haarbocht” corner, the team are happy though.
After a great first qualifying session, Markus Schlosser and Marcel Fries will be starting from eighth on the grid with a time of 1:50.489. They just could not get a nice clear run at setting a faster time, the team will be pushing hard at the beginning of the race to try and get up with the leaders early on.
Another good qualifying for Kees Endeveld and Jeroen Remme on their “Adolf RS” Kawasaki. They set a time of 1:52.754. Again the team are happy with how the weekend is going so far. They hope that they can get a good race and result at their home GP.
Tenth place on the grid goes to Rupert Archer and Stephen Thomas, they set a time of 1:52.788. The team will hope that the race will go well for them and they don’t have any problems.
Tomorrow the 17 lap “Gold Race” will start at 16:30 local time. The weather forecast does not look so good, but we can hope for nice weather.