Ben and Tom Birchall will be starting from pole position in the firs race of the 2019 FIM Sidecar Championship; they have been on top form since they arrived at Le-Mans.
They have consistently set the fastest lap times in all sessions. A lap time of 1:44.448 in Q2 was their fastest. With no machine problems all weekend, and their machine getting better over the weekend with each visit to the track, it will be hard to beat them. But the race is another “kettle of fish”.
Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes have been having a bit of a nightmare so far this weekend. Their machine has not been handling so well, a small fuel problem, and in Q2, a broken gear change lever, and they were so lucky they did not turn upside down running into the last chicane when they were trying to set fast laps. Both Reeves and passenger Wilkes stuck in there and managed to bring their machine under control.
Despite all these things happening to the team they will be second on the grid next to the Birchall Brothers.
A great third place on the grid for Markus Schlosser and Marcel Fries. The team have worked away steadily over the weekend. Driver Schlosser has smoothed things out with his driving and Fries is gelling in well with Schlosser. The team will be hoping for a good race and result.
Pekka Paivarinta and Jussi Veravainen managed to get a good Q2 time which put’s then in fourth place on the grid. The team have not been happy with how their machine has been performing so far over the weekend. But this fourth place has lifted their spirits no end.
Fifth place goes to the Christie Brothers, Sam and Adam. They have as usual worked away steadily throughout the weekend. With no machine problems what so ever over the weekend, they will be hoping for a good result to get their 2019 season up and running.
Sixth place goes to Bennie Streuer and Ilse De Haas. The team have been working hard throughout the weekend. They changed an engine, which seemed not to be as strong as the one they took out. The team set off in Q2 but another small problem, a small water leak was to have Streuer and De Haas sit out the session, driver Streuer decided it was better for that than maybe cause a bigger problem.
Lukas Wyssen and Thomas Hofer are happy with their seventh spot on the grid. Their machine like most has been getting better as the weekend has gone on. Wyssen has been making small adjustments to the machine over the weekend which seem to be paying dividends. The pair hope to get a good result in the race tomorrow.
A much happier Paul Leglise and Emmanuelle Clement arrived back in the paddock after Q2 setting the eighth fastest time. The team were a lot happier how Q2 went, their machine was so much better and driver Leglise felt a lot happier with how it felt. They hope tomorrow will be good for them.
Ninth place went to Joseph Sattler and Uwe Neubert. The team have had a nightmare so far this weekend, electrical problems have been making their machine cut out at times. The team will work on this problem till the last minute. They have discussed whether to call it a day as this problem could cause problems during the race for other teams. But they will work till the last minute.
Tenth spot on the grid will go to Kees Endeveld and Jeroen Remme. The team were not too happy with how Q2 went. But driver Endeveld expected to be further down the grid than he is. So he and Remme are looking forward to tomorrows race.
The race will be 18 laps and will start at 12h00