The sun was high in the sky, and the track temperature was hot as the well depleted field of sidecars took to the track for the 18 lap “Gold Race” at the “Automotodrom Grobnik”. Three teams did not start the race due to mechanical failures.
As the lights went out it was Ben and Tom Birchall with their “LCR” Yamaha who got the perfect start, by the time they had reached the second corner they had pulled out a few bike lengths on Markus Schlosser and Marcel Fries on their “LCR” Yamaha. Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes with their “Adolf RS” Yamaha did not get such a good start and they were having to give way to a fast charging Lukas Wyssen and Thomas Hofer with their “LCR” Yamaha, however Reeves and Wilkes would pass Wyssen and Hofer further round the track on the same lap, and they gave chase to Schlosser and Fries. They did pass Schlosser and Fries and in turn gave chase to the Birchall Brothers. However their chase was to be short lived on lap four they were to pull off track with a mechanical failure, ironically they pulled off where the Birchall Brothers pulled off track yesterday.
Pekka Paivarinta and Jussi Veravainen with their “LCR” Yamaha got a terrible start; they were going to have to fight hard from eighth place if they wanted to get up with the leaders. But this is just what the “Flying Finns” did.
The Christie Brothers Sam and Adam with their “LCR” Yamaha had a reasonable start of the race, and it was not long before they were locked in a great battle with Wyssen and Hofer, this battle would last the whole race.
Joseph Sattler and Uwe Neubert with their “Adolf RS” Kawasaki solved their mechanical problems from yesterday and slotted into sixth place, just in front of Kees Endeveld and Jeroen Remme on their “Adolf RS” Kawasaki.
Janez Remse and Manfred Wechselberger with their “Adolf RS” Yamaha managed to get out in front of Rupert Archer and Stephen Thomas on their “Adolf RS” Yamaha.
As the race continued and was coming to a close, the Birchall Brothers had a commanding lead over the now second place team of Schlosser and Fries, who in turn had a good gap in front of Paivarinta and Veravainen. It looked like Paivarinta/Veravainen were starting to catch Schlosser/Fries towards the end of the race, but the “Flying Finns” could just not get up to challenge for the second place.
The Christie, Wyssen/Hofer battle raged on for the whole race, but towards the end the Christie Brothers managed to make a small gap on Wyssen/Hofer.
By the end of the race the Birchall Brothers took the flag and had a healthy eight second lead over the second place team of Markus Schlosser and Marcel Fries. Paivarinta and Veravainen tried all they could to get second, but they had to settle for third.
A great fourth place for the Christie Brothers, Sam and Adam, a good finish to the weekend after their DNF yesterday.
Wyssen and Hofer were happy with fifth, a good weekend for the team, and good points for their championship campaign.
Sattler and Neubert were really happy with their sixth place. They have not had much luck though out the season so far.
A delighted Remse and Wechselberger took seventh place and were happy with how the weekend had gone.
Eighth place went to Archer and Thomas, a steady weekend and more good points for their championship tally.
Disappointment for Endeveld and Remme, they were on for another good result, but as they started the last lap they were to have a major mechanical failure. So the team had a DNF.
The final round with two races will be at Estoril in Portugal on the 19th and 20th of October.
Text and pics by Mark Walters