FIM Sidecar World Championship and FIM Sidecar F2 World Trophy
Approximately two hours before the second qualifying session was to start the heavens opened, not only rain but hailstones too, it was to last a good half hour.
By the time the qualifying was to start the track had dried but with damp patches and not a lot of grip.
The time that Sebastien Delannoy and Kevin Rousseau set in Q1 on their “Team Sand Seb 72” LCR, Suzuki was to be good enough for pole position. Delannoy and Rousseau did not go out on track in Q2. Delannoy said later “I decided not to go out on track because it would be very slippy and I would not improve on the time I did in Q1, and I was pretty sure nobody would improve with their times. I am very happy with how the bike is going, we don’t have any problems. We are looking forward to the race tomorrow, and a win here would just be the icing on the cake for us.
In the middle of the front row next to Delannoy will be Pekka Paivarinta and Kirsi Kainulainen on their “44-Racing” LCR, BMW. They are really happy with how the weekend has gone so far. The bike has good power and is handling a lot better now, we will try our best for a good result”
Third on the front row is Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze on their “Remse Racing” LCR, Yamaha. They still have a problem with a misfire with their machine, and can’t seem to find what the problem is. They will be working on their machine tonight and will try to rectify the problem before the race tomorrow.
Heading the second row is John Holden and Stuart Ramsay on their “Sillocon Barnes Racing” LCR, Suzuki. The team are really happy with their machine and how the weekend has gone. Both Holden and Ramsay are looking forward to the race, and hope for a good result to start their season.
Next to Holden and Ramsay is Andy Peach and Charlie Richardson on their “Santander Salt/L&W Racing” LCR, Kawasaki. They are really happy with their fifth spot on the grid. Peach said later “We were not going to have a faster time than Q1 so we had a steady Q2 getting the bike smoothed out, and bedding things in for the race tomorrow, it has been a good weekend for us so far. Let’s hope we can get a good result in the race tomorrow, we are looking forward to a good battle”
Heading row three is Bennie Streuer and Geert Koerts on their “Team Streuer” LCR, Suzuki. The team have no complaints with their machine, it is running well, and handling setup is good and no problems with the brakes. They too, are looking forward to the first race of the year, to defend the World title they won last year.
Seventh place on the grid is Markus Schlosser and Thomas Hofer on their “Sidecar Racing Team Schlosser” LCR, Suzuki. They have had a nightmare two qualifying sessions. They have had to change an engine, they did this no problem, but they found that they had a hole in the water cooling radiator. They thought they sorted the problem for Q2, but they had to return to the pits half way through with the radiator still leaking. They might have a problem if they cannot find a replacement unit. However they hope too, and are looking forward to the race.
Eighth place, and on the third row is Ben and Tom Birchall with their “Birchall Racing” LCR, Honda. The team are really happy with how things are going, with driver Ben saying “Although we are running a 600cc engine, it is a great bike to drive, okay maybe we lack top speed compared to the larger 1000cc machines, but the corner speed is as fast, or in certain places maybe faster, just because it is lighter and you are braking later, and the power is on a lot sooner. We are looking forward to the race tomorrow, and let’s see how we can do against the bigger more powerful bikes”
Heading row four is Sean Hegarty and James Neave on their “Hegarty Racing” LCR, Suzuki. The team are happy with how things have gone so far this weekend. Getting the bike set up has been good, and this being their first time on track, as they have not done any testing over the winter, the team are really pleased with the progress over the weekend.
Next to Hegarty and Neave in tenth place is Lukas Wyssen and Olivier Chabloz on their “Midland Sidecar Racing Team” LCR, Kawasaki. The team are so pleased with how they have gone so far over the weekend. Driver Wyssen said “I have done so many changes to the bike over the weekend and the improvements are great. The suspension and brakes are so much better now, it is great, I hope we can have a good race and get a good result”
There will be an 18 lap race tomorrow, (Saturday) starting at 11.30 local time.