FIM Sidecar World Championship.
Sprint Race, report
With the temperature in the high twenties it was going to be a hard race, even although it was a seven lap sprint race.
As the lights went out, who was going to get the whole shot into the first corner? It is a long drag up to the first corner. It was Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes who appeared out of the shimmering heat haze with their “Adolf RS” Yamaha. Pekka Paivarinta and Jussi Varavainen on their “LCR” Honda, were just showing their nose on the inside. Right on Reeves/Wilkes tail was Ben and Tom Birchall with their “LCR” Yamaha. The Birchall Brothers had John Holden and Lee Cain with their “LCR” Kawasaki right on them, with Bennie Streuer and Kevin Rousseau “LCR” Kawasaki, tailing them. Alan Founds and Tom Christie with their “LCR” Yamaha were trying the outside line round Streuer/Rousseau.
Lap two saw Reeves/Wilkes locked in battle with Paivarinta/Veravainen for the lead. It was Paivarinta/Veravainen who were to come out on top, but there was contact between the two teams during the overtake maneuver, with Reeves/Wilkes suffering a damaged wheel arch. Reeves /Wilkes were to battle on pushing Paivarinta/Veravainen, but Paivarinta/Veravainen were steadily starting to pull away. The Birchall Brothers were not to have a good race, they hit an electrical problem which were to see them fall right back to last position in the race.
Holden/Cain were to slot into third place with Streuer/Rouseau right on their tail. Alan Founds and Tom Christie were having a steady race up till now in fifth place with Michael Grabmuller and Sebastien Lavorel “LCR” Yamaha, trying very hard to catch them. Grabmuller/Lavorel were to run wide going into the first corner which resulted in them running into and over the “kitty litter” they did rejoin the race though, they were way down the field though.
With the Birchall Brothers way back in last place, they had the hurry on; they soon came up to Grabmuller/Lavorel who were getting back in their rhythm. There was to be contact between these two teams too during an overtake maneuver. The result was the Birchall Brothers having their wheel arch damaged, but they were to make a pit stop and make temporary repairs which would see them once again way back in last place, they were to stay in this position till the end.
Holden/Cain were catching Reeves/Wilkes followed by Streuer/Roussuau, this battle too was to end in disaster for Holden/Cain. There was contact between Holden/Cain and Streuer/Rousseau resulting with both teams in the “kitty litter” Streuer/Rousseau were to rejoin the race leaving Holden/Cain beached for an DNF.
By the end of a hectic seven laps, Paivarinta/Varavainen cruised over the line, thirteen seconds ahead of a now slowing Reeves/Wilkes who took second. Alan Founds and Tom Christie were to take a brilliant third place. All the top three teams were really pleased with their race, it was only seven laps, but a very eventful seven laps.
Fourth place went to a very happy Lukas Wyssen and Thomas Hofer, “LCR” Yamaha. They were having a good battle with Sam and Adam Christie, “LCR” Yamaha who were in turn having a battle with Scott Lawrie and Michael Fairhurst, “LCR” Yamaha. Lawrie/Fairhurst were starting to get the better of the Christie Brothers and it looked if they might pass and give chase to Wyssen/Hofer, but disaster for them too, they started to get gear change problems, which was to slow them, leaving the Christie Brothers in a safe fifth place. Lawrie and Fairhurst were however to finish the race in sixth place.
Seventh place went to Peter Kimeswenger and Jen Lehnertz, “LCR” Kawasaki. The team were really happy with the result, good points, and they are looking forward to the longer race tomorrow.
Another solid result for Janez Remse and Eamon Mulholland, they were to finish in eighth with no problems throughout the race. They too are looking forward to tomorrow’s race.
Grabmuller/Lavorel were to regroup and cross the line in ninth place, the team again happy with the result, it could well have been a DNF.
Streuer/Rousseau were to take the tenth place, but they were not happy, not the result they were looking for. They will be checking over their machine for any damage after their off.
Jakob Rutz and Marcel Fries, “LCR” Yamaha, were to take eleventh place, the team reasonably happy with this.
Tassilo Gall and Sophie Sattelberger, “LCR” Suzuki took twelfth place. Considering they missed a qualifying session and having to change an engine, they were happy with the finish.
There will be a 13 lap Gold Race starting at 9:55 am local time.