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2012 FIM World Sidecar Championship: 1st round

13/04/12 - 11:43

Circuit De Nevers Magny-Cours, France

Qualifying 1 got under way with the sun shining, and with 24 teams egger to get going it looked if it might be hard for the top teams to get some clear laps for fast times, there was a lot of traffic at times for the top 5 teams to get their fast laps.

At the end of Q1 it was Pekka Paivarinta and Adolf Hanni , Team Suzuki Finland, LCR Suzuki who had the fastest time of 1:46.66, followed by the Birchall Brothers, Ben and Tom on their Mitchells of Mansfield, LCR Yamaha, only .107  down on Paivarinta and Hanni, in third place is a very happy Jorg Steinhausen and Gregory Cluze, Steinhausen Racing Team, LCR BMW posting a time of 1:46.880. fourth fastest was Tim Reeves and Ashley Hawes, The Relocater, LCR Suzuki with a time of 1:47.933, close behind them in fifth was Markus Schlosser and Thomas Hofer, Team Schlosser, LCR Suzuki with a time of 1:47.981.

Three teams were not classified in Q1, they will be looking for better tomorrow in Q2, No 20, Bruchez Racing, No58, Sidecar Racing Wotzka, and No 37, Redline RSR.

Photos by Mark Walters

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