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Sidecarcross Weekly Review by Bradley Hix 14/15 May

17/05/2022

Hello again readers, and welcome back to this weeks review of all sidecarcross racing, that took place this weekend. It has to be mentioned straight off the bat, that we have not had as much racing action as what we have experienced in the previous weekends. However, that is not to say that it was any less exciting, with former world champion, and current vice-world champion, Vanluchene / Bax making the trip to Geisleden, right in the heart of Germany, where the weather was perfect throughout the day.

German Championship - MSC Geisleden (Sunday)
Early on Sunday morning, 23 sidecarcross crews took to the circuit in a bid to gain knowledge of the circuit, prior to the timed qualifying sessions getting under-way, later on in the morning. This session was relatively closely fought, with a fastest lap of 2:22.728 going the way of Walter / Mherz, some +1.282 ahead of closet rival Reimann / Leutwyler. A little way down the order were Peter / Debruyne, whose best time of a 2:30.022 was enough to place ninth fastest, while Vos / Susebeek were knocking on the door of the top ten, with eleventh fastest.
Moving into the timed qualifying session, Vanluchene / Bax decided to join in on the fun and, with a fastest lap of a 2:16.893 being set on their seventh lap of eight, firmly placed themselves at the top of the timing sheets to give themselves first gate pick. Taking the number 20 crew out of the equation, and we find ourselves having a very hot battle for the remaining gate picks, with just five seconds covering the second fastest crew, all the way down to the twelfth fastest crew. With a time of 2:20.889, Faustmann / Zimmermann managed to squeeze ahead of Walter / Mherz by just +0.065 for second gate pick. Reimann / Leutwyler qualified a respectable fourth, with Peter / Debruyne down in ninth place, albeit less than four seconds adrift from Faustmann / Zimmermann.

At just shy of 14:00 local time, 22 adrenaline-fuelled pairings made their way to the gate, all with one goal in mind. Vanluchene / Bax got a great launch, and used their speed and expertise to stretch the field, and remain unchallenged throughout the entirety of the race. A poor start to the race saw Faustmann / Zimmermann move down to P16 by the end of the opening lap, with Walter / Mherz taking second place, which they would not relinquish. Reimann / Leutwyler carved their way through the field, and made up six positions in the first five laps, and would hold onto third place, come races end. Peter / Debruyne had quite a lonely ride to fourth place, with Vos / Susebeek claiming five points in the opening race.

Results

  1. Vanluchene / Bax
  2. Walter / Mherz
  3. Reimann / Leutwyler
  4. Peter / Debruyne
  5. Blank / Blume

 

In what would turn out to be a repeat performance for Vanluchene / Bax, a brilliant fight for the middle podium spot took place, with it going all the way down to the wire between Faustmann / Zimmermann, and Reimann / Leutwyler. In the first half of the race, a very consistent Walter / Mherz occupied the silver medal position, however, this was to no avail in the end as they had to reluctantly call it a day, after just nine laps.This paved the way for Peter / Debruyne to, once again, claim fourth place. At the conclusion of the second, and final race of the day, there was only a +0.439 gap between the second and third placed crews, with Blank / Blume rounding out the top five, as they did in the first leg. Further down the order, it was a thirteenth place finish for Vos / Susebeek, and this gave them a further eight points, to take their weekend tally to thirteen.

Results

  1. Vanluchene / Bax
  2. Faustmann / Zimmermann,
  3. Reimann / Leutwyler
  4. Peter / Debruyne
  5. Blank / Blume

 

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