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SIDECARCROSS WEEKLY REVIEW BY BRADLEY HIX 18/19 JUNE

20/06/2022

Welcome back once more, to the eighth edition of the weekly reviews where we take a look at what has happened in the world of sidecarcross, over this past weekend. Last weekend, we saw just one day of racing, in the form of the Latvian amateur series, where the Lielbardis crew scored a perfect amount of 50 from 50. This weekend however, there were national championship rounds held for the French, British and Czech championships, respetively. Lets take a look at how things panned out…

 

British Championship – Tandragee (Saturday)
Race one commenced at approximately 11:40 local time, and it became apparent in the early stages that the championship leader of Wilkinson / Millard, who leads Brown / Chamberlain by one point, were not going to be able to battle it out exclusively between themselves, as the #14 crew of Moulds / Gray had decided to join the party, after setting the quickest time in the practise session. They took the holeshot and managed to maintain the advantage for the entirety of the race, as they took the win by by just shy of 4 seconds. Behind them, Wilkinson / Millard and Brown / Chamberlain were circulating at a very similar pace, which made the task of making a move on the veteran crew even tougher for the #199 crew.
Reluctantly, they had to settle for 20 points in the opening race, as they could not close the gap down to Brown / Chamberlain, and the championship lead went in favour of the #888 team, by two points.

Results

  1. Moulds / Gray
  2. Brown / Chamberlain
  3. Wilkinson / Millard
  4. Campbell / Graham
  5. Hodges / Wilkinson

 

Early afternoon came round, and this time it was a much better launch off of the start gate for Wilkinson / Millard, as they looked to reinstate themselves at the top of the standings. Once more, it was Moulds / Gray who took the holeshot, but on this occasion, they were forced to submit their lead on the third lap, as Wilkinson / Millard made their move and stretched the gap to over 6 seconds, by the end of the race. They’d taken back the championship lead, but by how much? That question was soon answered, as they came across the line to round out the podium, with Campbell / Graham taking second place. Arguably, this is a result that was gifted to Campbell / Graham, as Moulds / Gray had held the second place position for the entirety of the race, until the penultimate corner, when they had to push their bike across the line! Nevertheless, the championship lead swung back in favour of the #199 crew, by a slender three points.

Results

  1. Wilkinson / Millard
  2. Campbell / Graham
  3. Brown / Chamberlain
  4. Hodges / Wilkinson
  5. Moulds / Gray

 

One more race to go before the fourth round of the British championship concluded, and the final chance for Brown / Chamberlain to make up some ground in the championship hunt. The holeshot this time around, went to Wilkinson / Millard, as they looked to put distance between themselves and the pack, and thus ensuring that they could ride a relatively stress-free race. This is exactly what happened, as they rode into the distance to claim their second victory of the day, by a margin of +8.843 seconds. Brown / Chamberlain did not get the best of starts, however, using their skills and expertise, they carved their way through from their initial fourth place by the end of lap one, to come across the line in second place, to lay claim to another 22 points. Completing the podium on this occasion were the winners of race one, Moulds / Gray. In conclusion the, after three races and over an hour of action, the championship lead is extended to six points, as opposed to the single-point advantage that they started the weekend with.

Results

  1. Wilkinson / Millard
  2. Brown / Chamberlain
  3. Moulds / Gray
  4. Campbell / Graham
  5. Hodges / Wilkinson

 

French Championship – Chaumont (Sunday)
Temperatures in excess of 35c were to be contended with by all of the crews that had made the journey to Chaumont for this weekends round of the French national championship, which saw a handful of British crews getting in some last-minute track time, prior to their arrival for the third round of the world championship in Lommel, next weekend.

For the first time of three, the gates dropped and it was a great start from the championship leaders of Killian and Evan Prunier, who would march on to take the victory by nearly 15 seconds, to extend their advantage at the top of the championship. As mentioned, there were a couple of British crews in the mix here this weeked, in the form of #92 Foden / Cooper and #177 Kinge / Phelps. Coincidentally, it was these two crews that rounded off the podium in the first race of the day, finishing 14 seconds, and 22 seconds adrift from the winners, respectively.

Results

  1. Prunier / Prunier
  2. Foden / Cooper
  3. Kinge / Phelps
  4. Chanteloup / Villaines
  5. Raymond / Boucher

 

The sun continued to beat down in the French countryside as the riders and passengers alike, lined up for the second time on the day. Once more, it was the Prunier boys who got the superior launch from the gate, and put themselves in prime position to lead the pack and stretch the gap at the front of the field. In what was almost a carbon copy of the first encounter, Killian and Evan crossed the line to take another victory, this time by 16 seonds. Turning our attention to the battle of the Brits, it was a closely fought affair as Kinge / Phelps set a quicker lap time than their compatriots, however, this was to no avail as the consistency of Foden / Cooper brought them yet another second place finish, with a margin of 8 seconds over Kinge / Phelps.

Results

  1. Prunier / Prunier
  2. Foden / Cooper
  3. Kinge / Phelps
  4. Chanteloup / Villaines
  5. Hamard / Hupon

 

The final race of the day soon came around, and could anybody take the fight to the increasingly-dominant Prunier pairing? Ten laps of racing would bring us the answer to that question, as the gates slammed down and the revs rose, the Prunier’s took the holeshot once more. The British crews were somewhat thwarted at the beginning of the race, however, it was Foden / Cooper who managed to slice their way into second place, to which they were well acccustomed to by now. Kinge / Phelps were mired in the pack and could only manage to put themselves on the cusp of the top 5, which meant that there was going to be a new crew completing the podium in this final encounter, in the form of Hamard / Hupon.

Results

  1. Prunier / Prunier
  2. Foden / Cooper
  3. Hamard / Hupon
  4. Chanteloup / Villaines
  5. Kinge / Phelps

 

After this weekends racing, it was a perfect score for Killian and Evan Prunier as they extend their lead at the top of the championship with a total of 606 points, and this gives them an advantage of 172 points over their nearest challengers Chanteloup / Villaines, with Hamard / Hupon completing the top 3 a further 26 points adrift.

 

Czech Championship – Kramolin (Sunday)
As opposed to the three races held on the day for the British and French championships, the Czech championship only held 2 races, as is their normal procedure. Early pace-setters Cerny / Chopin topped the practise session, with Boukal / Viton a mere +0.138 seconds slower, and Polivka / Zatloukal completing the top trio.

Taking the holeshot in this first encounter was Cerny / Chopin, as they looked to solidify their stance at the top of the standings on their WSP Jawa. Chasing them hard throughout the early stages of this race was the #99 crew of Boukal / Viton, however, their challenge soon fell by the wayside as the factory Jawa crew opened up their lead to over 21 seconds, by the time the cheqeuered flag was thrown out. Tomas and Jakub Vejchoda completed the podium on this occasion, after leaving it a little bit too late to close the gap to the second place finishers.

Results

  1. Cerny / Chopin
  2. Boukal / Viton
  3. Vejchoda / Vejchoda
  4. Polivka / Zatloukal
  5. Kralicek / Boukal

 

The closing race of the day kicked off in fine form as the race winners from the earlier encounter repeated their earlier performance and, despite their total race time being some 10 seconds slower than their previous time, due to the every-changing conditions of the circuit, they still took a convincing win, to lay claim to yet another 25 points, by over 30 seconds. Finding their way on to the podium for the first time since race one at the previous round was the #15 crew of Polivka / Zatloukal, who managed to fend their position all the way to the end of the race, as the Vejchoda pairing took yet another third place by the smallest of margins; +0.580 to be exact! Boukal / Viton were having a good race too, however their efforts were not to be rewarded as they eventually crossed the line in eighth.

Results

  1. Cerny / Chopin
  2. Polivka / Zatloukal
  3. Vejochda / Vejchoda
  4. Pec / Pec
  5. Herclik / Herclik

 

Two victories from two races has meant that, naturally, Cerny / Chopin extend their lead in the Czech championship to 30 points, with a total of 177, compared to Polivka / Zatloukal’s 147, and rounding out the top 3 is Vejchoda / Vejchoda with their combines tally of 139.

 

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