Round three in Lommel last weekend underlined just why this incredible World Sidecar Cross story never runs out of narratives. The best scriptwriters in the world could not have dreamt up what happened in race two.
The result of an amazing Belgian GP is that three teams emerged almost level on points for the weekend overall position, resulting in a nine-point gap in the standings going into round four Estonia. The Lange Motocentre in Tartu is a very professional outfit, and a track which the teams either love or hate.
Estonian national Kert Varik, just four points off the red plate, will have a huge following at his home GP, and for that matter, his passenger Lari Kunnas is as close to his home as he will go all season, so he too will muster strong support.
If Etienne Bax/Ondrej Cermak thought they had pressure before Lommel, that pressure just got a whole lot bigger with events in Belgium. Added to which, Marvin Vanluchene and Robbie Bax are now able to challenge for the title with six races to go and only a thirty-eight-point deficit.
Likewise Gert van Werven/Ben Van Den Bogaart and Brett Wilkinson/Joe Millard are still very much in with a shout. But for Wilkinson’s crash in race one Belgium, he would be even closer.
The dark horses going into Lange must surely once again be Julian Veldman and Glenn Janssens. They are the crew Etienne Bax fears most, particularly in sandy going, and Lange is not short on sand.
Marco Heinzer/Reudi Betschart are emerging as a team who can ride all terrains with equal ability, but will need to look to their laurels in Estonia with Koen Hermans/Nicolas Musset breathing down their necks just one point behind. The elderly KTM VMC of the Swiss is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and seems ultra-reliable.
So, the road-trip is on, Estonia awaits, and the weather in Tartu County is set to be fine with temperatures close to the thirties.
To quote Etienne Bax in Belgium, “These two GP’s will be pivotal, and could easily decide the championship. If we get it badly wrong either here or in Estonia, it’s game over”.
Well, there will be winners and there will be losers, but Lange Estonia is going to be a spectacular weekend whatever happens, and we will be there recording all the action for you to enjoy. Stay across GP number four here on www.fimsidecarcross.com for all the news/action as it occurs.
If you would like a weekend to remember, all details of the venue are in the calender section of our website, or you can view direct on - www.langemotokeskus.com
From Barry Nutley