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Sidecarcross Weekly Review by Bradley Hix 3/4 July

08/07/2022

Welcome back once more this weeks review of the previous weekends’ sidecarcross racing. Of course, we anticipated a noticeable absence of the WSC crews as they headed to Lange for the fourth round of the world championship, however, what we didn’t expect was the various transport issues that ultimately led to a significant number of crews either being late, or being unable to attend the GP of Estonia. One of the crews that fell into this bracket were the Prunier pairing, as they instead made their way to Blargies to contest the French championship. In addition to this, it was also their first chance of claiming their first French championship!

French Championship - Blargies
Kicking things off, it was current championship leaders Killian and Evan Prunier who started as they intended to continue, as they took the initial advantage, however Hamard / Hupon were hot on their heels in the opening stages, almost matching the lap times being set by the Prunier’s.
As the race wore on, it soon became evident that the ever-growing gap between the #94 and #28 crews was soon going to be insurmountable, with the momentum swinging in favour of the championship leaders. Fighting for the remaining podium position was the #200 of Masson / Manach and the #40 of Chanteloup / Villaines. This conflict was soon resolved as Chanteloup / Villaines found themselves into third place, and stretched their advantage to 6 seconds by the time the chequered flag was shown.
Back at the front of the field, the Prunier’s further strengthened their hold at the top of the standings, as they took victory by 10 seconds over their nearest challenger, Hamard / Hupon. The gap at the top of the standings now lay at 177 points between the Prunier’s and Chanteloup / Villaines, and with 200 left to play for, it was crystal clear what needed to be done for Killian and Evan

Results

  1. Prunier / Prunier
  2. Hamard / Hupon
  3. Chanteloup / Villaines


The second race of the day got underway in fine form, as Killian and Evan Prunier got the superior launch off of the gate, and once again found themselves leading the pack. All they had to do now was hold on to the lead, and this would see them crowned this years champions. Further down the order, Chanteloup / Villaines were mired in the pack, and they knew that their championship hopes were slipping through their fingers, with each passing lap. Another consistent race for Hamard / Hupon meant that they once more claimed 22 points, and another second place finish, this time ahead of the #11 of Ains / Poirer. Completing the race just outside of the podium positions was another one of our WSC crews, in the form of #133 Hodges / Wilkinson, and rounding out the top five was Chanteloup / Villaines. More importantly, this meant that Killian and Evan Prunier had now opened up the advantage in the championship to 186 points, and now with only 175 left on offer, they had done enough to be crowned the 2022 French Sidecarcross champions!

Results

  1. Prunier / Prunier
  2. Hamard / Hupon
  3. Ains / Poirer


The third and final race of the weekend, and the first for the Prunier’s as champions, was almost a repeat performance of the first race that had happened just hours prior, with the Prunier’s opening up a substantial margin over Hamard / Hupon, who themselves were experiencing a great weekend and, most importantly for them, were closing the gap to Chanteloup / Villaines, who were not having the most of consistent of weekends. By the end of the race, the new champions had opened up the largest gap we had seen all weekend, specifically 36 seconds, over Hamard / Hupon, who in turn were 20 seconds ahead of Chanteloup / Villaines.
With the #28 crew scoring three 2nd place finishes, and the #40 crew taking two 3rd’s and a 5th, the gap was now down to 16 points for the runner-up positioning in the championship!

Results

  1. Prunier / Prunier
  2. Hamard / Hupon
  3. Chanteloup / Villaines
PARTNERS OF NATIONS 2022