Kivioli in Estonia hosts WSC series at half-way house for LIVE coverage
The dust had barely settled after a dramatic round six in France, before wheels were once again turning for the next thrilling episode. Two and a half thousand kilometres north-east of Plomion lies the modern and well equipped moto-park of Kivioli in Estonia. This track has hosted the championship several times before, but never at such a crucial point in the season, and not with a full weekend of LIVE TV coverage.
Last weekend in France saw overall victory for the local hero Valentin Giraud and his young German passenger Andres Haller. This result catapulted them to sixth in the standings, within touching distance of Arne Dierckens and Robbie Bax in fifth.
Giraud relegated Stuart Brown and Josh Chamberlain who had a disastrous weekend by their own standards.
Davy Sanders and Lari Kunnas have been quietly but effectively getting on with the job, and as a result they are placed fourth behind Etienne Bax/Kaspars Stupelis, Marvin Vanluchene/Ben Van Den Bogaart and Koen Hermans/Nicolas Musset in that order.
Bax and Stupelis were handed something of a bonus in France when, with one lap remaining, Van Den Bogaart and Vanluchene parted company, with a huge crash the inevitable result. Both were badly shaken, as their outfit somersaulted into the ropes. Marvin suffered cuts to the face and was treated in the medical centre, but no bones were broken. Ben escaped with a few knocks, but both are keen to make it to Estonia.
The Red plate therefore is still firmly attached to the number 82 machine of Bax and Stupelis, coming into this the half-way point of the season.
Koen Hermans was another unlucky victim in France when his clutch failed on the very last lap, whilst leading race one. Nonetheless, he and Nicolas Musset are still very much in touch with the leading two crews.
Dropping down the standings like a stone is ten times former champion Daniel Willemsen. He parted company with his French passenger Luc Rostingt in the Ukraine, and has been unable to find a replacement. At this stage of the season, even a rider of his stature will recognise that things are going to be difficult for the remainder of the year.
I for one, will be very interested to see what, who, and if, anything shows up in Estonia carrying the number 111 plate.
With the continued absence of Julian Veldman and Brett Wilkinson, the uncertainty over Willemsen, the emergence of young talent like Jake Brown and Joe Millard, as well as the vivid determination of Sanders and Dierckens, this title chase is still wide open.
There is good news for fans of the quads as well, because following our live coverage of the quad championship in Ukraine, we are also repeating that in Estonia. So quad fans, tune in and enjoy.
The entire weekend will enjoy full LIVE TV coverage, courtesy of a state of the art outside broadcast unit, cameras at every conceivable vantage point, a host of skilled operators and production staff, and a full commentary and presentation team.
I am very much looking forward to boarding my flight to what is bound to be a sensational weekend of WSC entertainment and thrills.
The usual one-hour highlights show will also be available shortly after, containing every nut and bolt of the action.
Season passes are still available with price of 35 EUR for the rest of the season, and you can catch all the news, gossip and stories as they unfold here on www.fimsidecarcross.com
From Barry Nutley