The WSC circus aims for Roggenburg Switzerland with Vanluchene and Van Den Bogaart almost there.
The remarkable young Belgian Marvin Vanluchene and his Dutch three-times world champion passenger Ben Van Den Bogaart are within touching distance of the 2018 WSC title as they set their sights on Switzerland.
They need just forty-four points to put the series crown out of reach of second in the standings Koen Hermans and Nicolas Musset. With a lead of fifty-six points, Vanluchene will be looking for two strong podiums at Roggenburg.
Anything less, and the championship stays open until the finale in Vesoul. Both the concluding tracks are hard and fast open circuits so typical in this region, and very different from the deep sand Vanluchene and Hermans cut their teeth on. Nonetheless, both youngsters have shown their ability in all types of going, so the “old guard” of Daniel Willemsen/Robbie Bax, and the defending champion Etienne Bax/Kaspars Stupelis know that things will be far from easy.
For Bax, whilst there is still a mathematical chance of glory, the reality has already hit home. Too much bad luck early season has robbed him of another title, and similarly Valentin Giraud, who will be doing everything in his power to salvage some prestige in Switzerland and on home soil one week later.
Willemsen, despite a catastrophic chain of events this year, has once again stuck to the task and proved to all that he is far from beaten, and sits in fourth place overall. Surprise package, and just twenty points behind Willemsen, comes Estonian Kert Varik with his Latvian passenger Lauris Daiders. This Baltic duo have shown both speed and consistency all season long, earning the respect of the entire paddock.
For Vanluchene to slip up now, will take a massive dose of bad luck, but as we all know, nothing is over until it's really over. So rest assured everyone will try their utmost to the final flag. Roggenburg really is “make or break”.
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From Barry Nutley