Report from Sidecarcross GP at Iffendic
Over the last weekend the Iffendic club hosted round 9 of the 2015 Sidecarcross World Championships at their spectacular Circuit de la Chambre au Loup in the north west of the country. As on previous occasions at this venue the organisation was excellent with every one of the clubs helpers on the day knowing exactly who was doing what – apart from one man in charge of the VIP camping/parking area who waited till most people had got settled then announced that all the campers would have to be turned through 90° but that’s another story!
There was a disappointing turn out of only 32 teams so qualification was only needed to determine start line positions and who would be the two reserves. In the qualifying race #2 E.Bax/Stupelis won from the local favourites, #5 Giraud/Musset with #111 Willemsen/R.Bax third. #3 Brown/J.Chamberlain were eighth, #11 Wilkinson/Kirwin twelfth and #23 Jarvis/D.Chamberlain thirteenth so all on the front row.
On Sunday morning there was a thunderstorm and heavy rain in the early hours but this cleared up before racing started and although some spectators were obviously put off by the weather there were still around 7000 around the track mostly hoping to see #5 Giraud/Musset take the wins.
In the first moto #4 Hendrick/v.d.Bogaart took the holeshot from Bax, Willemsen and Wilkinson in an excellent fourth place. Brown was in sixth and Jarvis mid pack. Hendrickx only held the lead for just over two laps when Bax cut inside on a tight right hander and after that never looked back. Giraud didn’t get such a good start but was up to fifth by lap two and then fourth on the next lap. After his super start Wilkinson quickly dropped back to seventh place and then spent a number of laps fending off Rozehnal. Just after half distance Giraud finally got past Hendrickx to take second place but by this time he was so far behind Bax that there was little chance of him catching the Dutchman. Hendrickx held on to third place until four laps from the flag when Willemsen passed him. Brown closed on the Belgian for the last few laps but wasn’t able to pass him. At the flag Bax was the winner from Giraud with Willemsen third, Brown fifth, Wilkinson eighth and Jarvis tenth.
When the gate dropped for the second race the track had dried out considerably and it looked as if dust was likely to be a problem. Fortunately it was not but without the stiff breeze it might have been a different story. Hendrickx once again took the holeshot from Jarvis and Willemsen with Bax behind Jarvis. As the riders dropped down to the bottom of the circuit Hendrickx led from Willemsen with Jarvis third and Giraud fourth. Brown was in eighth and Wilkinson thirteenth. Giraud was up to second place on lap three and closing fast on Hendrickx. Bax was in sixth place just ahead of Jarvis and Brown. After ten minutes Giraud took the lead and wasn’t troubled for the rest of the race. Bax worked his way up to third place just before half distance and started to close on Hendrickx finally passing him around the twenty minute mark. Much to the delight of the crowd Giraud took the win from Bax and by virtue of his better placing in this leg also took the overall win. Bax was second and Hendrickx third. Brown was the leading Brit in fifth place with Jarvis eleventh and Wilkinson twelfth.
Bax still leads the championship table from Giraud with Hendrickx third. Brown is still in fifth with Wilkinson thirteenth, the injured Millard fourteenth and Jarvis nineteenth. The next round is at Strassbessenbach in Germany on 19th July.