Double Race Win Keeps Bax and Stupelis on top of the
Sidecar GP World.
Report and pictures by Tracy Thacker
Etienne Bax-Kaspars Stupelis and Arne Dierckens-Robbie Bax
The busy sidecarcross GP series travelled to Straßbessenbach, Germany for round nine, last weekend and was run on a brilliant natural track.
In the qualifying group, “A” Bax / Stupelis took the win, and Dierckens / Bax took the holeshot in group “B”, and there was no stopping them, blasting through to a great victory.
Five British teams qualified, with only Brown / Chamberlain on the front row, and Foden / Bijenhof a reserve. Osbaldiston / Cooper just missed out.
On race day the weather was much better than for qualifying, with no rain and plenty of sun, and the track was in excellent condition.
Stuart Brown-Josh Chamberlain and Jake Brown-Joe Millard
In GP Race one, Willemsen / Badaire and Dierckens / Bax battled for the lead in the first few bends, but it was Dierckens / Bax who held the advantage.
From behind Bax / Stupelis were on a charge and within the first few laps, they blasted into the lead. Dierckens / Bax held second but was under pressure from Vanluchene / Van Den Bogaart who managed to fight past taking second place.
Behind Brown / Chamberlain had a great battle with Willemsen / Badaire and managed to move ahead to hold a safe third. Unfortunately, Willemsen / Badaire were left trackside with mechanical problems leaving them out of the race.
Wilkinson / Humphrey fought hard after a slow start to take twelfth place with Kinge / Gray a few places behind in sixteenth.
J Brown / Millard battled hard the whole race, but problems dropped them back out of the points.
In GP Race two, Dierckens / Bax took the holeshot for a second time, amazingly fast up the long start straight. Again Bax / Stupelis were on top form and battled with their rivals to blast into the lead back, going on to take a brilliant double win.
Dierckens / Bax held a safe second throughout the remainder of the race.
Brown / Chamberlain tucked into third, and the top three remained unchanged for the rest of the race.
Varik / Daiders had a steady race tucking into fourth. Vanluchene / Van Den Bogaart was just behind but didn’t make it easy for themselves dropping back at the halfway point with problems, but fighting back to take a brilliant fifth, with the same points scored as Brown / Chamberlain but took fourth overall just missing the podium.
J Brown / Millard had a great race battling from a second row start to fight through the field and take a brilliant top ten place.
Wilkinson / Humphrey hit another team on the start straight and didn’t get a great starting position but soon fought back to take eleventh.
Kinge / Gray hit Keuben / Roes who were in front of them on the start line and didn’t go forward when the gate dropped, and both teams were way last but battled hard to get in the points.
Arne Dierckens-Robbie Bax
There are now three British teams in the top twenty, Stuart Brown / Josh Chamberlain move back up to a brilliant fifth, Jake Brown / Joe Millard are thirteenth and George Kinge / Lewis Gray fifteenth. Brett Wilkinson / Ryan Humphrey is just outside the top twenty holding twenty-second.
The saddest news this week is from No 4 – Giraud / Haller who was involved in a terrible accident on the start of race two in Markelo last weekend. Driver Valentin broke his spine and doctors do not think he will regain feeling in his legs. The whole sidecar family is in shock and are immediately fundraising to help with medical costs.
In two weeks the championship moves to the fabulous man-made Stelpe track in Latvia, where the facilities are out of this world.
We will keep you updated on all the action.