FIM Sidecars – Ellis/Clement edging closer to title with a double in Germany

by | Oct 3, 2022 | FIM Sidecar World Championship

Ellis and Clement lead Schlosser and Fries

Coming many weeks after the previous round, Oschersleben was welcomed by all in the
paddock, as it was effectively a sidecar festival for many other classes. There were outfits
of all shapes and sizes, along with many names from the past and present.

Qualifying

Heavy rain greeted the early risers on Saturday, with a red flag halting proceedings in the opening session of a classic support class.

It was wet throughout the free practice sessions, as Pekka Pavairinta/Ilse de Haas made a welcome return to action, showing the way round. Bennie Streuer/Kevin Kolsch headed the times before qualifying proper got underway with the first session.

Todd Ellis’s forty-one-point series lead needed protecting, but Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries were going to attack if possible. They started the session two seconds faster than Ellis/Clement, with Streuer and Paivairinta second and third. The five-times champion Finn had lost none of his speed during his time away. Conditions were wet, so caution was the watchword with all teams respecting the tricky going.

Contrary to popular opinion and despite recent difficulties, Harry Payne had made it to the grid with Callum Crowe alongside on a borrowed bike but suffered engine problems before the opening session.

With seven minutes remaining, Ellis found a bit more, moving to within one second of his Swiss rival and main challenger. Schlosser then banged in his fastest lap of 1.48.389, a clear one and a half seconds faster than Ellis. Work to do for the Santander Salt team before session two, which hopefully would be dry.

Session two and the track was better, with times much more respectable. Pavairinta again threw the gauntlet down, but on lap three Ellis/Clement went top with a 1.33.416, almost one second faster than Streuer/Kolsch who were next best.

Lap seven, and all the top teams were into the 1.33 second bracket with Streuer, Pekka Pavairinta and Schlosser moving past Ellis/Clement. The Anglo-French pair responded with a 1.32.253 and then pitted. Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood (Quattro Yamaha) crept into the top four on their final lap. Kevin Cable/Chaz Richardson made tenth on the L&W Contractors Yamaha among the French crews.

Ellis confirmed pole ahead of Schlosser, Streuer and Kershaw. Pavairinta, Peugeot, Wyssen and Payne completing the top eight grid places.

Race One

Twenty-one laps of the Oschersleben circuit lay ahead of the teams as the lights went out. Ellis/Clement almost made the most of pole position but did not get the hole shot. That went to Schlosser/Fries, but it was indeed Ellis leading the pack first time around with two-tenths edge over Schlosser/Fries. The Quattro Yamaha of Kershaw and Charlwood sat third, from Streuer, Peugeot and Pavairinta. Ted Peugeot looked vulnerable, with the veteran Finn Pavairinta setting the fastest lap.

Next time round, Schlosser claimed the quickest lap, carving chunks out of Ellis’s lead, but there was a long way to go. The defending champions knew they had to try to win here in Germany if they had any chance of retaining the title. The leading four outfits were split by just four seconds, as Kershaw/Charlwood in third, sought a way past the Swiss crew ahead.

Pavairinta and Peugeot were still hard at it, with Harry Payne/Callum Crowe doing a great job in eighth behind Lukas Wyssen/Thomas Hofer.

Eight laps gone, and Streuer was up to third, looking for a way past Schlosser. Ellis’s gap, meanwhile, was out to almost one second again, but it was still anybody’s race at this stage. Ellis pulled the pin and eased away to give himself breathing space, as the large crowd from the sidecar paddock watched on. With a two second edge, the fight for second place was very much alive between Schlosser, Streuer and Kershaw, with Pavairinta a bit further back. Schlosser/Fries again nailed a fastest lap as they moved closer to the race leaders. This determined Swiss pair were not about to surrender easily.

Ted Peugeot was now in the pits, so Harry Payne gleefully accepted seventh spot, with everyone behind moving up one place. Then, with fourteen laps completed, a red flag came out due to sudden rain. A result was declared as only seven laps remained. Ellis/Clement took victory, enhancing their points tally.

Result

1/ Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement (Santander Salt Yamaha)
2/ Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries (Gustoil Yamaha)
3/ Bennie Streuer/Kevin Kolsch (Bonovo Action Yamaha)
4/ Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood (Quattro Yamaha)
5/ Pekka Pavairinta/Ilse
de Haas (Yamaha LCR)
6/ Lukas Wyssen/Thomas Hofer (Gustoil Yamaha)
7/ Harry Payne/Callum Crowe (Yamaha LCR)
8/ Kimeswenger/Sedlacek (Yamaha LCR)
9/ Cable/Richardson (L&W Contractors Yamaha)
10/ Pierard/Pierard (Yamaha LCR)
11/ Vinet/Pouillot (Yamaha LCR).

Race Two

Good track conditions on Sunday morning heralded a proper race at around
lunchtime. Markus Schlosser made no mistake this time, leading from the word go ahead
of Streuer and Ellis. Kershaw as once again in fourth, hunted by Pavairinta. Ted Peugeot
had another good start, battling with his arch-rival Lukas Wyssen.

A fastest lap two propelled Ellis/Clement into second place and the battle was on between
the young British crew and the Swiss defending champions. Two tenths split the pair as
Ellis stalked Schlosser, with Streuer and Kershaw very much in attendance.

One lap later, the Santander Salt bike was ahead with an equally tight scrap raging behind
them between Streuer and Kershaw. Schlosser was not lying down and reclaimed the lead
on the same lap. This was a close battle with Schlosser and Ellis almost on the same
piece of tarmac.

Lap after lap they were tied together as Ellis dropped back to half a second behind at
eleven laps gone. It was two plus two because the battle for the final podium place was
just as tight between Streuer and Kershaw.

Lap fourteen and this was beginning to look like Schlosser’s race as he edged away.
Kershaw nailed Streuer for third, but could he hold it? Time would tell as the laps ticked by.
Lap seventeen and they were among the tailenders. Schlosser hesitated as he looked to
lap a backmarker, and Ellis was in front. He had held his nerve and it paid off. He was now
able to control the race with half a second over his rival. A double victory sealed a great
weekend for the Santander Salt team with maximum points added to their score. Kershaw
held off Bennie Streuer to complete the podium.

Behind the top four, Pavairinta led Peugeot from Wyssen/Hofer and Payne/Crowe, with
Pierard/Pierard ahead of Kevin Cable/Chaz Richardson.

Result

1/ Ellis/Clement
2/ Schlosser/Fries
3/ Kershaw/Charlwood
4/ Streuer/Kolsch
5/ Pavairinta/de Haas
6/ Peugeot/Peugeot
7/ Wyssen/Hofer
8/ Payne/Crowe,
9/ Pierard/Pierard
10/ Cable/Richardson
11/ Vinet/Pouilly
12/ Leguen/Rouby

Championship standings

Ellis 305
Schlosser 254
Kershaw 220
Wyssen 140
Streuer 130
Payne 119
Peugeot 103
Cable 79
Reeves 68
Vinet 68
Pierard 45

Official full standings will be available on the FIM website. The final round carrying double points, comes from Estoril, Portugal October 28-30th

Photo credit: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters

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