FIM Sidecars: FIM World circus heads for Oschersleben 1-3rd October
After five weeks away, the FIM Sidecar World Championship swings back into action in Germany. Sixteen crews from eight nations are entered for the event with six making the journey from the UK.
The Motorsport Arena of Oschersleben is their destination, a popular and regular venue in recent years, located mid-way between Hanover and Berlin. Leading the points table by a healthy forty-one-point margin is the Swiss pairing of Markus Schlosser/Marcel Fries. They have shown good speed and consistency all season despite the ravages of last lap battles with Todd Ellis/Emmanuelle Clement and Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau. Eight-times champion Reeves is not going quietly, and with six races still on the agenda, there is much to play for.
Ellis/Clement, on the Santander Salt Yamaha sit second, thirty-four points clear of reigning British Champions Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood, with Finnish legend Pekka Pavairinta/Ilse de Haas next up in fourth.
Reeves/Rousseau trail Kershaw by a further fifteen points, putting them one hundred adrift of the series leaders.
Lukas Wyssen and Thomas Hofer, Schlosser’s teammates are best of the rest in sixth.
This round clashes with a British Molson Group round at Donington Park, but there is strength in depth at both events, making the weekend a fascinating prospect for sidecar racing lovers and enthusiasts.
All these teams will be coming together at the next British round in Brands Hatch, where both FIM and Molson Group crews will take to the Kent circuit in a combined event.
Meanwhile, the focus is on the top four crews heading for Germany and the appetising prospect of yet more drama as Schlosser/Fries aim for their first title, and Ellis/Clement close in on what could be a sensational debut year on the world stage.
There are two crews equally determined to stop that happening at whatever cost, as Reeves/Rousseau and Pavairinta/de Haas prepare for battle.
Photo credits: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters