FIM Sidecars – Report by our illustrious lady passenger Emmanuelle Clement following a great Pannoniaring for the team
Bye Bye Hungary, Hello Croatia.
This weekend we were at Pannonia Ring in Hungary to take part in our fourth round of the Sidecar World Championship.
A hot weekend in temperature and color. Installed Thursday, short reconnaissance walk and off we go for free practice on Friday.
We are making some adjustments and are already in our times from last year. Saturday, big day because two qualifications and a race on the program. The temperatures being high, we take advantage of the first qualifying session at 8:30a.m. to set our time; the choice is good since we achieve a time of 1’55”8, a time never reached before, so the unofficial lap record (since not achieved in the race).
No one improves in the second session which puts us in pole position for both races.
3:15 p.m., start of the first race of 15 laps!!! Excellent start for us since we passed the first corner in the lead. We continue our momentum while saving our tires because with this heat the rubber wears out quickly. We are closely followed by the Schlosser / Fries crew who are trying to overtake us but we react just as quickly and regain our position. We manage to resist our competitors until the end and
therefore win the victory of this first race 🥇
Sunday morning, small warm-up to warm up for the race. The wind is a little more present and it feels good.
1:15 p.m., let’s go!!!! Second race started, same start as the day before, we are leading the race. The competitors are a little more enraged and the attacks more present with the 2021 world champions; which benefits the Streuer/Kolsch crew who take the lead and we pass the checkerboard in second position.🥈
Great races with great rivalry.
We are happy with our weekend and our qualifying time and leave with a smile, boiling hot (it’s the case to say it) for Croatia.
A big thank you to our sponsors, our team, our families and all of you who follow us to the depths of Europe.
Direction Rijeka for the fifth round of the World Cup next weekend.
Photo credit: Mark ‘Wally’ Walters