BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Germany and South Africa, 26/08/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The title in the FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC) couldn’t have been decided in a more dramatic fashion. The top three teams in the championship standings were neck and neck heading into the final in Oschersleben at the weekend. In the middle: BMW team of Pekka Päivärinta and Kirsi Kainulainen (44-Racing). The Finnish duo were in second place overall before the showdown in the Magdeburg Börde, just four points behind the leading Dutchmen Bennie Streuer/Geert Koerts. Two races were held at the finale in Oschersleben to draw the season to a close.
Part one of the showdown, the 12-lap sprint race was held in glorious sunshine and midsummer temperatures on Saturday. Päivärinta/Kainulainen rode onto the podium in third place, closely behind their Dutch championship rivals, thereby keeping their hopes of the championship crown alive. So the title was decided on Sunday, in the “Gold Race” over 20 laps. Päivärinta/Kainulainen got off to a good start, but were forced to abandon their hopes of the title. Their BMW sidecar came off the track and rode through the gravel, which saw them drop back into sixth place. The Finnish duo set about making up places, and ended up crossing the finish line in fourth place. In the overall standings of the championship, they ended up in third place with 165 points, trailing the new world champions Streuer/Koerts by 15 points.
Uwe Gürck and Manfred Wechselberger (Polizei Sport Verein Wels) also staged thrilling battles and finished in fourth and fifth on their BMW sidecar. They ended the season in fourth place overall, with 92 points. Mike Roscher/Anna Burkhard (Roscher-Burkard-Penz13) finished the final races of the season in eighth and seventh. 89 points saw them come fifth in the championship standings.
At the sixth and penultimate race weekend of the 2015 season, the South African Super GP Champions Trophy (RSA SBK) returned to the Red Star Raceway near Delmas. Privateers Lance Isaacs (Black Swan Energy) and Nicholas Kershaw (Tsunami Beach Bar BMW) were flying the BMW colours once again. Isaacs started the two races from fourth on the grid, Kershaw from sixth.
The first race was held in temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius. Isaacs set his sights on the podium, but the temperature display on his motorcycle suddenly rose dangerously during the race. “I had to slow down in order to save the engine,” explained Isaacs. He crossed the finish line in fourth place. Kershaw finished sixth.
The result was reversed in the second race. Kershaw was able to make up places and secure fourth place on his BMW S 1000 RR. Isaacs stormed to the front after the start and was on track to finish on the podium in third place when his rear damper overheated and played havoc with the balance of the machine. Isaacs was no longer able to attack, but did manage to finish the race and came sixth.
The season finale will be held at the Dezzi Raceway on 19th September. Going into the final races, Isaacs is third in the overall standings. “This is a new track for everyone. I am confident that I can close the season on a high and claim the bronze plaque in the series,” he said.