August proved to be a busy month for Beverley based World Championship sidecar team of Sam and Adam Christie.
They have taken part in back to back rounds, firstly at Assen in Holland and also then on to Rijeka in Croatia.
After the 2 qualifying sessions held at Assen, Team Christie lined up on the grid in 5th and made a good start to Sunday’s 17 lap gold race.
A three-way battle then commenced with the Christie Brothers sandwiched in the middle with plenty of overtaking occurring.
They managed to climb back from 7th in the later stages of the race to secure 6th position and some more valuable championship points.
Team Christie then travelled on to Croatia for an action-packed weekend of racing with lots of track time.
Practice and qualifying went extremely well for the team. They managed to secure a place on the front row of the grid in 3rd position. This was done by lapping 1.5s quicker than the best lap time set last year. They were also just 1.2s off pole position.
Christie Brothers Suffer Clutch Issues Forcing Them To Retire
With high hopes of a podium in Saturday’s sprint race, Sam and Adam got off to a great start in 3rd position. However, disaster struck on the opening lap with a clutch problem. As a result they were forced to retire to the pits.
A huge disappointment for the team but they were optimistic of a strong result in Sunday’s gold race. As the sun came out and with temperatures of 31°C for the 18 lap gold race.
The Christie brothers got a good start and settled into 5th position in the race. As the race went on, a great battle between the Christie’s and the pairing of Wyssen and Hofer proved great entertainment with the teams swapping numerous times.
But Sam and Adam got the better of the Swiss duo to finish 4th and collect some valuable points to hold a secure 5th in the championship standings.
Team Christie now has a two-month break to prepare themselves for the final round at Estoril in Portugal in October.