With a victory at the second race of the Sidecar World Championship at the Lausitzring track, Jörg Steinhausen and Axel Kölsch are leading the 2014 sidecar series that is supporting this year’s International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM). Taking place over the first weekend in May at the Euro Speedway circuit, the race was a successful conclusion to a considerable amount of track time spent at the Lausitzring, where the team used several official test days to work on some of the issues they had encountered at the opening round at Motorland Aragón in Spain several weeks ago.
Having suffered with handling problems at the rear of their S1000RR powered LCR BMW in Aragón, Jörg and Axel spent much of the test days at the Lausitzring working on the suspension, as the German track offers a many challenges for both the chassis and suspension. Having made significant progress in fantastic weather conditions, the thermometer reading then plummeted as the race weekend approached, with teams forced to start practice in temperatures as low as 43° F (6° C), with rain to follow.
During the two timed qualifying sessions on Saturday, Steinhausen and Kölsch left their rivals in no doubt about their intentions to dominate this year’s IDM series, as they put their LCR BMW outfit on the pole position, with their best lap time (1:44.9) being around 1.8 seconds faster than their Sidecar World Cup competitors Hock and Becker.
However, on race day, things did not initially go according to plan, as Steinhausen and Kölsch made a disastrous start and were passed by the majority of the field. “We hadn’t properly warmed up our tires before the start and as a consequence, couldn’t find the required grip off the line, so it left us with everything to do during the race,” admitted Steinhausen.
However, the two determined racers began an amazing comeback, fighting their way through the pack up to fourth place by the end of the first lap, and actually taking the lead on lap three – a position that Jörg and Axel controlled throughout the remainder of the race. By posting consistently fast lap times, the pair were able to increase their lead and dominate their rivals, eventually crossing the finish line some 14 seconds in front of rivals Hock and Becker on a Suzuki, and Yamaha-mounted Swiss pairing Rutz and Hofer.
“It was a great result,” confirmed Jörg, “so now our objective is to carry this momentum forwards to the next World Cup round, which takes place at the world-famous Donington Park racetrack in Great Britain in three weeks time.”