SUPERSIDE: St.Petersburg: Qualifying report

The rain continued relentlessly over the Sachsenring throughout both qualifying session for the final event in the 2005 Superside FIM Sidecar World Championship. After the two 30 minute sessions it was Finland's Tero Manninen & Pekka Kuismanen...

The rain continued relentlessly over the Sachsenring throughout both qualifying session for the final event in the 2005 Superside FIM Sidecar World Championship.

After the two 30 minute sessions it was Finland's Tero Manninen & Pekka Kuismanen who claimed their very first Pole Position at this level on the Tuusmotor LCR-Suzuki GSXR ahead of the newly crowned World Champions Tim & Tristan Reeves from the UK on a similar machine.

French 'Wild-Card' sensations Sebastien Delonnoy & Nicholas Bidaut continued their fine form from Assen to recored their second frnt row start in the two events they have contested this season, while the major surprise in the unforgiving conditions was the Czech Republic team Fuki Racing pair of Thomas Fuokal & Jiri Pertlicek who stunned the pit-lane when they got up to 7th position on the Team Fuki Racing LCR-Yamaha R1.

Race Action starts on Saturday evening with the 10 Lap Sprint Race, and the 2005 World Championship season concludes with the 22 Lap 'main' event on Sunday.

With Tim & Tristan Reeves already confirmed as Champions, all eyes will be on whether the Finn's, Manninen and Päivärinta can overhall the absent Jörg Steinhausen for the runner-up spot in the championship table.

-Ian Guy, Superside.com

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