The IRRC Supersport, Superbike races weren’t the only prime factors of the first Chimay Open Trophy event since 2019, as a host of Europe’s top real roads aces returned to Belgium’s leading active pure roads course.
Prior to his IRRC challenge been thwarted by an incident which resulted in a collarbone injury, Performance Racing Achterhoek’s Jorn Hamberg got the better of Christian Schmitz, Jonathan Lesceux to take BeNeLux (Belgium Netherlands Luxembourg) Trophy Supersport Race 1 success.
Absent due to the above mentioned injury, the second national 600 contest went the way of team mate, fellow countryman Ilja Caljouw with Laserscanning Europe supported Schmitz recording another second place finish.
Edged out for victories by Lukas Maurer in the IRRC Superbike encounters, Didier Grams would prove the man to beat from the BeNeLux Trophy races.
Victorious in both 1000cc contests, the main opposition to G&G Motorsport’s Grams was provided by Sander Claessen, Yan Ancia and impressive IRRC 1000cc racing newcomer Joey Den Besten.
Ludovic Landolfi scored Superbike Youngtimer race victories, IRRC Supersport Championship leader Pierre Yves Bian took the Super Twin race spoils, Geoffrey Vankoekelbergh, Christophe Carlier shared the Stock Twin class honours whilst others to claim successes were:
Classic Evo 2 front runners Bruno Gohy & Sebastien Antoine, Classic Evo 1 pace setters Stefaan Vamaekelbergh & Eddy Pronier, Jimmy Lafineur (IPC 250 Race 2), Bernard Depierreux (IPC 250 Race 1), Etienne Huon De Penanster (IPC 125 Race 2), Pierre Billiet (IPC 125 Race 1).
F1 Sidecar winners Hilbert Talens/Frank Claeys and seven times top thirty TT finishers combined Paul Leglise/Melanie Farnier.
Photo credit: Robby Repsol
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou