Eight times TT rostrum finisher Tim Reeves quest for a ninth world title, began with mixed results at the World Sidecar Championship season opener at Le Mans.
As during previous events in 2021, TT, Southern 100, Oliver’s Mount winner Reeves sidekick across Friday, Saturday’s competition was Frenchman Kevin Rousseau.
Following practice, qualifying sessions Team Bonovo Action’s Reeves/Rousseau would surge to opening race honours, emerging 0.901 clear of race 2 winners, early Championship leaders Marcel Schlosser/Marcel Fries.
Dropping back to fifth in the second 18 lap encounter, having looked on course for a second place finish before a gear lever problem, Reeves/Rousseau currently sit nine points behind the above mentioned Swiss pairing of Schlosser/Fries.
The next round of the 2021 World Sidecar Championship sees competitors making the trip to Hungary, to race the Pannonia Ring with competition beginning on the 26th June.
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