The upcoming Sidecar encounters on the Hengelo based Varsselring course, which once again host the opening round of the International Road Racing Championship from the 11th to the 12th of May, will three wheeling competing, with Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes confirmed to venture to the Netherlands most famous roads course.
Gaining additional track time ahead of TT 2019, seven times world champion Reeves/lead Sidecar TT newcomer of 2017 Wilkes, will be in competition at Hengelo alongside notable competitors such as another ex world champion in the form of Bennie Streuer, and leading French driver Kevin Rousseau.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Outside of the all star three wheeling field, solo stars to watch in the IRRC Superbike/Supersport classes at Hengelo, include reigning Supersport champion Matthieu Lagrive, Laurent Hoffmann, Didier Grams, Marek Cerveny.
Optimark Road Racing’s Pierre Yves Bian, Erno Kostamo, 2012 Newcomers A Manx GP winner Kamil Holan plus local heroes such as Ilja Caljouw, Thijs Peeters, Michael Hofman and Marcel Zuurbier.
Not forgetting event newcomers, Performance Racing Achterhoek’s Frank Gallagher and the Wepol Road Racing duo of Davey Todd and Daley Mathison, who’s progress around the fast, flowing Varsselring course, will be monitored closely.
Alongside the IRRC, modern day Sidecar classes, there’s also next month at Hengelo, BeNeLux Trophy Supersport/Superbike, Camathias Cup, NK Classics – IHRO, two stroke machinery races, as part of a planned 17 race schedule.
Words by Stevie Rial