PLENTY OF SHAKE AND RATTLE BUT NO ROLL
July 07, 2004
Despite struggling with their set-up, Binfield-based John Lyne and passenger Ian Beavis still took a very respectable fourth, sixth and sixth from their three races at round six of the French Championship, but were totally frustrated by the unpredictability of their machine. "We were fighting against the bike the whole time," said Ascot-born Lyne. "We just couldn't get enough traction for the rear tyre." At Cesis in Latvia a fortnight ago, in the most recent Grand Prix of the World Championship, the British duo encountered the same problem, as Beavis, explained: "The fault with the suspension made it heavy going in Latvia, but here in Huismes, where the track was far rougher, the two of us have been well and truly bounced about. You expect almost anything in sidecar-cross, but when something is wrong, it affects your confidence and makes it much harder to turn and overtake."
That said, Lyne and Beavis' typically bullish attitude saw them move up from sixth in the first race to fourth. And not for the first time this season, they had a ding-dong scrap with rival David Surcin, before finally conceding, (by less than 1.5 seconds), what would have been a remarkable podium finish. In races two and three, the JLR Racing team ignored the headaches that the lack of suspension was giving them and bravely fought their way up from 10th in both races to commendable sixth place finishes.
This Sunday the duo are in World Championship action in Zabok, Croatia where the hard working mechanics will be working flat out as they attempt to remove the shake and the rattle from the JLR Racing unit and hopefully produce more roll.