John Holden and Andrew Winkle were victorious in the opening Sidecar race at this year’s Isle of Man TT.
The pairing – who have reunited this year – took their second win on the Mountain Course, capitalising when the Birchall brothers retired on the last lap. The race had initially been red flagged but it was the Birchall pairing who led the sidecars away, following the withdrawal of seeded number 1 pairing Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle due to technical problems.
Ben and Tom Birchall got a new lap record of 116.798mph before their bike expired on the final lap at the Sulby Crossroads. They had built up a lead of over 30 seconds but it was disappointingly not to be.
This left it clear for Holden and Winkle to race to a very comfortable lead over the second pairing of Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley. Peter was joined on the podium by brother Alan Founds and his passenger Aki Aalto. Racing in a podium position during the race, Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance were another retirement.
A statement was released following the commencement of the race revealing the sad news that Dwight Beare has sadly passed away following an incident during the race. His passenger Benjamin Binns is currently in hospital but described as stable with an ankle injury. Beare made his TT debut in 2014. My thoughts are with his family, friends, team and passenger at this very sad and difficult time.
Elsewhere evening practice was red flagged following a serious incident at the Sulby Straight.