Birchall brothers break lap record on way to Sidecar victory

Ben and Tom Birchall were the winning partnership of this year’s opening Sidecar race, breaking their own lap record on the way. They set a new outright lap record of 117.119mph – the first 117mph lap by a sidecar at the event.

They beat John Holden and new passenger Lee Cain by just over 25 seconds while Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle completed the podium finishers. Alan Founds finished in fourth place with Jake Lowther while Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes were fifth. Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley finished sixth, ahead of Conrad Harrison & Andrew Winkle, Tony Baker & Fiona Baker-Holden, and Karl Bennett & Maxime Vasseur. Wayne Lockey and Mark Sayers were the partnership who rounded out the top ten finishers.

Outside of the top ten Estelle Leblond & Melanie Farrier were 11th ahead of Mick Alton & Chrissie Clancy. Robert Handcock finished 12th with passenger Ken Edwards while Gregory Lambert & Julie Canipa were 13th. Allan Schofield & Steve Thomas ended the race 14th while Darren Hope and Shaun Parker took 15th.

Rain started to fall on the third and final lap but competitors were able to make it home to complete the race. It was the fifth victory for the Birchall brothers at the Isle of Man TT.

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