Following his domination at the Spring Cup in April, Dean Harrison was once again the man to beat at Oliver’s Mount. The Silicone Engineering rider took seven wins – including the feature race – at the Cock O’The North meeting last weekend.
Harrison opened his account with a win in the first Junior race, beating Adam McLean by eight and a half seconds. Jamie Coward joined the pair on the podium. He followed that up by winning the Solo Open and the Senior. Ivan Lintin and McLean were the podium finishers in the Solo Open race. Daley Mathison and Lintin were second and third in the Senior race. Harrison also won the second leg of both races. There were podiums for Mathison in both while Lintin and McLean were third and second in the Senior and Junior races respectively.
The Cock O’The North feature race saw Harrison cross the line just over three seconds clear of Harrison. McLean rounded off a successful weekend of racing with his fifth podium of the meeting. Coward was fourth ahead of Mick Goodings, Daniel Frear, Brian Greenfield, Darren Cooper and James Cowton.
Elsewhere Joey Thompson was victorious in both Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight races. In both races he was joined on the podium by Rhys Hardistry and Frear – Hardistry second in race one and Frear second in race two.
Lintin took the win in both Super Lightweight races. It was a narrow victory in race one, beating Cowton by just nine tenths of a second while McLean was 1.4 seconds off the winner. In the second leg the gap was smaller still – down to seven tenths – while Bradley Vicars joined the leading two on the podium.
Joining the riders winning more than one race were Steven Haddow and David Bell. Haddow won both Junior B races beating Ben Shuttlewood and Russell Brook in both. The winning margin was just over a second in both races. Bell won both Classic Superbike races. He beat Peter Boast and Daniel Ingham in both. Paul Marley won the Solo Open B race beating Haddow and Shuttlewood. Brian Greenfield beat Haddow and Marley in the Solo Open B race.
In the Sidecar class it was two out of three for the Steve and Matty Ramsden partnership. They won the second and third race. Lee Crawford and Harry Payne beat the Ramsdens by four tenths of a second in race one. John and Jake Lowther were third. In race two the Ramsdens beat the Lowthers while Conrad Harrison and Andrew Winkle joined them on the podium. This result was replicated in race three.
Ben and Tom Birchall backed up their victory in the first Sidecar race at this year’s TT with a win in the second.
The Birchall brothers took the lead by Glen Helen and didn’t look back eventually beating John Holden & Lee Cain by 26 seconds. Conrad Harrison and Holden’s former passenger Andy Winkle took the final podium position in third place.
Lewis Blackstock along with passenger Patrick Rosney finished the race in fourth place ahead of Karl Bennett & Maxime Vasseur. Tony Baker & Fiona Baker-Holden finished the race in sixth place with Robert Handcock & Ken Edwards seventh. Gregory Lambert & Julie Canipa were eighth, Wayne Lockey & Mark Sayers ninth, and Gary Knight & Daniel Evanson tenth.
The action was delayed due to weather conditions and there were some damp patches around the circuit. The pace was not quite as fast as the Birchall’s record breaking speeds in the first race, however it was not far off. Dave Molyneux & Dan Sayle, Peter Founds & Jevan Walmsley, and Estelle Leblond & Melanie Farrier were amongst the retirements from the race.
Following their impressive win in Monday’s Sidecar race, the Birchall brothers did it again on Wednesday.
Ben and Tom Birchall took the lead at the start of the race and never looked back, breaking the race time record yet again on their way to victory. Dave Molyneux and Benjamin Binns were second with John Holden and Dan Sayle picking up another podium in third place.
At the start of the first lap, the Birchall brothers eked out a two second advantage over Holden and Sayle with Molyneux and Binns in third place. The partnership of Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance was fourth with Conrad Harrison and Mike Aylott in fifth. Reeves and Farrance ended up being an early retirement, having also retired from the first Sidecar race when they pulled off at Barregow. Gary Bryan and Jamie Winn also retired at the end of lap one.
On the second lap of the race the top three teams set 116mph laps, edging closer to the lap record set by Nick Crowe and Dan Sayle in 2007. The existing lap record of 116.667mph was broken by the Birchall brothers on the third and final lap with a 116.783mph lap time. They didn’t hold the record for long, however, when Molyneux and Binns went marginally faster with a 116.785mph lap.
It is the third win for Ben and Tom Birchall around the TT course and their second of the week. Behind the top three, Monday’s podium finishers Harrison and Aylott finished in fourth with Ian and Carl Bell coming home fifth. Matt Dix and Shaun Parker were sixth with the Wayne Lockey & Mark Sayers, Steve Ramsden & Matty Ramsden, Robert Handcock & Aki Aalto, and Tony Baker & Fiona Baker-Milligan rounding out the top ten.
Ben and Tom Birchall have won the first Sidecar race at this year’s Isle of Man TT.
The brothers, who took their first TT win in 2013, were the third duo away and were leading by the end of the first lap. The partnership of John Holden and Dan Sayle had taken the early race lead before losing it to Dave Molyneux and his new passenger Benjamin Binns. The latter pair became an early retirement – pulling off at Brandish – on the first lap joining Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance, who retired at Barregow, on the sidelines.
Holden and Sayle were second behind the Birchalls at the end of lap one, with last year’s winners Conrad Harrison and Mike Aylott in third. After the race Harrison reported having a “bit of a moment” but he soon settled into a rhythm. The second lap for the Birchalls was a 116.060mph one – the second fastest Sidecar lap in TT history – and this only cemented their position at the top of the leaderboard.
They eventually finished over twenty seconds clear of Holden and Sayle, with Harrison and Aylott also featuring on the podium. Ian and Carl Bell finished in fourth place with Alan Founds and Tom Peters fifth. Mere thousandths of a second separated fifth and sixth position with Gary Bryan and Jamie Winn having to settle for the latter spot. Gary Knight and Jason Crowe, Matt Dix and Shaun Parker, Robert Handcock and Aki Aalto, and Wayne Lockey and Mark Sayers rounded out the top ten.
It was a triumphant return for the Birchall brothers to the island following their accident last year. Not only did they complete the second fastest Sidecar TT lap in history, they also broke the race time record.
The start numbers for the Superbike and Senior TT races have been revealed.
John McGuinness will lead the riders away followed by James Hillier and Michael Dunlop. The top twenty is as follows:
- John McGuinness
- James Hillier
- Michael Dunlop
- Michael Rutter
- Bruce Anstey
- William Dunlop
- Gary Johnson
- Guy Martin
- Ian Hutchinson
- Conor Cummins
- Dean Harrison
- Keith Amor
- Lee Johnston
- Ryan Farquhar
- Dan Kneen
- David Johnson
- Peter Hickman
- Dan Stewart
- Cameron Donald
- Steve Mercer
There are also a number of impressive riders just outside the top twenty with the race consisting 72 starting places.
The official launch for the 2015 TT has been set for Tuesday 17th March. It will take place on the Isle of Man at the Villa Marina. The event will be hosted by James Whitham and Steve Parrish and a number of riders will be present.
Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness will both be there and both will have a lot to talk about. Dunlop has made the switch to factory backed Milwaukee Yamaha while McGuinness is back to full fitness following a wrist injury which hampered him last year. Also in attendance will be William Dunlop, Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison, Bruce Anstey and home favourite Conor Cummins.
The sidecar class will also be well represented. 2014 race winner Dave Molyneux will be there with new passenger Ben Binns. Other 2014 winner Conrad Harrison will also be there with his passenger Mike Aylott, and they will be joined by the Birchall brother, Tim Reeves & Patrick Farrance, and John Holden.
Along with the experienced and successful TT riders, newcomers Robbin Harms and Derek McGee will be there along with last year’s best – and the fastest ever – newcomer Peter Hickman.
There will be a live stream on the TT’s Official YouTube channel for fans who are unable to attend. There will also be an opportunity to tweet your questions to the riders via @iom_tt.
Ivan Lintin dominated at Oliver’s Mount at the weekend to come away from Scarborough with six wins from seven starts. The Taylor Lindsey Racing rider came away with the David Jeffries Cup, the Lee Pullman Trophy and the biggest one of the weekend – the International Gold Cup.
Lintin was joined on the track by some of road racing’s biggest names at the minute including John McGuinness, Bruce Anstey and Lee Johnston. He kickstarted his weekend with a win in the first leg of the David Jeffries Supersport race. Losing out to Johnston and Daley Mathison on the first lap, Lintin fought back to win by three seconds with Johnston having to settle for second and Mathison third. The B race was won by Neil Kernohan who beat Roger Wibberly and Don Gilbert. Next up for Lintin was a win in the Lee Pullman Supertwins class, this time beating Jamie Hamilton and James Cowton again with a comfortable margin. Hamilton went on to win the first leg of the Classic Superbike race, beating former boss Ryan Farquhar by over 30 seconds. David Bell finished in third place a further 14 seconds back. Lintin’s third and final victory of Saturday came in the first leg of the Superbike race which was red flagged. After five laps he crossed the line seven seconds ahead of Mathison with McGuinness picking up the final podium position. Other winners on the day were Conrad Harrison & Lee Patterson in the first sidecar race, Farquhar in the first leg of the Senior B race and Paul Owen in the Phil Mellor Trophy Lightweight class.
On Sunday it was back to business for Lintin as he added three further victories to the three picked up on Saturday. He won the second leg of the Superbike race – Senior A – once again beating Johnston and Mathison while Tom Weeden won the B race. Farquhar picked up his second victory of the weekend in the second Classic Superbike race – beating Davy Morgan and David Bell – and finished second to Weeden in Senior B. Johnston took victory in the 600 race, beating on-form man Lintin by just three tenths of a second after Lintin ran wide at the Mountside Hairpin on the final lap. They were once again joined on the podium by Mathison, who was another rider enjoying a positive weekend. There was another victory for Kernohan in the Supersport B class while Ian and Carl Bell improved on their second from Saturday to win the second sidecar race. Lintin once again won the Super Lightweight class with Cowton in second and Hamilton third.
The final race of the day was the Gold Cup – the main event. Lintin stormed to victory and beat McGuinness by over ten seconds. Johnston was a further four seconds back in third place rounding off a solid weekend for the Northern Irishman riding the Pirtek Honda. Anstey had run in the podium positions early on in the race but eventually lost out and had to settle for fourth, seven tenths back on Johnston. Cowton, Mick Goodings, Weeden, Bruce Birnie, Mark Goodings, and Brian Greenfield also finished in the top ten.