The Birchall Brothers, Ben and Tom remain unstoppable, winning their second Sidecar TT of the week while breaking their own lap and race records in the process. The brothers from Nottinghamshire have won five Sidecar TT races in a row and eight in total.

The brothers took over the lead at the end of Lap 1, running just under two seconds faster than the early leaders John Holden and Lee Cain. That lead stretched to 22.9 seconds after the second lap thanks to a new blistering 119.250 mph lap which broke their own record of 118.694 mph set in Saturday’s first Sidecar TT race.

Holden and Cain came in second while Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes finished third, repeating the podium from the first Sidecar TT.

Locate.im Sidecar TT Race 2 top three teams. Photo Stephen Davison / Pacemaker Press Intl.

Also notable were the team of Estelle Leblond and Melanie Farnier who became the first female team to lap faster than 110 mph in the Sidecar TT. They finished ninth overall, averaging 110.229 mph over the three-lap race.

2018 Isle of Man TT: Sure Sidecar TT 2 Top Six Results
Pos. Rider Machine/Team Time Speed
1 Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall Honda/IEG Racing 57:25.040 118.281 mph
2 John Holden/Lee Cain Honda/Silicone Engineering Racing 57:47.960 117.500 mph
3 Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes Honda/Carl Cox Motorsport 58:03.738 116.967 mph
4 Alan Founds/Jake Lowther Yamaha/Brian Gray Powerbiking 59:20.780 114.437 mph
5 Lewis Blackstone/Patrick Rosney Honda/Silicone Engineering 1:00:21.459 112.519 mph
6 Conrad Harrison/Andrew Winkle Honda/Printing Roller Services 1:00:37.918 112.010 mph

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Blistering pace from Birchalls clinches Locate.im Sidecar TT Double

Ben and Tom Birchall Locate.im Sidecar TT Race 2. Photo by Stephen Davison / Pacemaker Press Intl.

Ben and Tom Birchall created history in Friday morning’s second Locate.im Sidecar TT Race at the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, when they became the first crew to lap the Mountain Course in under 19 minutes as they swept to their second win of the week, also breaking their own race record from Saturday in the process.

The Nottinghamshire brothers overhauled early leaders John Holden/Lee Cain at the end of lap one and with their second lap being a stunning 119.250mph, they eventually won by 22.92s with Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes again finishing third.

Holden/Cain led through Glen Helen on the first lap, their advantage over the Birchalls 1.4s with Reeves/Wilkes only 0.78s adrift. Patrick Blackstock/Lewis Rosney were going superb in fourth as Alan Founds/Jake Lowther and Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle completed the early top six.

John Holden/Lee Cain (LCR Honda/Silicone Engineering/Barnes Racing) at Union Mills during Friday’s LOCATE.IM Sidecar TT race. Photo by Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press Intl.

By Ramsey, Holden/Cain had eked out an extra two tenths of a second over the Birchalls but Reeves/Wilkes were dropping back, now 5.1s behind. There was change behind though as Founds/Lowther and Molyneux/Sayle moved up to fourth and fifth respectively at the expense of Blackstock/Rosney who’d dropped off the pace slightly.

The Birchalls had a quicker run up and down the Mountain to seize the initiative and an opening lap of 117.185mph meant they went into lap two with a lead of 1.89s over Holden/Cain. Reeves/Wilkes broke the 116mph barrier for the first time to maintain third and they were still only 5.5s behind Holden/Cain. Founds/Lowther and Molyneux/Sayle were still in fourth and fifth but Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle had now moved up to sixth.

Meanwhile, history had been made further back as Estelle Leblond/Melanie Farnier became the first female driver to go above 110mph and her lap of 110.732mph saw her slot into ninth place. Newcomers Michael Jackson/Harry Payne were also going well, their lap of 108.521mph putting them in 13th.

The Birchalls were pressing on at the head of the field and they had extended their lead over Holden/Cain at Glen Helen to 4.6s who, in turn, added another half second to their advantage over Reeves/Wilkes. Fourth to sixth remained the same but Blackstock/Rosney were now back in eighth while Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley were reported to be experiencing problems and eventually retired at the end of their first lap.

Throughout their second lap, the Birchalls increased their lead and a new lap record of 119.250mph – the first sub-19 minute lap for the sidecar class – saw them surge clear of Holden/Cain, the difference now a more comfortable 15.1s. Holden/Cain lapped at 117.878mph with Reeves/Wilkes setting another personal best lap of 117.729mph to slot into third, seven seconds behind Holden/Cain.

Fourth to sixth stayed the same as Leblond/Farnier put in another 110mph+ lap and Jackson/Payne improved to 109.198mph but there was no let up from the Birchalls and they duly took their fifth TT win in a row – and eighth in total – by 22.92s with a third lap of 118.427/19:06.935 to clinch victory and breaking their own race record from Saturday’s race in the process with a time of 118.281/ 57.25:040.

Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes (LCR Honda/Carl Cox Motorsport powered by H&S Contractors) at Bedstead during Friday’s LOCATE.IM Sidecar TT race. Photo by Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press Intl.

Holden/Cain and Reeves/Wilkes completed the podium, just as they had done in the first race. Founds/Lowther took fourth and Blackstock/Rosney and Harrison/Winkle took fifth and sixth while 17 time TT race winner Molyneux/Sayle retired on the final lap. Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde, Steve and Matty Ramsden, Leblond/Farnier and Gary and Daryl Gibson rounded out the top ten.