Brothers Ben and Tom Birchall rebounded from a disappointing finish to the first Sure Sidecar race with a solid victory in their second race of the 2013 Isle of Man TT.
The Birchall brothers had the early lead in the first race but were forced to retire on the first lap after puncturing a tire. Their second race went much better however, as they led from start to finish for their first ever win at the Isle of Man.
Riding their LCR Honda sidecar, the Birchalls set a first lap time of 19:46.370, nearly 11 seconds faster than Race 1 winners Tim Reeves and Daniel Sayle. The Birchalls increased their lead on the second lap and this time it was Reeves and Sayle who were forced to retire while sitting in second. That promoted the duo of Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance to second, though more than 16 seconds behind the Birchall team after two laps.
The Birchall brothers maintained their momentum on the third and final lap, again posting an average speed faster than 114 mph to seal the win. Molyneux and Farrance finished second about 17 seconds slower than the Birchalls while Conrad Harrison and Mike Aylott another 22 seconds behind for third place.
|Isle of Man TT 2013: Sure Sidecar 1 Top Five Finishers|
|1||Ben Birchall / Tom Birchall||Hanni LCR||59:22.340||114.387 mph|
|2||Dave Molyneux / Patrick Farrance||DMR||59:39.692||113.832 mph|
|3||Conrad Harrison / Mike Aylott||Shelborne Honda||1:00:01.445||113.145 mph|
|4||John Holden / Andrew Winkle||LCR / Barnes Racing||1:00:31.976||112.193 mph|
|5||Gary Bryan / Jamie Winn||Baker Honda||1:01:51.637||109.786 mph|