The brothers Birchall won their fifth Isle of Man TT race, completing the 2017 Sidecar TT Race 1 with a time of 59:31.967. Though rider Ben Birchall and passenger Tom Birchall were seven seconds short of their own race record, they did set a new sidecar lap record with a time of 19:19.746 on their second lap.
The Birchalls were quick from the start, taking a 3.4 second lead by Glen Helen ahead of John Holden and Lee Cain with 17-time TT winner Dave Molyneux and his passenger Daniel Sayle in third. The Birchalls continued to stretch their lead on the first lap, growing it to 12 seconds as they started their second time around the Mountain Course.
They did not let up on the second lap, setting the new sidecar lap record, averaging a speed of 117.119 mph, the first time a sidecar surpassed the 117 mph mark in a single lap in the TT. Holden and Cain remained in second, 25 seconds back with Molyneux and Sayle another 9.26 seconds in arrears.
As rain clouds gathered, the Birchalls completed their third and final lap, finishing 25.669 seconds faster than Holden and Cain. Sayle and Molyneux, with his 30th TT podium, finished third.
|2017 Isle of Man TT: Sure Sidecar TT 1 Top Five Results|
|1||Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall||LCR/IEG Racing||58:31.967||116.027 mph|
|2||John Holden/Lee Cain||Honda/Silicone Engineering/Barnes Racing||58:57.636||115.185 mph|
|3||Dave Molyneux/Daniel Sayle||Yamaha/DMR/A&J Racing||59:16.353||114.579 mph|
|4||Alan Founds/Jake Lowther||Yamaha/Brian Gray Powerbiking||59:16.353||114.579 mph|
|5||Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes||Honda/Klaffi Racing||59:36.012||113.949 mph|