ISLE OF MAN – Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance won the second Sure Sidecar TT race on Thursday afternoon during the Isle of Man TT, Molyneux claiming his 17th victory in the process after John Holden and Andy Winkle ran into problems at mid-race.
Molyneux and Farrance found themselves almost 18 seconds behind at Ramsey on the second lap but then Holden started to experience problems and they eventually slipped back to third with Sure Sidecar Race 1 winners Conrad Harrison and Mike Aylott taking second, the result seeing them claim the overall RAC TT Championship.
After a two-hour delay, the field were finally set off on the Mountain Course with warnings about damp patches at Ballaspur, the 13th Milestone, Ramsey Hairpin to the Waterworks, and the Nook through to Governor’s Bridge.
Holden and Winkle had taken an early lead through Glen Helen on the opening lap with Harrison and Aylott two seconds behind and Molyneuxand Farrance a further 4.7 seconds in arrears in third. Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze hopes of challenging for the win already seemed over as they were almost ten seconds behind the flying Holden and Winkle.
By Ramsey, Holdenand and Winkle had extended their lead and the Lancastrian pairing were pressing home their advantage all round the first lap, breaking the timing beam at 113.253 mph as they flashed through the Grandstand on the opening lap. Their lead stood at a healthy 13.6 seconds although Molyneux and Farrance were now in second some 2.2 seconds clear of Harrisonand Aylott. Reeves and Cluze were holding their place in fourth with Ian and Carl Bell going well in fifth ahead of the local pairing of Karl Bennett and Lee Cain.
On the second lap, Holdenand Winkle continued their pursuit of glory and they took more time out of Molyneux and Farrance who continued to lead on the roads. The gap had increased to 16.2 seconds at Glen Helen with a further 1.2s on the run to Ramsey. Sixteen-time winner Molyneux though was increasing his advantage over third placed Harrison and Aylott with the English duo doing likewise to Reeves and Cluze.