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Sidecar victory for Klaffenbock

The opening sidecar race at the 2010 TT turned the form book upside down and produced one of the most thrilling contests ever.
Despite expectations 14-times TT winner Dave Molyneux would dominate the opening Sidecar race of the 2010 Iisle of Man TT, the form book was turned on its head when delayed racing finally got under way on Saturday evening.

Klaus Klaffenbock and Daniel Sayle won the thrilling by just 2.63 seconds from Moly and passenger Patrick Farrance, with Tim Reeves and Dipash Chauhan overcoming a troublesome practice week to finish third.

Klaffi became the first non-Manxman to win a Sidecar race since 2003 and the first Austrian competitor to win a TT since Rupert Hollaus won the Ultra Lightweight race in 1954. Sayle's presence in the chair ensured the Manx flag was kept flying, though.

Klaffenbock and Sayle got off to a flying start to lead at Glen Helen on the opening lap, but it was close as John Holden and Andy Winkle were only 0.8s adrift.

Molyneux, the pace setter in practice, was back in third 1.4s further back with Simon Neary/Paul Knapton in fourth and Reeves in fifth. Just 5 seconds covered the top five at the end of the first lap.

Klaffenbock and Sayle still led at Ramsey Hairpin and had increased their lead by half a second whilst Molyneux was now a further four seconds back. Reeves had overhauled Neary for fourth with Conrad Harrison/Kerry Williams still holding onto sixth.

Klaffenbock flew over the Mountain and with a lap of 113.886mph, he completed the first lap over six seconds in front of Holden, but Molyneux was closing in, now just 2.2 seconds behind.

Former World Champion Klaffenbock kept the pressure on during lap two and was rewarded with an extended lead when they swept through Glen Helen for the second time, his advantage now up to 7.8 seconds.

Holden too had edged away from Molyneux who was, in turn, coming under pressure from Reeves, another ex-World Champion, the deficit now only two and half seconds.




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