RR »

TT 2015: Birchalls double up, Molyneux sets record

Ben and Tom Birchall bag Sidecar double at the Isle of Man TT as 17-times winner Dave Molyneux smashes eight-year-old lap record on pulsating final lap.
Ben and Tim Birchall wrapped up a popular double in the Sidecar races at the Isle of Man TT as Dave Molyneux broke the eight-year-old lap record for the class.

Winning in a new race record time, the Birchall brothers defeated Molyneux and passenger Ben Binns by seven seconds with John Holden and Dan Sayle coming home in third.

Molyneux's new lap record was set on the third and final lap of 116.785mph, taking over the record set by Nick Crowe and Dan Sayle in 2007.

The Birchalls - who were ruled out of the TT last year after a crash at the Black Dub in the first race - grabbed the lead from the outset, leading Holden and Sayle by two seconds at Glen Helen with Molyneux and Binns a further two seconds back.

Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance were only 1.5s behind in fourth as Conrad Harrison and Mike Aylott and Ian and Carl Bell completed the top six.

With glorious conditions all round the Mountain Course, the Birchalls' lead was up to 2.5s at Ramsey with the top three remaining in the same order, but Reeves/Farrance were reported as having retired at Glen Auldyn.

An opening lap of 115.549mph gave the Birchalls a 3.4s lead of Molyneux/Binns with Holden/Sayle still in third. Reeves' retirement promoted Harrison/Aylott up to fourth with the Bells now fifth and Gary Bryan/Jamie Winn. However, the latter pulled in to the pits to retire with Winn having lost his visor over the Mountain.

It was clear the race was going to be a record-breaking occasion with all three leading crews setting 116mph laps second time around, with the Birchalls only two seconds outside Crowe's record.

Their lead now stood at 7.6s with Holden only 3.7s adrift in third. Harrison and Bell remained in fourth and fifth.

The Birchalls and Molyneux practically matched each other the whole way round the lap, the gap between the two hovering around the seven second mark and as they came along Glencrutchery Road for the final time, it was the Birchalls who came out on top to seal their third TT win in total by seven seconds and breaking their two-day-old race record.

They smashed Crowe's lap record with a speed of 116.783mph but Molyneux was a fraction quicker at 116.785 as the 17-times winner reclaimed the record he last held in 2006.

Holden/Sayle came home in third for their second podium of the week, while Harrison/Aylott and the Bells had relatively lonely drives into fourth and fifth respectively.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Ben and Tom Birchall at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.
Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Daley Mathison were the top three in the SES TT Zero race.
Bruce Anstey won the SES TT Zero race on the Mugen.

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.