Finishing third in Road Racing News top three Sidecar roads teams of 2019 is, the experienced, youthful duo of John Holden/Lee Cain.
Established amongst the highest echelon of driver/passenger partnerships, Holden and Cain as in 2018 enjoyed this year another highly productive Manx roads tenure.
Piloting the slick, well turned out Honda powered Silicone Barnes Racing backed outfit, practice week at TT 2019 as for all competitors proved challenging, protracted.
Race week began with Holden/Cain putting up a spirited fight to the blistering Birchall brothers, in the opening Locate.im Sidecar race.
Ultimately over forty five seconds behind the on top form Mansfield pair, the Silicone Engineering Racing duo were philosophical in defeat, taking the positives rather than negatives from the three lap encounter.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
The second Locate.im Sidecar race reduced in distance to just two laps, moved forward to Thursday of race week, would yield another runner-up placing.
Unable to match the pace of the on another planet Birchall brothers, Holden/Cain had to settle for a sixth successive second place finish to their fellow Honda powered competitors.
Magnanimous again in defeat, their impressive Mountain Course endeavours didn’t go not noticed from astute roads aficionados, who via social media heaped plaudits a plenty onto them.
Following another productive TT tenure, attentions roads wise for Holden/Cain moved towards the hugely popular Southern 100.
Fourth within the Ace Hire Sidecar encounter, the showpiece Championship race saw them come agonisingly close to clinching a second ‘Friendly Races’ Championship crown.
After six thrilling laps of the much loved Billown course, Holden/Cain placed second finishing just over 0.13 behind first time Championship winners Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley.
Always in contention for victories, podium finishes, Holden/Cain rank unquestionably alongside the most competitive, respected, successful driver/passenger partnerships of recent times.
It remains to be seen as to whether they will be joining forces again next year for TT 2019, which marks 32 years since veteran driver Holden first sampled the fabled, mythical Mountain Course.
Words by Stevie Rial