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TT 2018: Holden/Cain Hold Off Birchall Brothers To Top Tuesday Nights Sidecar Practice Session

Silicone Engineering Racing’s John Holden/Lee Cain held off the attentions of the formidable Birchall brothers Ben and Tom as on Monday evening, head tonight’s Sidecar practice challenge.

Holden/Cain’s standing start lap of 115.732 mph gave them a gap of almost six seconds at the top of the time sheets over the Birchall’s who also nudged over the 115 mph mark, lapping at 115.145 mph.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Next up on the time sheets was the Brian Gray Powerbiking duo of Alan Founds/Jake Lowther (113.037), who were only the third crew this evening to lap in excess of the 113 mph mark.

Fellow rising three wheeling Mountain Course stars Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley (112.324) also hugely impressed in finishing fourth quickest whilst Manx TT greats Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle, courtesy of a standing start lap of 111.122 mph finished fifth fastest.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney (110.180), the father daughter pairing of Tony Baker/Fiona Baker Holden (109.999) and former TT champions Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle (109.179) all showed good form, in respectively finishing sixth, seventh and eighth quickest.

Wrapping up the top ten on the practice leader board were the Manx/French pairing of Karl Bennett/Maxime Vasseur (108.931) and perennial Oliver’s Mount front runners, the Ramsdens Steve & Matty (108.888).

Practice results, are as follows:

1 John Holden/Lee Cain 115.732
2 Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall 115.145
3 Alan Founds/Jake Lowther 113.037
4 Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley 112.324
5 Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle 111.122
6 Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney 110.180
7 Tony Baker/Fiona Baker Holden 109.999
8 Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle 109.179
9 Karl Bennett/Maxime Vasseur 108.931
10 Steve Ramsden/Matty Ramsden 108.888
11 Greg Lambert/Julie Canipa 107.640
12 Estelle Leblond/Melanie Farnier 106.584
13 Gordon Shand/Frank Claeys 105.242
14 Howard Baker/Mike Killingsworth 105.142
15 Gary Knight/Daniel Evanson 104.981
16 Craig Melvin/Stuart Christian 103.892
17 Roy Tansley/Jason O’Connor 103.352
18 Andy King/Alun Thomas 103.220
19 Gary Gibson/Daryl Gibson 103.154
20 Mike Cookson/William Moralee 103.031
21 Michael Jackson/Harry Payne 102.983
22 Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde 102.666
23 John Saunders/James Saunders 102.419
24 John Shipley/Andrew Haynes 100.095
25 Kevin Thornton/Dave Dean 99.743
26 Brian Alflatt/Aaron Gorman 96.955
27 Nigel Smith/Chris McGahan 96.800
28 Mark Saunders/Karl Schofield 96.582
29 Darryl Rayner/Wendy Campbell 94.018
30 Paul Leglise/Ben McBride 79.890

Words by Stevie Rial

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