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TT 2018: Monday Practice – Holden/Cain Head Birchalls In Opening Timed Sidecar Practice

In glorious conditions on the magical Mountain Course roads it was Silicone Engineering Racing’s John Holden/Lee Cain who set the pace in a high quality opening Sidecar practice session of TT 2018.

Holden/Cain’s standing start lap speed of 113.663 mph was more than enough to propel them to the top of the time sheets, as they underlined why they are considered one of a select group of crews who are capable of winning both of next weeks Locate.im Sidecar encounters.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

The Birchall brothers Ben and Tom latest TT expedition began in solid style finishing second quickest, lapping at close to the 111 mph mark with a lap speed of 110.937 mph.

Fellow TT greats Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle (110.508) piloting the Yamaha powered DMR outfit, which has a quite distinctive black, silver livery, finished marginally quicker than rising stars Alan Founds/Jake Lowther (110.338).

Photo by Mark Corlett

Finalising the top six on the practice leader board were Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley (108.851), and the father/daughter team of Tony Baker/Fiona Baker Holden (108.412).

There was disappointment for Carl Cox Motorsport’s Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes, who endured a protracted practice session having stopped on their opening timed lap at the Black Hut.

Full practice results, to follow.

1 John Holden/Lee Cain 113.663
2 Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall 110.937
3 Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle 110.508
4 Alan Founds/Jake Lowther 110.338
5 Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley 108.851
6 Tony Baker/Fiona Baker Milligan 108.412
7 Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney 108.333
8 Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle 106.799
9 Steve Ramsden/Matty Ramsden 105.756
10 Gary Knight/Daniel Evanson 103.511
11 Gordon Shand/Frank Claeys 102.049
12 Craig Melvin/Stuart Christian 101.722
13 Gary Gibson/Daryl Gibson 101.322
14 Andy King/Alun Thomas 101.084
15 Darren Hope/Leonard Bumfrey 100.597
16 Mike Roscher/Shaun Parker 100.001
17 Francois Leblond/Marlene Couillard 99.678
18 John Saunders/James Saunders 99.620
19 Michael Grabmuller/Sebastien Lavorel 99.616
20 Mike Cookson/William Moralee 98.919
21 Roy Tansley/Jason O’Connor 98.190
22 Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde 98.050
23 Kevin Thornton/Dave Dean 97.796
24 Wayne Lockey/Kenny Cole 95.820
25 Nigel Smith/Chris McGahan 95.806
26 John Shipley/Andrew Haynes 95.453
27 Darryl Rayner/Wendy Campbell 94.995
28 Mark Saunders/Karl Schofield 93.161
29 Greg Lambert/Julie Canipa 75.292
30 Estelle Leblond/Melanie Farnier 73.721

Words by Stevie Rial

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