John Holden’s second place finish alongside Lee Cain in Monday afternoon’s opening Locate.im Sidecar race, took his total of TT rostrum finishes to an impressive 20.
Alan Founds doubled yesterday his TT podium finishes tally, whilst team mate, crew member Jake Lowther claimed for the first time a TT affiliated podium finish.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Runaway race victors the Birchall brothers Ben & Tom, are now incredibly just five race wins away from equalling the TT wins record of the legendary Mike Hailwood.
The Birchall’s are also now equal on TT victories with Mick Boddice, Siegfried Schauzu and David Jefferies.
Just 11 driver/passenger partnerships acquired yesterday bronze replica finishes, with the last bronze replica finisher in 11th place being Darren Hope/Paul Bumfrey.
RST Superbike winner Peter Hickman confirmed in the ensuing post race press conference, that he will be piloting again in the Dunlop Senior TT, a Superstock spec BMW, fitted with Superbike parts.
Terming his premier class steed, a hybrid, it’s going to be interesting to see whether the decision to stick with stock spec machinery, proves fruitful on Friday, as the Smiths Racing racer bids to join a select group of competitors to have won back to back Senior TT’s.
14 racers, 22 racers respectively secured silver, bronze replica finishes, following the weather curtailed opening Monster Energy Supersport race, which saw Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston complete International Road Racing’s ‘Triple Crown’, North West 200, Ulster GP and TT victories.
Gallant runner up behind good friend Johnston, James Hillier maintained his record of securing at least one TT podium finish at each TT meeting since 2012.
38th place finisher last evening, lead newcomer Ray Casey, finished just under 12 seconds off acquiring a bronze replica trophy.
Fellow Mountain Course debutant David Datzer, who finished the 48th and final finisher, was delighted to complete his first TT affiliated race.
Speaking via Facebook, the talented German racer stated:
“Yes we did it! The first Supersport race last night at 18:30 is completed! We were able to finish in 48th place out of 67 started riders, after 2 laps! A great result.
I lapped from a standing start at 110.39 mph, unfortunately after 2 of the 4 laps the rain started to emerge! But we are at the finish. Thanks to the team and all the helpers.”
Words by Stevie Rial