Marking the end of an ultra-challenging fortnight for the three-wheeling fraternity, the second two-lap 3Wheeling.Media Sidecar race showcased again the unique qualities, diverse racing acumen that Sidecar exponents possess.
Just under two seconds separated the top three at Glen Helen. Red hot race favourites the Birchall brothers Ben & Tom led by 0.797 of a second, with second held by FHO Racing’s Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley.
At Ballaugh, the Birchall’s upped their race leading advantage to 2.035 seconds over Founds/Walmsley.
Opening Sidecar race runners-up Ryan Crowe/Callum Crowe maintained third, 1.36 behind Founds/Walmsley.
There was a notable early retirement at Ballacraine as former TT winners Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle challenge concluded.
By Ramsey Hairpin, the Birchall’s had opened a 3.5 second lead. Founds/Walmsley, the Crowe’s were separated by only 0.861 of a second.
Just as the race leaders homed in on the Bungalow timing sector, it was revealed that Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau retired at Sulby Bridge.
First on the road, first across the line as lap one was completed was the blistering Birchall brothers, lapping at 117.427 mph.
Five plate holders Founds/Walmsley were next down Glencrutchery Road and were only 2.313 in arrears, race on!
Haven Homes backed Crowe’s occupied third, with fourth held by Sidecar TT legend Dave Molyneux/Beverley’s Daryl Gibson.
Could the Birchalls be defeated for the first-time in eight years?
This seemed unlikely during the early stages of lap two, with the Haith Honda pair moving 6.6 seconds clear at Glen Helen.
Just after leading crews made it to Ballaugh Bridge, red flags arose around the Mountain Course, following the tragic incident at Ago’s Leap.
Organisers elected to declare the race result after lap one meaning race victory for the Birchall’s, second going to Founds/Walmsley and third going to the Crowe’s.
TT 2022 – 3Wheeling.Media Sidecar race 2 result, reads as follows:
1st – Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall
2nd – Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley
3rd – Ryan Crowe/Callum Crowe
4th – Dave Molyneux/Daryl Gibson
5th – Harry Payne/Mark Wilkes
6th – Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie
7th – Paul Leglise/Melanie Farnier
8th – Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde
9th – Gary Gibson/Tom Christie
10th – Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney
11th – Estelle Leblond/Clement Carre
12th – Greg Lambert/Ben McBride
13th – Wayne Lockey/Matty Rostron
14th – Roger Stockton/Bradley Stockton
15th – John Saunders/James Saunders
16th – Steve Ramsden/Matty Ramsden
17th – Rob Handcock/Liam Gordon
18th – Andy King/Andrew Sigsworth
19th – Gordon Shand/Frank Claeys
20th – Michael Russell/Freddy Lelubez
21st – Bruce Moore/Ashley Moore
22nd – Alun Thomas/Kenny Cole
23rd – Shaun Chandler/Ben Chandler
24th – Maria Costello MBE/Vicky Cooke
25th – Dave Quirk/Karl Schofield
26th – John Shipley/Mark Gash
27th – Goulven Crochemore/Marlene Lelubez
28th – Craig Currie/Justin Sharp
Photo credit: Mark Corlett
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou