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Birchall brothers victorious again to extend Sidecar TT winning streak

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Ben and Tom Birchall maintained their exceptional record at the Isle of Man TT by completing their second Sidecar TT victory of the week, extending their seven-year winning streak.

Having emerged as the dominant force in Sidecar racing on the Manx Island upon scoring their first win in 2013, the Birchalls' latest success sees their career tally rise to 14 TT wins. It also marks their tenth straight Sidecar TT victory in an unbroken streak that stretches back to 2016.

After making history in Saturday's first Sidecar TT race by becoming the first pairing to clock a lap of the Mountain Course that exceeds 120mph, the Birchalls - riding the Wyckham Blackwell LCR Honda - set another new standard with a 120.645mph effort.


Even so, though the pair led from the first sector at Glen Helen, all the way to the flag, they were still made to work hard for their success, with Peter Founds and Jean Walmsley serving up some stiff opposition on the FHO Racing LCR Honda.

Establishing a three second lead initially, the Birchalls could only add incremental gains on Founds and Walmsley at the ensuing splits. However, while it meant they couldn't rest on their laurels, it would eventually put air between them to enter the final lap +11secs in front.

It would prove comfortable enough for the Birchalls to round home for a victory that places them joint sixth on the all-time TT winners list. They are now three shy of matching the all-time TT win record holder for Sidecars, Dave Molyneux.

Though forced to settle for second place once more, Founds and Walmsley can take pride from also cracking the 120mph barrier on the final lap, their 120.079mph effort helping them close the gap at the flag to just over +9secs.

More than +47secs adrift of the runners-up spot, Ryan Crowe and Callum Crowe bounced back from their DNF in race one to complete the podium in third place, while Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes also put their Saturday disappointment behind them for fourth.

The Ramadans - Steve and Matthew chased home in fifth place, with race one podium winners John Holden and Maxime Vasseur settling for sixth on this occasion


2023 Isle of Man TT - Sidecar TT Race 2 Results [Wednesday 07-06-2023]
1Ben BirchallTom BirchallWyckham Blackwell LCR Honda
2Peter FoundsJevan WalmsleyFHO RacingLCR Honda
3Ryan CroweCallum CroweHaven HomesLCR Honda
4Tim ReevesMark WilkesBonovo Action RacingLCR Yamaha
5Steve RamsdenMatthew RamsdenRamsden RacingLCR Honda
6John HoldenMaxime VasseurBarnes Racing LCR Yamaha
7Gary BryanPhillip HydeSWC Groundworks Baker Honda
8Greg LambertAndrew HaynesK&P CharltonLCR Honda
9Wayne LockeyMatthew RostronDirty Weekender VansLCR Honda
10John SaundersJames Saunders
11Alan FoundsColin SmythSpartan AutomotiveLCR Yamaha
12Shaun ChandlerBen ChandlerWhite Rose RacingCES Honda
13Mike JacksonJake RobertsAV Craine & SonsDMR Suzuki
14Derek LynchAnthony McDonnellEclipse RacingDMR Suzuki
15Andy KingAndrew Sigsworth
16Bruce MooreMark GashLBS RDC MDKIreson Honda
DNFMichael RussellVicky CookeRAM Safety SolutionsLCR Suzuki
DNFDan KnightBen HughesGreen Ant RacingLCR Honda
DNFDave MolyneuxDan SayleKEL PropertiesDMR KTM
DNFAlun ThomasKenny ColePsycho Motorcycle CustomsIreson Honda
DNFDarren HopeLenny BumfreyHope/Bumfrey RacingLCR Honda
DNFConrad HarrisonAndrew WinkleTown GarageIreson Yamaha
DNFDaryl GibsonTom ChristieGDM MaintenanceCES Suzuki
DNFCraig MelvinStuart ChristianIoM Trike ToursLCR Suzuki
DNSDave QuirkKarl SchofieldAuthor JC WilliamsIreson Suzuki
DNSTerry O'ReillyLiam GordonCosmic RacingLCR Suzuki
DNSRob HandcockWilliam Moralee
DNSJohn ShipleyJody JamesShipley JamesLCR Suzuki

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