Dave Molyneux clinched his 17th TT win in the rescheduled Sure Sidecar race two on Thursday afternoon.
The Andreas man, with Patrick Farrance as passenger, had to bide his time to overhaul long-time leaders John Holden and Andy Winkle before eventually winning by more than 40 seconds.
Holden/Winkle flew out of the traps and wasted no time in catching Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze on the road to help them open up a narrow 1.9-second lead over Harrison/Aylott, with Moly/Farrance a further 4.7s back in third.
By Ballaugh the leaders had increased their advantage to more than five seconds and, despite Harrison/Aylott going quickest through the Sulby speedtrap, that gap had been extended to a shade under 10 seconds at Ramsey.
Moly mounted his traditional charge over the Mountain to close the gap on second-placed Harrison/Aylott to just 0.627s at Cronk-ny-Mona and, at the end of the opening lap, Holden and Winkle were looking reasonably comfortable 13.8s ahead of the chasing machines.
By the time the sidecars passed through Glen Helen for a second time, Molyneux was up to second and riding hard as he and Farrance attempted to close down Holden and Winkle who were at this point nearly 19 seconds ahead. Gradually the number one DMR machine hauled back the leaders and, by the time they passed the Grandstand to start their final lap, it was clear something was wrong with Holden and Winkle’s machine as their lead was whittled down to just 2.6s at Glen Helen.
Moly/Farrance continued to turn the screw and opened up a commanding 17s advantage by Ballaugh and, as Holden/Winkle struggled, Harrison/Aylott were able to surge into second place by the time they passed through Ramsey for the final time.
This left Moly/Farrance nearly 40 seconds ahead with just the return over the Mountain standing between them and victory.
Banishing memories of the first Sidecar race in which they retired when in the lead, Moly and Farrance safely guided their machine home as they took the chequered flag some 43.9 seconds ahead of Harrison/Aylott to claim Moly’s 17th TT victory.
Holden and Winkle were able to nurse their machine home in third place, just five seconds ahead of Reeves and Cluze, while local outfit Karl Bennett and Lee Cain claimed an impressive fifth place finish.
Full report in Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner
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