Reeves/Farrance close the gap on Holden/Winkle

Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance going through Sarah's Cottage during Wednesday's sidecar TT practice session (Photo: Ciaran Broad)

Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance going through Sarah's Cottage during Wednesday's sidecar TT practice session (Photo: Ciaran Broad)

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John Holden/Andy Winkle continued their dominant form in the TT sidecar qualifying on Wednesday evening, although Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance were able to close the gap with their fastest effort of the week so far.

Both Reeves/Farrance and Ben and Tom Birchall had relatively slow opening laps while Dave Molyneux was reported as having stopped at Sulby Bridge where he and Dan Sayle were making adjustments.

Holden/Winkle were back first with a lap of 113.191mph, slightly quicker than their lap on Tuesday night, and they were fastest from Ian and Carl Bell who were again showing well at 112.113mph.

Alan Founds/Aki Aalto were the only other outfit to break the 110mph barrier with a speed of 111.300mph, although Conrad Harrison/Jason Crowe edged closer at 109.002mph.

Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley again showed some good form at 109.219mph but Reeves/Farrance completed their opening lap at 102.710mph, carrying on straight through for a second lap while the Birchalls opened with 99.263mph.

Newcomers Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney were flying, upping their speed to an impressive 104.014mph but Reeves/Farrance had clearly used their first lap to ease themselves back in and second time around, they upped their pace considerably to 113.735mph.

However, it wasn’t quite enough to knock Holden/Winkle off the top spot as their second lap was the quickest of the week at 113.955mph. The Birchalls also put themselves contention for Saturday’s opening Sure Sidecar Race and slotted into third on the leaderboard after a lap of 113.514mph, with just four and a half seconds covering the top three.

The Bells’ second lap was slightly quicker at 112.240mph while Founds/Walmsley posted their first ever 110mph-plus lap, albeit unofficially, after lapping at 110.434mph. Wayne Lockey/Mark Sayers just missed out but 109.810mph was still their best of the week.

Aalto, passenger to Founds, was reported to have been hit by a piece of fairing debris but was reviewed by the doctor at the scene and assessed not to have received any injuries.

Conrad Harrison is rumoured to be on the lookout for his third passenger of the week, after Dean Kilkenny and local Jason Crowe were both forced to withdraw from this year’s races.

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