TT 2016: Holden and Winkle win dramatic Sidecar TT

John Holden and Andy Winkle

John Holden and Andy Winkle

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John Holden and Andrew Winkle won a dramatic first Sure Sidecar TT of the week on Saturday afternoon.

Ben and Tom Birchall had looked to be cruising to an impressive victory after claiming a new outright lap record of 116.798mph (19 minutes 22.928 seconds) on the second circuit of the three-lap race. However, when holding a 34-second lead, the Mansfield pair were forced to retire at Sulby Crossroads on the last lap.

This left the door open for and Holden/Winkle to claim a second TT win ahead of first-time podium finishers - bothers Peter and Alan Founds with newcomer passengers Jevan Walmsley and Finn Aki Aalto.

Holden and Winkle had led the race when it began at 2pm only for it to be red flagged after an incident at Rhencullen on the first lap.

The race was re-run at 4pm with the Birchalls setting the pace from the off.

With Manx pair Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle unable to start because of a technical issue, Holden and Winkle slotted into second with Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance and Ian and Carl enjoying a ding-dong battle for third.

Problems struck the latter pairing on the second lap and they were forced to stop and make adjustments at Barregarrow crossroads.

Reeves and Farrance did their best to hold onto third from Founds and newcomer passenger Walmsley, but they were forced to retire their misfiring Honda outfit at Glen Duff on the last lap.

With the Birchalls also retiring, Founds/Walmsley found themselves up to second with Founds/Aalto slotting into third ahead of Steve and Matty Ramsden.

Fifth were Matt Dix and Shaun Parker, with Wayne Lockley and Mark Sayers rounding out the top six.

Manx pair Karl Bennett and Lee Cain were forced to retire at Sulby crossroads on lap one when in sixth. Fellow Manxies Darren Hope and Paul Bumfrey finished 10th.

Full report, results, reaction and photos in issue two of TT News - on sale Sunday.

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