DAVE Molyneux secured his 15th win at the Isle of Man TT on Saturday afternoon when the Manxman held off the spirited challenge of Ben and Tom Birchall in the Sure-sponsored Sidecar Race One.
Having returned to the TT following a 15-month sabbatical - last racing in 2009 with passenger Patrick Farrance - the duo teamed up again and led from start to finish in the first three-lap Sidecar race of the week.
By the first time check at Glen Helen on lap one, Moly and Farrance had opened up a 2.58-second lead over the LCR Honda-mounted Birchall brothers and, despite the latter going fastest through the Sulby speedtrap at 142.2mph, that lead was increased to 13.96 by the end of the first lap.
The race continued in much the same vein in the second and, by the time they passed the Grandstand again, Moly and Farrance had opened up a comfortable 29.46s advantage over the Birchalls.
The Nottingham-based brothers, though, refused to give up and pulled the gap right down to 17.50s by Ramsey on the third and final lap, prompting concerns of mechanical problems with Moly’s machine.
However, any such worries were quickly banished as the Manxman increased the gap again over the final few sections and crossed the finishline to win by 22.34 seconds ahead of the Birchalls, claiming Farrance’s and Kawasaki’s first win at the TT in the process.
Conrad Harrison with Mike Aylott and Gary Bryan with Jamie Winn enjoyed a good battle early on for the final step on the podium early on but it was Shelbourne Honda-mounted Harrison and Aylott who eventually claimed third by a comfortable margin.
Full report in TT News in shops Sunday morning.