Locate.im Sidecar TT – 2 laps, 75.46 miles

Before the race even started there was drama for up-and-coming pair Ryan and Callum Crowe who didn’t take part in the second sidecar race of the 2019 TT in the cruelest of circumstances. The duo were left scrabbling to get their outfit going in the final minutes before the off with a technical problem. One of the biggest stories of the sidecar racing world so far, it was cruel affectation for the pair to deal with at the most stressful part of racing on The Island.

From the start of the two-lap, no pit-stop, race it was Ben and Tom Birchall away in first spot with John Holden and Lee Cain in second, third off the line was Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes with Alan Founds and Jake Lowther fourth, Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley were the fifth outfit away.

Glen Helen for the first time and the Birchalls, much the favourites going into this race, were indeed in the lead over Holden and Cain – 1.060s was the advantage in the early stages with Founds and Lowther a further 3.718s back.

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Ballaugh Bridge showed that Holden and Cain were pushing though with the second place men pulling back a fraction with now 0.975 splitting the duo and the leading, Birchall-shaped pair. Elsewhere Alan Founds and Jake Lowther were suffering and stopped at Sarah’s Cottage to make adjustments to their outfit.

Found and Walmsley were 10.249s further back in third place but looked comfortable with 6.408s in hand over Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Rosney in fourth.

The 129th sidecar race to take part on the 100 years of the TT existence was starting to turn into another Ben and Tom masterclass and, indeed, at Ramsey the Birchalls were smashing it with a now very serious 2.757s advantage ahead of Holden and Cain. In the run up to The Mountain, Ben and Tom has everything ideal to grow that lead even further.

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