IOM: Sidecar race one TT 2016 – Holden & Winkle prosper in race of attrition

IOM: Sidecar race one TT 2016 – Holden & Winkle prosper in race of attrition
John Holden and Andy Winkle on their way to a race one win

John Holden and Andy Winkle on their way to a race one win

With another fantastic line up of World Champions, British Champions and Isle of Man winners the two 2016 Isle of Man sidecar races promised to be one the most eagerly awaited races of this year’s festival.

With glorious weather throughout the practice week all the teams had managed to complete a good number of laps which gave them the opportunity to check all was in working order for the gruelling three laps around this 37 mile circuit. John Holden and Andy Winkle by the last practice were the pace setters with a 115.349 mph lap with the likes of Ben and Tom Birchall, Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance, Isle of Man pair Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle not that far behind so the scene was set for the Saturday’s first race.

With 17 times Sidecar TT winner and home favorite Dave Molyneux and passenger Dan Sayle non-starters after a problematic qualifying week, the Birchalls were first to leave the line shortly after 4pm. The race was delayed after lap one when race was red flagged following an incident at Rhencullen. The Birchalls led at Glen Helen first time around, 1.3 seconds clear of John Holden and Andy Winkle. Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance were only a tenth further back in third with father and son team of Ian and Carl Bell in fourth from Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley and Isle of Man pairing of Karl Bennett and Lee Cain.

By Ramsey, the Birchalls had added a further second to their lead. Reeves and Farrance had dropped seven seconds to Holden and Winkle and seemed to be without the pace to challenge the front two. Indeed, they slipped back to fourth behind the Bells at the Bungalow. Another team in trouble were Bennett and Cain who retired at Sulby Crossroads.

An opening lap of 115.543mph gave the Birchalls a significant advantage of 8.1 seconds over Holden and Winkle and Reeves and Farrance, who had reclaimed third from the Bells, although it was tight with just half a second separating them. Pete Founds and Walmsley were still in fifth with brother Alan moving up to sixth.

The first seven crews were all over 110mph but at the front of the field the Birchalls were pressing home their advantage. By Glen Helen on lap two their lead had increased slightly to 9.2 seconds. The Bells were now back up to third and, although they were 17 seconds behind Holden, the Bedlington based pair had edged away from Reeves and Farrance, with the difference now 4.3 seconds.

A second lap of 116.798mph saw a new lap record set by the flying Birchalls and the gap between them and Holden and Winkle grow to 24 seconds. The Bells were another team out of luck having stopped at Barregarrow Crossroads to make adjustments. That promoted Reeves and Farrance back up to third as Pete Founds and Walmsley closed to within 0.7 seconds of the former winners. Alan Founds & Aki Alto, Matt Dix & Shaun Parker now occupying the remaining top six places.

With first and second places now seemingly secure, all eyes turned to the battle for third and, sure enough, Pete Founds and Walmsley had moved into the final podium spot at Glen Helen albeit by just half a second from Matt Dix and Shaun Parker.

However, there was drama on the final lap and after passing through Ballaugh with a 34 second lead, the Birchalls retired soon after at Sulby Crossroads promoting Holden and Winkle back into the lead. Soon after this, Reeves and Farrance were also out having stopped at Glen Duff with an engine misfire problem.

It all meant Holden and Winkle came home for their second TT win, their first since 2011 with the Founds brothers, Peter and Alan, claiming their maiden podiums with Jevan Walmsley and Aki Alto in their respective chairs.

Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley taking second step on the podium in race one

Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley taking second step on the podium in race one

In a race of high attrition, another father and son team of Steve and Matty Ramsden secured their best ever position in fourth as Dix and Parker and Wayne Lockey and Mark Sayers completed the top six, all three crews setting their best ever laps. For the Ramsdens, a final lap of 111.387mph was their first above 110mph.

There were also impressive performances from newcomers Mick Alton and Chrissy Clancy and Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Rosney, the duo finishing in 13th and 14th place. Alton set the best lap by a newcomer driver with a speed of 108.008mph.

At the post race press conference all six men were in high spirits. Alan Founds said “ This was unexpected. The bike wasn’t running that well, we were over geared and had to use fifth gear on the bends and were losing out on the straights. It’s a dream we had a five year plan and to be sat here after three years is brilliant.” Aki added “I wasn’t expecting this, everything came together and I’m really happy to be on the podium.”

Pete Founds said “We raced at our own pace. We had loads of practice laps and just did what we had to do without getting too involved with other teams out there. We have a few changes to make for the second race but to get second is amazing.” Jevan added “This is brilliant we took it steady and got on the podium. We have had great form in the British Championship and it’s working here.”

The winners were also in a buoyant mood. John said “We had no answer to Ben and Tom (Birchall) on their second lap. We just kept going and couldn’t do much about them. We were lucky but you’ve got to finish to win it. Not bad a 59 year old bloke winning the TT. “

Andy also added “Last year I was injured and hated walking around here. I went to France with John testing on the bike in March and knew I could do this again. We’re like an old married couple having been together for ten years and to win a second title is just great.”

Alan Founds and  Aki Aalto rounding out the podiums in third place in race one

Alan Founds and Aki Aalto rounding out the podiums in third place in race one












Sadly the first lap incident took the life of the very popular 27 year old Dwight Beare from Melbourne in Australia. His Isle of Man passenger Benjamin Binns sustained a broken ankle and is in a stable condition. Dwight had based himself on the Isle of Man during the last few years to compete in the TT and the British F2 Championship. He will be sorely missed by his fellow competitors. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Report – John Mushet

Images – Glynne Lewis


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Meet Yan Ting - an F1 volunteer in Singapore for ten years 😊

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Heck I'd volunteer as well. So you don't get paid with money. You get paid with the excitement of being part of the greatest sport and just plain fun.

I would volunteer... What a privilege to be a part of this amazing sport and to have the chance to get so close to the action. Everyone appreciates all of the hard work they do in all weathers and if they didn't love it they wouldn't do it... Thanks to everyone who helps to keep the sport that I love going ❤️🏁🏁🏁

Considering the volume of comments complaining they don’t get paid you don’t hear volunteers complaining. They do it for the love of Motorsport and the chance in some small way to be involved. Not everything has to be about money!

I just don't get it. F1 is a multi million if not billion £ business. So why don't theses fantastic people get paid? Without them there would be no F1. Don't treat people's passion as an excuse to use and not pay them for their very important work. Am I wrong?

Singapore F1 has the greatest staff & so friendly

The very fact that F1 moves so many millions, and there are unpaid volunteers workers sickens me to be honest. Selling people the idea that by volunteering, they are doing good, they have a super opportunity, post their face on social media, making them feel special, and saving yourself the wagesnin the process sickens me.I love watching the races, the tech etc, but F1 shame on you. I'm pretty sure there is no one in the F1 scene short of a few quid, and I'm pretty sure that some of these volunteers would most definitely appreciate the money as well as the chance to work on the circuit. Everything isn't about the money unless your a capitalist company making money off the backs of others. Shame on you f1

For everyone complaining about the free labor. Its VOLUNTEER work not like it's against anyone's will. Secondly volunteer for a race sometime and you will understand the point. I volunteer for the pikes peak hill climb every year. I get to experience a badass event for a little work while others are paying $180+ for the same experience. A little free work is well worth it.

Why are people complaining about money? They are volunteers not slave. I volunteered at the Montreal tennis tournament for over 10 years. Doing office work. I got to watch all the matches for free and got to meet/talk to all kinds of players like Agassi, Graf, Hingis and Federer. It was fun. I’m guessing the people volunteering at the race gets to watch F1 for free and see/hear the cars up close. For any race fan that is just priceless.

It is impossible to not get paid, unless you do work for a non profit organization. I'm very sure the "volunteer" name is just that, a name, I refuse to believe F1 is exploiting human workforce to save some bucks.

I'd bang Yan Ting I'd have her panting #yeahman

I agree...why can’t F1 pay these people. We lost one volunteer due to an accident at the Montreal F1 a few years ago. Is it worth volunteering for nothing and risking your life?

Why does F1 even need volunteers when you are willing to spend endless piles of money on everything else? Props to the people who do it but when you charge 5k for Paddock Club tickets it seems to me you could do with paying all these wonderful people for their work...

Singapore GP is the best one I have been to. Vietnam is next on my list as I have fancied a holiday there for a while but will take me a few years to save enough money.

Why is everyone so outraged that the volunteers don’t get paid? People travel all over the world for some events and this is something they’re willing to do as a hobby/do it in their spare time. I’ve been doing it for a year now and did this years Singapore Grand Prix. I would always volunteer to do this as it is an absolute privilege to be officiating at such an awesome event. The organisers always look after us so well with meals and nice souvenirs. So for those that are outraged by it. Maybe you should come join us sometime.

She speaks pretty well. Of course her accent is really hearable, but her grammar is on a high level!

With the money the sport brings in they should be payed.

Those idiots that run F1 should pay these people, sky and channel 4 pay their team money.. loads I imagine.. probably don’t get even a Christmas box

Do they get paid for their work? because the tickets are very expensive

More on these behind the scenes people they're also very important 😎

Really enjoyed my days in timing and scoring.

That’s amazing! So jealous she gets to work on track !

I wonder why no one sponsors them.🤔. Plenty of space for logos on their overalls. Might earn themselves a few quid too.

Many people asked ...."Why do you still officiate/volunteer? .. Do they pay you? "......If you have to ask, you simply won’t understand

Nice one for a toughest race in F1

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I cant wait to see what the new honda will look like....

Unfortunately in Brazil we will not be able to see this top bike this year, the closed TV channel that was broadcasting did not renew and we ended up staying at a loss !!! Too bad for Moto Gp lovers in Brazil, last year without a super bike and this year without a Moto Gp !!! What the hell!!!

Je ne trouve pas qu il y est de grand changement une écriture en noir a la place du blanc . Ducati fait du Honda . Les couleur de pramac était belle

Killer look! Love it! 😎 great job! It has been the most 'non traditional looking' bike and it's getting more and more different and high tech looking.

Great looking bike, a pity you don't have a rider to exploit its full potential. Jack Miller would fill that requirement perfectly.

Amazing, Ducati fan here but hope we have a good season this year. Im more on, close competition and pushing the skill and other bikes to the limits. That's more exciting keeping my *ss on my couch.

Awesome lookin bikes, Hope their up the pointy end more often but with 43 on the front 🇦🇺

Looks more WSB than Moto gp. Sponsors looking crowded and messy. Also needs more white. Just my opinion but it's a shame as it used to be the best looking bike and the best colour.

A top innovative team with mediocre riders. Always poor rider choices who can win few races but not championship. Give this bike to Bagnaia/Miller and see the magic. The biggest mistake was getting rid of Lorenzo.

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Look great but I don’t think the 2 of them together can catch. 93

Ducats is under VW motors so it's Germany machine & Italian passion design qual to super straight line speed, hopefully they worked on the cornering speed so well

Looking forward to the Honda v Ducati battle again.Amazing to watch,great TV.

So looking forward to the start of the new season 😁😁

Bikes look amazing...So do the performance....Pity that Ducati doesn't have a championship winning rider...🤕🤕..

It’s the same as last year, the year before, and every other year.

Red and white has become red and black really. I don't like the tail section, it can be more sleeker.

Seems like same old powerfull duacti with heavy body no agility lyk yamaha and straight line speed lyk honda. Remembering 2007 stoners ducati.

Cazzuti quest anno su, la più bella degli ultimi anni

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Linda che, aunqe para mi nunca superara en el aspecto visual a la gp7 u 8

Bonsoir je voudrais savoir si le Moto GP est toujours diffusé sur Canal+ cette année

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Alot of ups and downs this year but definitely a great year watching from the couch! Want to thank my sponsor lazy boy 🤣

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