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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Less than ecstatic after the race 👊

P2 for Marc Márquez on the day but P1 in the championship 💪

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Amazing race by amazing pilots.

I love the whole sportsman ships these racers have for each other, 1 of the reasons to love Motogp ❤

The only time he talks about how good points are for the championship is when he loses in a race for 1st place

What a fantastic young man. So sad that some supposed MotoGP fans can't see beyond their hateful bias against him. Ultimately blamed himself for making a mistake on the last corner, acknowledged Rins race craft for remaining in second, and disappointed that Dovi crashed out - what more do you want?

Congrats MM u did very well fighting off Rins but at the end Rins was the winner. Well deserved win. Lets bounce back with the next race. Sad about Dovi hope he is doing ok.

congratulations Alex Rins you made my day

Well done 42 rins ya dancer 😃😃😃💪👍

He seemed ok to me in that interview. Was a great race from start to finish.

One of the best race ever

MM i Love you 💙



Spoilt child. He was at max for too long and wiped out his tyres, whereas Rins never looked anything other than at ease and riding within himself which kept his tyres fresh so he could get drive out of the final corner. Marc shot his tyres hence why he nearly lost it coming through Woodcote and why he had to throttle back and had no traction.

New era god of MotoGP!



Glad to see mm eat some humble pie

Chris Hill

+ 78 campione ✌💪🏁

Bastien Lukasik Maxence Tout Court Bastien Toucour 1.39min " I TRY TO PUSH !!

There are some very bitter Rossi fans on here lol. Shame for Dovi as that's the championship more or less finished for this year.

Il perd le sourire ? 😂

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What a dramatic start we saw at Silverstone! 😱

Thankfully, Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso were able to walk away from this scary crash! 💥

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Hope Dovi will be fine 🤕

That was vicious. No life threatening injuries? Good day. Thank god for quality equipment.

Hope both riders are ok wish them both a speedy recovery

Wishing Dovi a speedy recovery.

Dovi is out of luck this season. So sad to see a competitive rider ruling out of the race.

Absolutely horrific. Was anxious to see if Dovi got up. Thankfully he did. Wishing both riders swift recovery.

I hope Fabio and Dovi are both okay

I was right next to this incident, both Dovi and Fabio were limping as they walked away, hope both are ok, what a fantastic race, Rins and Marc in a dogfight to the end, top day !!

Did anybody know if they have injuries?

Quel dommage pour ces deux superbes pilotes! #20

A very dangerous game yet we love it soooo much. Thanks to all rider who deliver a very competitive race every year. Dovi n Fabio, speed recovery please. I believe anyone who sit on that situation cant avoid hitting the loose bike.

Was scary was right in front of us 😱🏍❤️

Athleticism of MotoGP riders are amazing.. be safe.

Get well soon.. A big thanks to Quart and Dovi, Rossi got the 4th or else he will be 6th 😂

Dovi was lucky to walk away from that .

Hope Dovi is ok and back racing real soon

Dovi lost his memory after the crash.. 😢

I just hope that Dovi is okay that was a terrible thing to watch.

In situations where dovi needs the most points 😱

Never nice to see anyone hit the tarmac that hard. I think it could’ve been a proper scrap at the front if they had both been in the mix

Unlucky that's only an expression thoug ☺ but they're desire a luck to fulfilling their achievement

Why did his bike catch fire, very unusual. Just one of those things.

Any update news from medic about dovi's situation?

The problem started with Rins who had to brake and almost lost The front.

Both walking away? Dovi was on the brancard and in the hospital.

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"I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today" - Alex Rins

Hear his reaction after his impressive last corner win yesterday! 🏆

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Well done for a well deserved win! But to be a real champion, you Need to be the best more consistently.

Rins, you were great, you got everything out of the bike. in the curves you were flying with Suzuki. You are always in our hearts, great champion.

Spectacular effort, congratulations on an awesome win.

A fantastic demonstration of race craft by Rins. A brilliant race. Congratulations.

You are so beautiful, Amy

Well done mate a great ride.

Congratulations to Rins and Suzuki can’t wait to see the Suzuki boys at Phillip island 🌴

A superb race Alex. Once more, Congratulations. You certainly deserve them. A remarkable finish and fight till the finish line. This is what Moto GP should be all about. Great job 😉

A fantastic rider with an amazing machine!!! Congratulations Álex Rins!!!


Congrats Alex!!

Be great to see suzuki up near the top👍. He's a talented rider.

So, MM can be beaten at his own game. Every dog has its day.

Félicitations. Superbe dépassement dans le finish. Moi j'adore le regarder car il a un style de pilotage assez particulier. Il est très droit sur la moto. On a l'impression qu'il force pas. 😁

Good to see marquez not on the top step this time. Congratulations Rins! Shame for Dovi.

One fact he gracefully accepts there are only two legends on the current grid: "I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today"

Credit where it's due, great ride. The Suzuki is where Yamaha should be.


Congratulations Rins👏👏💪

You are amazing and i mean not only as a rider but as a person TODA GAS

Love this guy so honest not like MM93

And the coverage kept showing the yamaha pit why

During the race Rin's was definitely by far the better rider💪🏼+ the bike Suzuki performed well under pressure 🔥..

Yamaha m1, factory team need to replace Rossi, to progress, That's from a top Rossi fan.

Il lui as mis sa dose au Marquez. 2 gp de suite qu'il se fait cramer 😂😂😂 #marqueznecongelepluslecarburant

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I would say Williams for the most reliability and focused pit crew. They're only left to improve on pace.

I'm a Mercedes fan but have to say McLaren have done an amazing job this year considering their performance over the last few years.

McLaren has impressed the most because last season they where horrible and now they are best of the rest. Also Red Bull and Honda seem to be a nice match, would love to see Max finish what Jos started with Honda. Most disappointing this season are Haas and Renault. Renault because they wanted to close the gap to the top 3, but right now they are 6th. And they are the only unreliable engine in the field right now. Haas is having a horrible season, they seem to be getting worse during the season instead of improving.

Good to see that McLaren is performing well. I'm sure the team's ability to improve will be remarkable with every race from now on.

Must say McLaren, with the team spirit that they have, and results they managed to achieve... Definitely my favourites this season.

Williams have had the worst start to an F1 team in history. And I think with their tiny budget and willpower, the amount they’ve improved is impressive. They’re still far behind but I hope to see them fighting for podiums in 2021

If Bruce was still here he would be proud of his team. Mclaren improved the most.

McLaren. Consistent development and improvement over the season so far. Alfa Romeo has been somewhat of a surprise also.

Being on top is one thing but staying at the top is the art of the game. Kudos to Mercedes for getting it right so far.... #WeMakeItLookEasy

Ferrari have been the most impressive, from being the slowest manufacturer in 2014 to being a reasonable threat and smashing McLaren and Williams comprehensibly. McLaren and Williams should just pack their bags and go home, Ferrari have nailed their coffin shut and it can be considered karma for their various indiscretions in 1990 (senna wiping out prost), 1994, 1997 (Villeneuve incident), 1998, 1999, 2007 (spygate), 2008... The British public couldn't care less about McLaren or Williams they only support whatever "British" team is winning, in this case Mercedes

I’m super impressed with Toro Rosso, hard to believe this is the old Minardi team where both their drivers exceeded all expectations!!

Ferrari fan for life, but McLaren have done an incredible job so far, considering how far back they were

Redbull and Honda engineering. The aerodynamic has been sorted and the engine now also reliable. Watch that space, they could challenge for the title next year!

None the sport is finished and I've followed the sport since the early 80s

Mclaren, they have made a huge turn around this season. With andreas seidl at the helm, the only place they re going is up

Hi F1 and fans .... with all the media attention to the envirement and green thinking etc etc etc. Is there a research or developement posted in any magizine about the developemt of how clean the F1 is today. We all know that all top research of F1 is implemented in the modern cars but i like to read how clean F1 is now in 2019 .. 👍

McLaren (and I'm faraway from being a fan! If there was a person I didn't like in Formula 1, that person was Ron Dennis). Anyway I'm glad to see them finally getting together again and mainly without supposed big shot drivers who can't do nothing but complain! Now they need to find a good engine because with Renault it will be near impossible to go any further...

McLaren is the most impressive.. Mercedes just has luck week after week.. Hoping Ferrari will get their things together for the second half..

Red Bull / HONDA‼️ Young Max may be awesome, but so is the way Red Bull has adapted to Honda’s engine. The last 2 years of griping about the Renault power plant is (almost) justified...

Haas, they have surprised me on how bad they are this year. Compared to last year this year has been terrible. They were fighting Renault for top of the mid pack, this year they are fighting for points at all.

And yet no Ferrari or anyone else 1st with the exception of RB. Hybrid era is killing with the beyond dominance of Merc being so far ahead of everyone else’s pace. Some competition would be nice! Don’t give me that bullshit of everyone should bring it to the table, there’s some crazy advantage behind the scene that you Merc fanboys don’t know about. Yawn.

It would be nice to see Mclaren back up there permanently fighting for the title. Always was a fan

the gap between top three teams and the rest is too much

Quite a gap between 3rd and 4th also between 10th and racing cars.

Williams been sandbagging the first half of the season just to give the others a glimp of hope, beast mode on in second half of the season

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