TT 2014: Harrison and Aylott take victory in drama-filled Sidecar TT

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Conrad Harrison and Mike Aylott have emerged victorious in their first ever Sidecar TT race today, surviving to the end of the race while many of their top rivals were unable to do the same, eventually taking victory from John Holden and Tim Reeves at the flag.

Brothers (and 2013 race winners) Ben and Tom Birchall were the early race leaders, pulling out a gap of four second at the front from the pairing of Holden and Andy Winkle, with 16-time winner Dave Molyneux in third.

However, Molyneux and Patrick Farrance were able to make a huge effort from third to take the lead by the start of the opening lap, as the Birchalls crashed out at Black Dub, both sustaining minor injuries and being airmeded to Noble’s Hospital.

However, the drama was still far from over, and despite a second lap averaging 115.538mph, Molyneux failed to make it to Glen Helen on the final lap, leaving Holden, now developing engine problems, in the lead with Harrison behind.

Harrison and Aylott were able to make the most of their comepitiors problems, pulling out their lead to over seventeen seconds as both Holden and Reeves nursed home broken engines for second and third.

The sidecars will have their second race of the week on Wednesday. For full reaction to all this weekend’s races check out Wednesday June 4th’s Motorcycle News.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer