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SIDECAR TOP 10 ANNOUNCED - Malcolm - 01-04-2022

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Ben and Tom Birchall will head away first as they look to break the 120mph barrier…


With the Superbike, Senior, and Supersport start numbers already revealed for the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races, today the top 10 drivers and passengers for the two Sidecar Races have been announced.

It’s as-you-were at number 1, with Ben and Tom Birchall once again leading the charge on their Haith Honda. With ten wins already to their name, they’re hot favourites to increase that tally in June and, perhaps, also set the first ever three-wheel 120mph lap of the TT Mountain Course.

Ten seconds later, regular rival John Holden will get his race underway but the Barnes Racing veteran has switched from Honda to Yamaha power whilst he’s also joined by TT debutante, Jason Pitt.

The same applies to 2013 winner Tim Reeves at number 3, who also has a newcomer alongside him on the Rich Energy Bonovo Action Yamaha, Frenchman Kevin Rousseau.

Behind them will come 17-time winner Dave Molyneux, one of the drivers to take advantage of the new rules that will allow 900cc parallel twins to compete. He’ll be on board the 890cc DMR KTM with new passenger Daryl Gibson.

At number 5 are regular podium contenders Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley on board their FHO Racing outfit; competing under the same banner as Peter Hickman as team owner Faye Ho ventures into the sidecar world for the first time.

Founds will have brother Alan breathing down his neck at number 6 on the Spartan Automotive/Indelible Ink Yamaha. He’ll also have his regular passenger, Jake Lowther, in the chair.

Next to mount their challenge will be hot prospects and the sensations of 2019, Ryan and Callum Crowe. Winners of the 2019 RST Stars of Tomorrow Award, the Crowe’s will be backed by Haven Homes but have switched from the three-cylinder Triumph engine to four-cylinder Honda power.

Exciting newcomers Lee Crawford and Harry Payne start at numbers 12 and 15 where there’ll be partnered by Scott Hardie and Mark Wilkes respectively. Leading female contender Estelle Leblond and passenger Clement Carre go between them at number 14.

Further down the order, Michael Russell starts at 27 as he makes his three-wheel debut on the Mountain Course and looks to become just the second person in history to compete in every race.

Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall – Haith Honda, LCR Honda
John Holden/Jason Pitt* – Barnes Racing, LCR Yamaha
Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau* – RICH Energy Bonovo Action Racing, LCR Yamaha
Dave Molyneux/Daryl Gibson – DMR, DMR KTM
Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley – FHO Racing, LCR Honda
Alan Founds/Jake Lowther – Spartan Automotive/Indelible Ink, LCR Yamaha
Ryan Crowe/Callum Crowe – Haven Homes, LCR Honda
Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney – DAO Racing/Express Tyre Service, LCR Honda
Conrad Harrison/Andrew Winkle – Town Garage, Horsforth, Bellas Honda
Gary Bryan/Philip Hyde – SMC Groundworks, Baker Honda

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