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Birchall Brothers Confirm TT Comeback

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Ben and Tom Birchall will return to the Isle of Man after confirming their entry for the 2011 TT races.

The brothers from Mansfield were forced to withdraw from last year's event after they were unable to find suitable machinery to compete.

The pair are expected to be part of a number of crews with their eyes set on a podium place, including 2010 double winners Klaus Klaffenbock and Daniel Sayle.

There is no doubting the Birchall brothers' pedigree. The Yorkshiremen clinched the 2009 FIM Sidecar World Championship before finishing a strong third in their title defence.

2009 was also the year they made their debut on the mountain course, and there was plenty of reason for encouragement despite failing to finish. The pair were running sixth until they were forced to retire on the final lap.

Their lap of 110.615mph made them the second fastest newcomers in TT history, and made it all the more agonising that they were unable to return last year.

But with those problems behind them, Ben Birchall is excited ahead of this year's event.

We really enjoyed our first year on the Isle of Man and are really looking to build on the experience that we had. The Mountain Course is one of the truly great Motorsport courses and it will be very special to be competing in its Centenary.”

This year's TT will form part of a packed schedule for the Birchall brothers, who will also go in search of a second World crown, as well as competing in the British Championship.

TT and Motorsport Development Manager Paul Phillips is delighted to welcome the Birchalls back to the Isle of Man, with a world class field of talent lined up for this year's sidecar races.

I'm delighted that the Birchalls have been able to sort out their machinery issues and return to compete on the Isle of Man. They had an excellent debut year and are a great addition to an already strong sidecar field.”

The 2011 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy will mark the centenary of the mountain course, and the action gets underway on Monday 30th May.

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