TT 2013: Reeves And Sayle Make Winning Start

Tim Reeves took his first ever victory at the Isle of Man TT after he and Dan Sayle were the class of the field in the opening Sidecar race on Saturday. While Reeves was opening his account, Sayle was making his own piece of history with his eighth win, drawing him level with Rick Long as the most successful passenger in TT history.

Ben and Tom Birchall were quickest up to speed as they pulled out a five second lead at Ramsey on the opening lap but as they came up to overtake John Holden and Andy Winkle on the road, they tagged the bank at Kate’s Cottage and suffered a left rear puncture, forcing the pair to pull off at Creg ny Baa.

After an opening lap at 113.575mph, Reeves and Sayle enjoyed a ten second lead over top qualifiers Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance and that lead would only grow as they reeled in the no.1 on the road. The source of interest on the last lap would be the fight for second between Molyneux and Conrad Harrison, partnered by Mike Aylott in the no.5 Shelbourne Honda. The battle would go down to the wire with Harrison’s 113.630mph lap jumping them up to second by 0.538s.

John Holden and Andy Winkle rode a lonely race to fourth ahead of Douglas Wright and Martin Hull with Gary Bryan and Jamie Winn completing the top six. Gary and Dan Knight clocked their first 110mph+ lap on their way to seventh while in another piece of history, Estelle Leblond became the first female sidecar driver to top 100mph over a lap as she and Sebastian Lavorel finished 29th.


2013 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy – Sure Sidecar Race 1 Result
Pos Riders Machine Time/Gap Replica
1 T Reeves & D Sayle LCR 59:42.957 Silver
2 C Harrison & M Aylott Shelbourne Honda +20.117 Silver
3 D Molyneux & P Farrance DMR +20.655 Silver
4 J Holden & A Winkle LCR +49.176 Silver
5 D Wright & M Hull Baker +1:14.042 Silver
6 G Bryan & J Winn Baker Honda +1:25.840 Silver
7 G Knight & D Knight DMR Kawasaki +2:30.938 Silver
8 K Bennett & L Cain Kawasaki +2:39.669 Silver
9 R Handcock & B Bevan Shelbourne Honda +2:48.056 Silver
10 F Lelias & C Richardson Suzuki +3:08.390 Bronze
11 T Baker & F Baker-Milligan Suzuki Baker +3:45.330 Bronze
12 J Saunders & S Parker Shelbourne +4:07.232 Bronze
13 W Lockey & L Capewell Ireson Honda +4:13.439 Bronze
14 R Hanks & K Perry Molyneux Rose +4:13.955 Bronze
15 M Donovan & A Galligan Honda Ireson +4:19.985 Bronze
16 N Dukes & W Moralee Other +4:32.834 Bronze
17 F Leblond & C Rousell Shelbourne Suzuki +4:42.095 Bronze
18 A King & K Cole Natures Flame +4:42.533 Bronze
19 G Shand & P Hyde Shand F2 +4:43.912 Bronze
20 M Roscher & U Neubert Suzuki +5:16.956 Bronze
21 D Hope & P Bumfrey Kawasaki +5:47.427 Bronze
22 P Alton & K Brotherton Yamaha +5:52.769 Bronze