BEN and Tom Birchall destroyed the field in the opening Locate.im Sidecar race at the Isle of Man TT as they scorched to a new race record.
The Haith LCR boys powered past qualifying pace-setters John Holden and Lee Cain as they set a new overall race record for the three-lapper of 57:24.005 (118.317mph) while Tom became the most successful passenger in history.
After a strong start, the Birchalls stormed into the lead over 15sec clear of the SBR duo and the brothers never let up.
Despite wind coming down the mountain which hindered their lap record pace, the eight-time TT winners dominated the pack to take their sixth win on the bounce and ninth overall with some 48sec to spare over Holden and Cain as Cloud Vapers Yamaha duo Alan Founds and Jake Lowther completed the podium almost 30sec adrift.
But perhaps the most impressive finish of all came from the Haven Homes Triumph squad Ryan and Callum Crowe, who finished in fifth place at their very first go at the TT – just two and a half minutes off the win and 75sec down on fourth-placed Rowtec Suzuki men Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley.
Retirements included Dave Molyneux/Harry Payne, Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes, Mike Jackson/Sarah Stokoe, Kevin Thornton/David Hainsworth and Gordon Shand/Tony Belsey.
Locate.im Sidecar Race One provisional results:
- Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall
- John Holden/Lee Cain
- Alan Founds/Jake Lowther
- Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley
- Ryan Crowe/Callum Crowe