LEE Crawford and Scott Hardie dominated today’s Sidecar battles as they returned to the top step at Oliver’s Mount.
The Team ARC boys fended off charges from both the world champion Birchalls as well as Conrad Harrison and Andy Winkle to come out on top twice in as many races.
Crawford and Hardie tore off the start line ahead of Harrison and Winkle in this afternoon’s opener, but last year’s Ian Bell Trophy winners were never seen again as they scorched to victory by more than eight seconds, clocking a quickest lap of 1:54.225sec.
Meanwhile, the fight was on for second place and while the Birchalls looked for a gap, they couldn’t get past Harrison and Winkle and instead had to settle for third some 0.242sec off the runner-up spot.
It looked to be all change in race two as the Birchalls bagged an early advantage, hitting the lead early with a whopping 2.4sec gap after just one lap, but Crawford and Hardie were quickly back in the groove and had cut their gap down to 0.3sec just as the Birchalls retired two laps from the finish.
The DNF gave Crawford and Hardie a clear path to their second win of the day as Harrison and Winkle banked second with Steve and Matty Ramsden a further 1.6sec back in third.