Southern 100: Founds and Walmsley beat Holden and Cain to Sidecar title

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PETE Founds and Jevan Walmsley pipped John Holden and Lee Cain to the Daryl Blake Construction Sidecar crown after a thrilling final race of the week.

The two outfits were the class of the field as they battled from lights to flag and although the Rowtec Suzuki boys won by just 0.131sec, it was drama from the very start.

While Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes looked to get a strong launch, officials were quick to slap them with a 10sec penalty for a jump start – despite the duo dropping to the back of the pack in a bid to compensate.

At the front, it was the Founds boys back in contention for the lead as Alan led Pete by a mere 0.074sec in the fight for victory.

But as they stormed into Cross Four Ways on lap two of a reduced six, Pete had grabbed the lead as Alan dropped down the order, allowing John Holden and Lee Cain to slot into second ahead of Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie.

Reeves and Wilkes, unaware of their penalty, had made a charge through the pack to get all the way up into fourth place, but back at the front Holden and Cain had taken the lead on lap four after powering past Founds and Walmsley.

The FSRA British F2 champs weren’t about to take it lying down, however, and they hit back to begin the penultimate lap with just 0.022secc to make up before laying a pass on Holden and Cain to lead at Cross Four Ways.

As the leading outfits started their final lap with just 0.178sec separating them, Reeves and Wilkes’ charge was over after a engine blow up on the start-finish straight, leaving Crawford and Hardie to take back third place.

Back at the front and after Silicone Barnes Racing’s Holden and Cain had once again grabbed the lead, Founds and Walmsley again reclaimed the lead and it was all down to the run over the line.

With a final drag to the finish, Founds and Walmsley pinched their first Sidecar title from the former champs by a mere 0.131sec, while Team ARC’s Crawford and Hardie clinched the final rostrum spot.

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