TT2014: Sidecar king Dave Molyneux finally clinches 17th victory

Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance at Tower Bends
Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance at Tower Bends

Dave Molyneux earned his 17th victory in the Sidecar class at the Isle of Man TT by a commanding margin of 44 seconds with passenger Patrick Farrance.

Molyneux, who was forced out of the first Sidecar race last Saturday while leading, took the win on his DMR Kawasaki ahead of Conrad Harrison and Mike Aylott from Bradford, who were victorious in the opener.

“It’s brilliant - twenty-five years since my first win and it feels just as good,” said the 50-year-old.

“I’m really happy. The team have been brilliant all week and Patrick was brilliant as usual.”

Farrance added: “It is the best feeling ever - I am so happy.”

Lancashire’s John Holden and Andrew Winkle led for much of the race but saw their cushion of 17 seconds evaporate due to an engine problem, eventually dropping to third to secure the final position on the rostrum.

Four-times World Sidecar Champion Tim Reeves - a winner in the class last year - finished fourth.

Ben and Tom Birchall were ruled out of the race following their crash at the Black Dub in race one.

Thursday’s Sidecar showdown was postponed from Wednesday due to the weather and went ahead with damp patches reported at the Waterworks and further up the Mountain.

Molyneux is third on the all-time TT winner’s list behind Joey Dunlop (26) and John McGuinness (21).