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TT triumph for brothers

Posted onPosted on 12th Jun

Mansfield sidecar brothers Ben and Tom Birchall (above) claimed their fourth Isle of Man TT title.

They trailed after the first lap but finished almost 40 seconds clear in their three-lap race.

Earlier in the week they had been forced to retire during their first race, despite breaking a lap record.

Ben said: “We were down a bit at the end of the first lap as I hadn’t quite got my act together. I could see that the time was coming down and after what happened on (the previous) Saturday I needed to try to look after the engine as best I could.

“I am so thrilled and honoured to win another TT. Tom has done a brilliant job and the team has worked really hard. It’s been non-stop all week and it’s been tough, but that’s what the TT is about.

“We have managed to get on the top step again under our own steam and we are so grateful to our sponsors who were behind us.”