With warm and bright conditions the first of two "Sure sidecar" races got under way.

Gordon and Phil set off down "Bray Hill" all was going well, when the race was red flagged due to an incident at "Bishopscourt"

All sidecar crews returned to pit lane. The race was rescheduled for the full three laps, and the start time was 16.00.

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Once again Gordon and Phil set off down "Bray Hill". All was good with the bike, but again fuel mapping was a problem all through the three laps. Gordon just had to get on with the race, nothing was going to change the mapping now. Gordon and Phil were all on their own throughout the race, so it was all down to them where they were going to finish the race.

On the last lap driver, Gordon was starting to have problems with his helmet. Gordon explained, "When racing I wear contact lenses. I don't know what happened, but there seemed to be a lot off wind getting up into my helmet, this caused my eyes to water so my vision was impaired. When we finished the race there did not seem to be anything wrong, the visor was securely closed and nothing missing from the helmet. I will need to see if there is anything I can do for the rest of the next week. And once again we will need to see what we can do with the fuel mapping"

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Phil also said, "It was an uneventful race for me, but I seemed to be sitting in the chair a lot throughout the three laps, but I am really happy with the result, let's hope we can do the same next week.

"Team Shand Racing" was to finish the three lap race in ninth place with a fastest speed of 107.654 mph.

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As previously reported, All at "Team Shand Racing" would like to extend their deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of fellow Sidecar racer Dwight Beare who passed away due to the incident at "Bishopscourt" earlier today.

Mark Walters.

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