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Jun 1, 2002

Fischer Wins Isle Of Man Sidecar Race

From a press release:


Rob Fisher made it into the record books with a ninth Isle of Man TT victory in Saturday evening's opening, three-lap sidecar race.

The Cumbrian drive joins three other drivers on nine wins ­ Mick Boddice, Dave Saville and Siegfried Schauzu ­ as the most successful sidecar men around the 37.73-mile mountain circuit.

Fisher and passenger Rick Long took victory by 21 seconds from Ian Bell and Neil Carpenter with Bell slowing his pace after hitting a kerb at the Laurel Bank section of the circuit on the opening lap.

Pre-race favourite Dave Molyneux took fourth but the seven times winner was in trouble before the race after his passenger Colin Hardman was involved in a road accident just hours before the race.

"Colin¹s right hand is a mess," said Molyneux. "I knew he was in pain during the race but there was nothing I could do. At least we got to the finish and that's credit to Colin's courage."

Sidecar TT result (three laps ­ 113.19 miles):

1. Rob Fisher/Rick Long, GB, (Yamaha) 1hr 01m 25.9s, ­ 110.55 mph

2. Ian Bell/Neil Carpenter, GB, (Yamaha), 1hr 01m 46.0s, ­ 109.95 mph

3. Gary Horspole/Kevin Leigh, GB, (Honda) 1hr 02m 06.6s, ­ 109.34 mph

4. Dave Molyneux/Colin Hardman, GB, (Honda) 1hr 02m 17.1s, 109.03 mph

5. Roy Hanks/Dave Wells, GB (Yamaha), 1hr 02m 57.5s , 107.87 mph

6. Ben Dixon/Mark Lambert, GB (Honda), 1hr 03m 05.3s, 107.64 mph

7. Phillip Dongworth/Stuart Castles, GB (Kawasaki), 1hr 03m 13.6s ,­107.41 mph

8. Steve Norbury/Andrew Smith, GB (Yamaha), 1hr 03m 44.5s, 106.54 mph

9. Mick Harvey/Stephen Thomas, GB (Yamaha), 1hr 03m 55.4s, 106.24 mph

10. Kenny Howles/Doug Jewell, GB (Yamaha), 1hr 04m 04.8s, 105.98 mph