TT REWIND: 2010 SIDECAR RACE B
Having made his debut in 2004, former Sidecar World Champion Klaus Klaffenbock’s progress at the Isle of Man TT was steady rather than spectacular, but 2010 was when it all came together.
Enlisting the services of Dan Sayle, the then outright lap record holder and multiple race winner, was the final piece in the jigsaw and the Austro-Manx pairing took the first race before taking a stunning victory in the second race later in the week.
Simon Neary and Paul Knapton initially led before retiring. That meant John Holden and Andy Winkle, who were going for their first win, led Klaffenbock and Sayle by 8.9 seconds at the start of the second lap.
Holden and Winkle were again fastest on lap two and held an advantage of 10.1 seconds heading into the final lap. But it was on the third and final lap that Klaffenbock and Sayle really began to fly and at every timing point, they were reducing the gap. It came down to the wire and as they flashed across the line for the final time, it was Kalffenbock and Sayle who came out on top by just 1.12 seconds.