Road Racing Daily - September 2018

CHANGES TO SOUTHERN 100 RACE PROGRAMME 2019

 

Southern 100 Racing, organisers of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 International Road Races are to make a number of changes to their racing classes for the 2019 event which takes place Monday to Thursday 8th – 11th July.

 

The main change is the dropping of the ‘Ultra-Lightweight’ 125cc/400cc class from the programme along with the discontinuation of the Support races.

 

However, with the increasing number of entries being received for 600cc machines, the organisers are to include an additional race for this class.

 

Clerk of the Course, Peter Oates explained: ‘The Club took the decision to drop the 125/400 races, mainly due to the ever-falling number of entries being received, not only at Billown but at other ‘pure’ road races and concerns by the Technical Officials of the age and standard of the machines being presented for pre-race examination.

 

‘To try and keep the classes to a high standard expected at an International Road Race, the club have over the past few years included the 450cc machines and more latterly the Moto3 class, but neither have taken off as was hoped.’

 

Mr Oates continued: 

 

‘On the positive side, the 600 entries are increasing year on year, which we have endeavoured to accommodate with additional Support Races, so the Club has made the decision to add an extra race to the programme to incorporate the riders who wish to race their Supersport machines on the Billown Course during the Southern 100. This will mean though that due to the time factor the Support Races will not now be in the schedule.’

 

‘Since 1955, the Southern 100 race organisers have successfully evolved the various classes as they have been introduced to road racing, then superseded them as required by competitors and other rules and regulations as they are formulated, and we will continue to move with the times as road racing has done in the past and continues to do so.’

 

The first 125cc race at the Southern 100 was run in 1961 and was won by Dan Shorey, the class was dropped after the 1964 races and returned in 1990 and has been run every year as an individual race and also run concurrently up to and including 2018, whilst the 400cc race was also introduced in 1990 and has continued annually.

 

The full Race Programme for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 International Road Races 2019 will be announced at the Official Media Launch in February next year.

Road Racing Daily 125/400cc Racing has been halted at the Southern 100 (Pictured here: Adrian Kershaw)

125/400cc RACING WILL NO LONGER FEATURE AT THE SOUTHERN 100

Southern 100 Racing today announced that there will no longer be any 125/400cc racing at the meeting. In what has come as a shock to many, the cancellation of this class is a real blow to riders and fans alike. 

This year saw some tremendous 125/400 racing with Adrian Kershaw taking a thrilling victory in the Steam Packet Company Race. 

So far, the reasons for the class being culled remain unknown as the club has only released a short and concise statement:

Southern 100 Racing 

“The Southern 100 race committee has decided due to a number of factors, there will be no more 125/400cc races at the Southern 100.”

More to follow.

Road Racing Daily Matt Stevenson will ride for The People’s Bike Team at the 2019 Isle Of Man TT

SENIOR MANX GRAND PRIX WINNER STEVENSON GETS 2019 TT BACKING FROM PEOPLES BIKE TEAM

 

Matt Stevenson will receive backing from the People’s Bike Team to mount as assault at TT 2019. 

 

Stevenson was mightily impressive en route to winning this year’s Senior Manx Grand Prix. Not only did he secure victory in the blue riband event, he also joined the exclusive ‘Tommy Club’ for riders at the Manx who have lapped the mountain course in excess of 120mph. 

 

Speaking of the signing on Facebook, Janice Thompson of the People’s Bike Team had this to say: 

 

“So, it's not going to come as a surprise to anyone I don't think when I say that we'll be supporting Matt Stevenson at TT 2019 as one of our sponsored riders.  

 

Matt won the Senior Manx GP (just in case you hadn't heard!) so the natural progression is to step up to the TT.  We're excited to be able to give Matt this opportunity and know we can count on your support as we do all we can to help guide him through this massive next step in his road racing career.  

 

We're also really pleased to announce the return of Rhys Hardisty to the team for 2019.  Rhys brings a wealth of experience to the team and will be a great mentor and team mate for Matt.  With 5 starts and 5 finishes at his first TT this year, Rhys proved he has the ability to compete at the highest level.“

 

Photo: RCphotos

DUKE RANKINGS UPDATE FOLLOWING FROHBURG ROAD RACES

 

They came, they saw, and they conquered in the main Superbike Race at the Frohburg Road Races, round 20 of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship 2018.

 

‘They’ were Danny Webb, Derek Sheils and Davey Todd – the three ‘D’s’ all riding the 1000 BMW Superbikes prepared by the Penz13.com team.

 

Tunbridge Wells rider Danny Webb won the eight-lap race by 8.5 second from Skerries man Derek Sheils, with his Burrows racing team-mate Davey Todd just 0.31 of a second behind in third.

Derek Sheils climbs two places from 15th to 13th, whilst Danny Webb shoots up from 55th to 35th, up 20 spots.

 

Hebden Bridge rider Jamie Coward finished ninth and remains in 26th position with the only other upward movement into the top 40 was Shaun

Anderson up from 42nd.

 

There is a short break in the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship until the final round, the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prixon Saturday 17th November.

 

Derek McGee 1324

Dean Harrison 1307

Adam McLean 1293

Michael Sweeney 975

James Cowton 921

Michael Dunlop 825

Peter Hickman 802

Barry Davidson 788

Davey Todd 670

Lee Johnston 645

Conor Cummins 606

Darryl Tweed 601

Derek Sheils 532

Paul Jordan 525

Joey Thompson 492

Thomas Maxwell 486

Liam Chawke 462

Kevin Fitzpatrick 444

Andrew Farrell 443

Paul Gartland 427

James Hillier 421

Ivan Lintin 405

Barry Sheehan 400

Wayne Sheehan 370

Nigel Moore 363

Jamie Coward 348

Michael Browne 346

Rob Hodson 325

Christian Elkin 321

Alastair Seeley 316

Dominic Herbertson 314

Stephen Morrison 308

Brian Mateer 304

Brian Loughlin 302

Danny Webb 293

Richard Ford 292

James Chawke 285

Martin Jessopp 269

Michael Evans 265

Shaun Anderson 262

Road Racing Daily Irish Junior Support Champion Barry Sheehan pictured here at the 2018 Tandragee 100

2018 IRISH ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

Irish Superbike Class

Derek McGee - 149 points (4 race wins)
Michael Sweeney - 117
Derek Sheils - 116 (4 race wins)
Davey Todd - 106
Thomas Maxwell - 104
Kevin Fitzpatrick - 79
Darryl Tweed - 46
Dan Kneen - 45 (1 race win)
Paul Jordan - 43
Brian McCormack - 38
Forest Dunn - 33
Adam McLean - 30
Paul Fallon - 28
Damian Horan - 28
Noel Carroll - 22
David Murphy 21
Michael Dunlop - 20
Andy Farrell - 20
Paul Gartland - 16
Daniel Mettam 16
Seamus Elliott - 16
William Dunlop - 13
Stephen McKnight - 13
Shaun Anderson - 11
Graham Kennedy 11
James Cowton - 10
Steven Procter - 10
Alistair Kirk - 9
Joe Loughlin - 9
Alan Johnston 8
Paul Williams - 8
Darren Cooper - 6
Dennis Booth - 4
Dan Cooper - 3
Paul Cranston - 2
Rhys Hardisty - 1
Adam Lyon - 1

Irish Supersport Class

Derek McGee - 111 points (4 race wins)
Michael Sweeney - 106 (1 race win)
Paul Jordan - 86 (1 race win)
Darryl Tweed - 61
Adam McLean - 60
Davey Todd - 52
Kevin Fitzpatrick - 50
Derek Sheils - 47
Andy Farrell - 43
Graham Kennedy - 30
William Dunlop - 26
James Cowton - 25 (1 race win)
James Chawke - 22
Paul Fallon - 21
Forest Dunn - 18
Damian Horan - 16
Joe Loughlin - 15
Michael Dunlop - 13
Darren Cooper - 13
Alan Johnston - 13
Christian Elkin - 11
Michael Browne - 11
Brian McCormack - 10
David Murphy - 10
Dennis Booth - 9
Daniel Mettam - 7
Dan Cooper - 7
Noel Carroll - 7
Davy Morgan - 6
Dominic Herbertson - 6
31 Steven Procter - 6
32 Marc Ironside - 6
33 Tom Robinson - 5
34 Kris Duncan - 4
Adam Lyon - 4
Thomas Maxwell - 3
John Ella - 3
Rhys Hardisty - 2
Mike Norbury - 1
Paul Williams - 1

Irish Supertwins Class

Derek McGee - 86 points (3 race wins)
Davey Todd - 76
Thomas Maxwell - 55
Adam McLean - 45 (1 race win)
James Chawke - 29
Darren Cooper - 27
Brian Loughlin - 27
Michael Sweeney - 25 (1 race win)
John Ella - 24
Stephen McKnight - 23
Michael Browne - 22
William Hara - 21
Daniel Mettam - 20
Michael Gibbons - 20
Ben Mullane - 20
Paul Gartland - 18
Neil Kernohan - 16
Barry Sheehan - 11
Dominic Herbertson - 10
Seamus Elliott - 10
Des Butler - 10
Alistair Kirk - 9
Robert Cairns - 7
Michael Gillan - 6
Thomas Molloy - 6
Andy Farrell - 6
James Cottrell - 5
Stephen Tobin - 5
Thomas Whitmore - 5
Martin Currams - 4
Paul O’Rourke - 4
Dominic Cottrell - 3
Darren O’Rourke - 3
Anthony Ambler - 3
Tim Stephenson - 3
Nigel Colgan - 2
Brendan Flynn - 2

Irish Senior Support Class

Wayne Sheehan - 80 points
Liam Chawke - 73 (1 race win)
William Hara - 57 (1 race win)
Michael Browne - 50 (2 race wins)
Matt Donaldson - 45
John Cahill - 33
Tommy Henry - 30
Kevin Baker - 27
Stephen McKeown - 25 (1 race win)
Jordan McFerran - 24
Darragh Burke - 20
Dermot Cleary - 19
Tommy Heaphy - 18
Darryl Anderson - 18
Mike Swanson - 16
Noel Smith - 15
Michael Hoey - 14
David Murphy - 11
George Scott - 11
Stuart McCann - 11
Niall Power - 10
Steven Clarke - 9
Robert Cairns - 9
Chris Cook - 8
Barry Sheehan - 8
Andy McAllister - 8
Andy McPherson - 7
Rad Hughes - 6
Martin Currams - 6
Aaron Boyd - 6
Ben Wales - 5
Aron Hatch - 5
Veronika Hankocyova - 4
John Byrne - 3
Lloyd Collins - 3
Christopher Stuart - 2
Michael Gibbons - 2
James Cottrell - 1
Alan Fisher - 1

Irish Junior Support Bike Class

Barry Sheehan - 85 points (1 race win)
Liam Chawke - 54 (1 race win)
Brian Loughlin - 44 (1 race win)
Stephen Morrison - 41
James Cottrell - 32
Wayne Sheehan - 25 (1 race win)
Ben Mullane - 25
Jason Cassells - 20
Michael Hoey - 16
Alistair Haworth - 13
John Cahill - 13
Michael Gillan - 11
Michael Gibbons - 11
Darryl Anderson - 11
Michael Nagle - 11
Dominic Cottrell - 10
Martin Currams - 10
Robert Cairns - 10
Eoin O’Siochru - 10
Rad Hughes - 9
Tommy Heaphy - 9
Brendan Flynn - 9
RJ Woolsey - 8
John Byrne - 7
Lloyd Collins - 7
Rikki McGovern - 7
Francis O’Hara - 6
Darren O’Rourke - 6
Michael Rees - 6
Nigel Colgan - 5
Thomas Molloy - 5
Jim Hind - 5
Gearoid Hoare - 3
Chris Meyer - 3
Anthony Ambler - 3
Darren Duncan - 2
Alan Smyth - 2
Ben Plant - 2
Stephen Carr - 1
Mark Johnson - 1
Vic Allan - 1

Irish 125/Moto3 Class

Paul Robinson - 66 points (2 race wins)
Derek McGee - 63 (2 race wins)
Nigel Moore - 46
Melissa Kennedy - 45
Gary Dunlop - 33
Joe Loughlin - 31
Kevin Fitzpatrick - 31
Adam McLean - 20
Sean Leonard - 19
Jamie O’Brien - 15
Gary Jordan - 14
Jack Sands - 14
Chris Meyer - 14
Paul Jordan - 13
Sarah Boyes - 13
Christopher Eder - 10
Ronnie Scott - 9
Jim Hind - 8
John McAllister - 7
Anders Richnau - 6
Andrew Jackson - 2

Irish 250cc Class

John Ella - 45 points (1 race win)
Davy Morgan - 25 (1 race win)
Chris Meyer - 25 (1 race win)
John McAllister - 20

Irish Lightweight Support Class

Darryl Tweed - 100 points (4 race wins)
Stephen Morrison - 56
Brian Loughlin - 48
Michael Hoey - 39
Vic Allan - 32
David Howard - 20
Stephen Tobin - 20
RJ Woolsey - 17
Aaron Boyd - 15
Rad Hughes - 13
Lloyd Collins - 11
Gerard Cummins - 10
Dave Walsh - 9
Robert Cairns - 8
Gordon Clark - 7
Yvonne Montgomery - 4
Roy Beattie - 3

Irish 250cc Classic Bike Class

Brian Mateer - 100 points (4 race wins)
Richard Ford - 81 (1 race win)
Philip Shaw - 76
Alex McVicker - 65
Gary Hutton - 43
Trevor Stewart - 34
Robert Wright - 31
Gavan Duffy - 13
Allen Gibson - 9

Irish 350cc Classic Bike Class

Barry Davidson - 125 points (5 race wins)
Ed Manly - 80
Ken Parkes - 61
Sean Leonard - 57
Herbie Ronan - 29
Freddie Stewart - 29
Ian Thompson - 25
Gearoid Hoare - 23
Nigel Moore - 21
Andy Kildea - 21
Linton Irwin - 21
George Stinson - 20
Sam Kinkead - 20
Tim Stephenson - 18
Jamie O’Brien - 16
Chris McGahan - 16
Paul McMahon 16
Michael Brady - 13
Kevin Callan - 11
Mark Johnson - 10
David Crawford - 6
Mark McCloskey - 4

Irish 500cc Classic Bike Class

Barry Davidson - 100 points (4 race wins)
John Leigh Pemberton - 80
Billy Lyle - 63
David Carleton - 46
Freddie Stewart - 45
Andy Kildea - 37
Roger Chen - 27
Dean Stimpson - 25 (1 race win)
Sean Leonard - 22
Mark Parrett - 20
Ed Manly - 20
Wattie Brown - 20
Gary Jamison - 18
Keith Clarke - 13
Anthony Ambler - 11
Herbie Ronan - 10
Antony Nicholls - 10

Irish 1000cc Classic Bike Class

Philip Shaw - 78 points 
Trevor Stewart - 72 (1 race win)
Richard Ford - 50 (2 race wins)
Dave Brough - 26
Robert McCrum - 25 (1 race win)
Morgan Govignon - 20
Jamie O’Brien - 16

Road Racing Daily Derek Sheils does the Superbike double at the East Coast Racing Festival

SHEILS DOES THE DOUBLE AT THE EAST COAST RACING FESTIVAL

 

Derek Sheils made his return to the national scene a successful one today with two Superbike wins at the East Coast Racing Festival. 

 

In the first of today’s Superbike encounters, the Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider was involved in race long duel with Martin Jones backed rider Micko Sweeney. 

 

As with the opening race of the day, it was just a tenth of a second which separated the leading pair with Sheils pipping his rival and fellow countryman to the line by a mere 0.138s. 

 

So, it was a case of picking up where he left off and with the grand final left to run Sheils was the man to beat. 

 

Running over 7 laps, the Suzuki mounted Sheils was in imperious form noticeably quicker than his main rivals. When he crossed the line to take the chequered flag he was 18s ahead of local rider Micko Sweeney with Paul Jordan rounding out the podium places. 

 

That sealed the double for the immensely popular rider and brought a close to the Irish national road racing season.

 

Grand Final

 

1 Derek Sheils

2 Michael Sweeney

3 Paul Jordan

4 Thomas Maxwell

5 Kevin Fitzpatrick

6 Paul Gartland

7 Darryl Tweed

8 Stephen McKnight

9 Paul Fallon

10 Alan Johnson

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee crowned 2018 Irish supersport champion

WINNING RETURN FOR NEWLY CROWNED CHAMPION MCGEE

 

Derek McGee produced yet another race winning performance today at the Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival. In what has been a stunning season for the Irish rider, this victory now means the man from Mullingar has won the last fifteen races in which he has contested. 

 

Making a return to racing following his crash at the Ulster Grand Prix, McGee was made to work for his victory in today’s opening supersport encounter but work he did and this victory now crowns him as the Irish Road Race Supersport champion in 2018. 

 

Riding the B&W Racing Kawasaki, McGee fought off stiff competition from Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider Derek Sheils, crossing the line with a mere 0.185s in his pocket. Micko Sweeney took a fine third place to round out the podium positions. 

 

600cc Championship Race 1

 

1 Derek McGee

2 Derek Sheils

3 Michael Sweeney

4 Paul Jordan

5 Kevin Fitzpatrick 

6 Graham Kennedy

7 Andy Farrell

8 Darryl Tweed

9 James Chawke

10 Davy Morgan

11 Alan Johnson

12 Paul Fallon

Road Racing Daily Paul ‘Moz’ Owen calls time on his road racing career

 

PAUL OWEN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM ROAD RACING

 

After a successful and glittering career on the roads, Welsh rider Paul ‘Moz’ Owen has announced that he has decided to hang up his leathers. 

 

A veteran of both national and international roads meetings, Owen is a popular and highly respected figure in the road racing paddock. 

 

Official statement from Paul Owen, Team #98:

 

“Sat on the startline as I say goodbye to to the mountain course for the last time. 

 

It's been a very tough few years with losing so many great friends. It just makes you realise the crap you put family under when you leave the start line, but I have no regrets as I’ve ticked every box I wanted to except a podium at the Isle Of Man but it's not from want of trying. 

 

It's been amazing following in my Dad’s footsteps.   I always gave it 101% effort over 23 of trying on the rock and with 27 years racing under my belt it would be nice to stop road racing before it stops me. I'm sure I will be back for a parade lap and a few local club races just for fun etc. but that's my leathers hung up on road racing. 

 

I'd like to thank everyone who has helped with my racing. My sponsors, my family, my mates and even my doubters as you all kept me at it, and all the organisers who have helped put up with my s**t. 

 

Well it's time to sign out and I wish everyone a great future in the road racing paddock and please keep it safe. I'm sure you'll still see me helping younger riders with advice.

 

Paul, Team #98.”

Road Racing Daily 2018 Southern 100 DVD on sale now

 

SOUTHERN 100 DVD 2018 ON SALE NOW

The Southern 100 official review returns, offering a thrilling racing and talent on par with the world’s most famous races.

In the South of the Isle of Man, the Colas Billown Course is a short but exceptionally fast 4.25-mile race, allowing international racing champions to show the extreme power of their two-wheeled machines, and their talent and prowess riding them.

With Solo and Sidecar competitions, the Southern 100, also known as the ‘friendly races’ has seen records repeatedly broken since the races first took place in 1955.

2018 was another year of nail-biting close competition, with exceptional performances from Dean Harrison, Adam McLean, Derek McGee, Ivan Lintin, Tim Reeves & Mark Wilkes, John Holden & Lee Cain, and many more.

Sharp corners such as Ballabeg Hairpin and the long straights such as Great Meadow, left spectators in awe start to finish as riders fought for their position.

Whether you enjoy watching or riding, this review allows you to do both, with impressive cameras onboard the bikes and footage shot at points around the course.

2018 included confident newcomers and perfect pairing which took sidecar racing to the next level, showing there is much more than just speed to the Southern 100.

Relive the unforgettable races through this ultimate Southern 100 review.

You may have been fortunate enough to have been one of the thousands who surrounded the 4.25-mile Billown Course - this DVD will revive your lasting memories of an excellent Southern 100 in 2018 and assist with the all too frequent withdrawal symptoms.

If you missed attending - the programme will ignite your enthusiasm to ensure you make every effort to attend the 2019 Southern 100, which incidentally will take place Monday to Thursday 8th – 11th July.

The 2018 DVD 123 minutes long, will also help in whiling away the long winter evenings until the new road racing season fires-up in 2019.

Or you may want to add it to your collection of Southern 100 DVD’s which have been produced annually since 1995 by Greenlight TV and Duke.

The Southern 100 2018 Road Races DVD costs - Duke £16.99 Postage Free, or via the Southern 100 website (www.southern100.com) £16.99 - Order today!

Road Racing Daily Paul Robinson set to retire from Road Racing at the end of the season

 

PAUL ROBINSON CALLS TIME ON ROAD RACING CAREER

 

Paul Robinson has announced his intention to hang up his leathers at the end of this season. 

 

Robinson will race at the upcoming East Coast Racing Festival where he can still secure the Irish 125/Moto3 Championship, having already clinched the Ulster 125/Moto3 title. 

 

With career highlights including international wins at the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix, Robinson has enjoyed a glittering and successful career on the roads as well as showcasing his talent on the short circuits in both the UK and Ireland. 

 

Although he will be hanging up his leathers after Killalane, Robinson has no plans to step away from the sport for good. He is intending on running his own team next season with a rider utilising his championship winning Moto3 machine. 

 

A long time servant of the sport, we wish Paul every success for the future. 

 

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