2018 Pre-TT and Post TT Races 

Road Racing Daily James Cowton at Billown


McAdoo Racing’s James Cowton produced a stunning display of road racing at Billown on Saturday evening on his way to recording a race victory, two second places and three lap records. 

The Kawasaki mounted rider also secured a race record in the feature event with a race time of 18m30.671s - 110.204mph.

Cowton’s teammate Adam McLean won the first race of the evening making it a highly successful meeting for the Northern Irish team. 

James Cowton’s lap records:

1: CuPlas Callow 600cc Race - Lap Record (2:19.967)

2: 250/650cc Race - Lap Record (2:28.893)

3: Manx Independent Carriers 1100cc Race - Lap record (2:16.188) 

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Road Racing Daily James Cowton


The Radcliffe’s Butchers Post-TT Races got underway and continued the record breaking run of the last two weeks as records fell in each race of the evening. 

It was a great meeting for the McAdoo Racing Kawasaki team as James Cowton broke the lap record in all three races, finishing with two second places and recording a well deserved win in the final race of the evening. Teammate Adam McLean won the opening encounter. 

The CuPlus Callow 600cc Race was first up and McLean was the victor ahead of Cowton with Joey Thompson in third place. 

In the 250/650cc race Joey Thompson took the spoils on the Paton ahead of Kawasaki mounted Cowton. Jonathan Perry was third. 

In the Manx Independent Carriers 1100cc feature race, Cowton led from the start closely followed by Rob Hodson in second, but towards the end of the eight lap race Cowton pulled the pin and registered a third lap record in as many races as he crossed the line 4.7s ahead of Hodson in second. Ryan Kneen rounded out the podium places as he crossed the line to thunderous rounds of applause from the spectators trackside. Cowton‘s lap record was timed at 112.345mph. 

James Cowton

“We’ve been struggling all over the TT with the big bike but there was a big difference with it today. Big thanks to the McAdoo team but I’m happy to take the win on the big bike. This win is dedicated to Dan Kneen.”

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Road Racing Daily James Cowton


James Cowton made it a fifth successive victory in the Junior Superbike Post Classic race at Billown on Sunday Afternoon. 

The Englishman led throughout and despite his machine appearing to run into mechanical issues, he still coaxed it home to grab a superb first place ahead of Ryan Kneen in second place and Dan Sayle back in third. 

Dominic Herbertson was the victor in the Greystones LLC Senior Classic Race. In what proved to be an utterly thrilling encounter, Herbertson had to fight tooth and nail with second placed man Alan Oversby. 

It was Oversby who took the lead with Herbertson nipping at his coat tails but the lead switched hands on lap 2 and both riders kept each other very honest for the remainder of the race with Herbertson crossing the line a mere 0.5secs ahead of his rival. Mike Hose rounded out the podium places. 

Mike Hose won the Lightweight Classic race to take his tally to 18 wins at the Pre-TT Classic Races. Hose, a winner already this weekend, had a good battle with Ewan Hamilton in the early stages of the race but eventually made some headway and crossed the line over 9 seconds clear of Hamilton in second place. Jeff Ward was in third place. 

In the Blackford Financial Services Support Race, Darren Creer cane out on top with a truly masterful performance. Breaking the lap record with a blistering time of 90.76mph, Creer corpses the line 27secs clear of Robert Mitchell-Hill in second place, with Andy Lee in third. 

Eddy Wright and Keiran Clarke made it a superb double in the sidecar class as they added another win to the race they won yesterday evening. Their winning margin was 14.7secs ahead of Keith Walters/ Alun Thomas in second and Tony Thirkell/ Trevor Johnson in third place. 

Wright and Clarke broke the lap record on their way to victory.

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Road Racing Daily Mike Hose



26th May 2018 - Pre-TT Classic [1] Single Cylinder - Race (6 Laps)


1 Mike Hose

2 Mark Herbertson 

3 Richard Hawkins 

4 Keith Dixon 

5 Dave Matravers 

6 Meredydd Owen 

7 Keith Shannon 

8 Bill Swallow 

9 Arthur Browning 

10 Will Loder 

11 *Bram Laveyne 

12 Brian Nichol

13 Jim Porter

14 Bob Millinship 

15 Jeff Ward

16 Stuart Robinson 

17 Alan Smallbones 

18 Vic Haskell 

19 Adam Ward 

20 Richard Bool 

21 Nick Penny


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Record Entry for 30th Anniversary Pre-TT Classic


Full grids are guaranteed at the Blackford Financial Services Pre TT Classic Road Races with 294 entries having been received for the prestigious Classic event which celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year, having been introduced as the opening event of the Isle of Man TT Festival back in 1988.


The nine-race programme caters for single cylinder 250cc & 350cc machines, Lightweight 250cc, Junior 350cc, Senior 500cc, 850cc Classics, Classic Superbike's and Sidecars.


The Solo races remain the same as the successful format of the previous years, whilst the Sidecar competitors once again have two four-lap races, one on the Saturday afternoon with the second being run on the Monday morning, which will include Post TT Classic machines.


As in previous years a Solo Support Race has been included in Monday’s race programme to cater for the number of entries received.


At the end of the 2017 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races two riders, Huddersfield’s Bill Swallow and Morton, Wirral man, Mike Hose had duelled throughout the event to become the most successful Classic Racer at Billown.


Mike was first to draw equal to Bill’s total of 15, then Bill went one ahead to 16 only for Mike to draw level again one race later!


The two friends will renew their rivalry once again, once the action gets underway on the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course in May.


With entries having closed of the 155 individual competitors entered, 23 are newcomers, with a further 12 making their debut the Pre-TT Classic races but have raced on the course previously at the Southern 100 International Road Races.


Some 14 competitors are making the journey from Europe, including ex-world Championship Grand Prix racer Bernard Fau who will have a brace of Yamaha's in his stable, a 250 twin and a 750 four.

Bernard competed in the world championships (now MotoGP) between 1975 and 1983, with a best championship position of 11th in the 500cc (Premier) class in 1981 and second privateer rider.


His best race result was a fourth in the 1979 West German Grand Prix 500cc race.


Eight of the 14 are in the Sidecar races which will, as usual add extra spice to the ‘slideys’ as they negotiate their way around the tight and technical southside course.


In addition to the 16-wins apiece duo of Bill Swallow and Mike Hose other names to watch include, Barry Davidson, Brian Mateer, Ewan Hamilton, Rich Hawkins, Jamie Coward, Chris McGahan, James Cowton, Alan Oversby, and Ivan Lintin to name just a few.


One thing is for certain, however, every one of the entries in the 2018 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races will be giving their all once the action starts and racing will be close and exciting as it has been over the previous twenty-nine years!

The Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races gets underway with the first of two practice sessions on Friday Evening 25th May, at 6.00pm with roads opening at 9.35pm.


Saturday Afternoon 26th May sees the continuation of qualifying plus two races, the Office Equipment Centre Singles Race followed by Sidecar Race 1. The action takes place between 12.10pm and 4.15pm


Sunday 27th May sees the final seven races being held between 1.00pm and 8.30pm at the latest.

(Should force majeure cause the cancellation of the Saturday evening practice on the TT Mountain Course, the Sunday Races on the Colas Billown Course, will be moved to Bank Holiday Monday 27th with a morning session 9.10am - 12.20pm and concluding with the Afternoon session 1.05pm and 4.10pm.)


The unique Prize Presentation and Concourse D' elegance takes place on Monday 27th May in Castletown Square between 1.45pm and 4.00pm. (Tuesday 28th May if Racing takes place on Monday.)


Further details can be found on the official website: www.southern100.com Facebook: Southern 100 Road Races and twitter: @s100isleofman.


Photo by Richard Radcliffe

2017 Double Winner Early Entry for Post TT Races

Double winner and runner-up in the third race of the 2017 race programme of the Radcliffe Butchers Post TT Road Races 2017, James Cowton is one of the early entries for the 2018 event which takes place on Saturday 9th June 2018.

The Yorkshire ace will have a trio of the McAdoo Racing Kawasaki livered machines, hoping to go one better this year and get a full-house with three out of three race wins.

Other early entries include fellow Yorkshireman Mark Goodings with a brace of Kawasaki’s sponsored by Pennine Stone and PMH Promotions, and local ‘Manxie’ Ryan Kneen who will be astride a 600 Kawasaki and a 1000 BMW sponsored by Charmer Builders of Port Erin.

A notable newcomer entered is French rider Timothie Monot, who has a 600 Yamaha and a 650 Kawasaki at his disposal having finished 12th of the Supertwin in the Lightweight TT last year.

Entries for the Radcliffe Butchers Post TT Road Races close on 8th May 2018

200 Plus Entries So Far for Pre-TT Classic Races

With just over a month before entries close for the Blackfords Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races, entries have now topped the 200 mark for the nine-race programme which is due to take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 25th, 26th & 27th May 2018.

The latest batch of 54, approved by race organisers Southern 100 Racing includes Alan Oversby and James Cowton, along with 16-times winner, Mike Hose who has entered six races in this the events 30th anniversary.

Entries so far include 15 newcomers to the Colas Billown Course, plus seven who have previously raced on the 4.25-mile course in either the Post TT or the Southern 100 International Road Races.

The Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races have also attracted competitors from, Austria, Belgium, France and The Netherlands in addition to the UK and Northern Ireland and of course the Isle of Man.

Entries close on 30th March 2018.

Photo of Mike Hose and Alan Oversby, 1st and 2nd in the Junior 350cc race in 2017. Photo credit: Christine Hartley

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