CLOSE RACING PROMISED AT POST TT ROAD RACES
Since first being run in 1991, the Post TT Road Races have provided some close and exciting racing to entertain the racing fans and enthusiasts as they once again adjust to the glamour of mass-starts after the Isle of Man TT Races and the 2019 edition of the Post TT Road Races, this year headline sponsored by Colas promises to deliver more exciting racing during the three action packed races on the programme.
One of the busiest men in the paddock will be Jamie Coward, who is entered in all three races, starting with the 600 Prez Racing Yamaha in the CuPlas Callow 600cc Race and following that with the 650 KTS Racing Kawasaki on which he finished second in the recent North West 200 Supertwins race in the Manx Independent Carriers 650/250cc race before climbing aboard the Prez Racing 1000 Yamaha for the Colas Superbike race, a race which he took the chequered flag in 2017.
However, the Hebden Bridge rider won’t have an easy ride in any of the races, especially the fiercely contested eight-lap Supersport race with the likes of Michael Evans, Ryan Kneen, Rob Hodson, Nathan Harrison and Mark Goodings, to name but a few of the full grid, who will be wanting to be first to the flag ahead of their rival.
Four of the top six finishers in the six-lap 2018 Supertwin race, Jonathan Perry, Rob Hodson, Jamie Williams and Dave Moffitt will be all going for the top spot on the podium this year although they will have to keep a sharp eye out for the on-form Yorkshireman.
The feature race of the evening, the Colas Superbike race, Jamie Coward will have another previous winner in 2015, Ryan Kneen keeping him honest along with other locals, Michael Evans, Nathan Harrison, Dean Osborne and Jamie Williams and to keep the ‘pot boiling’ add in Mark Goodings, Jonathan Perry, Rob Hodson, Michael Russell and Rhys Hardisty, it will be a case of blink and you will have missed the action as they battle for the chequered cloth at the end of eight-laps some 34 miles.
Gilwern rider Rhys Hardisty will also be busy as he prepares his Reps Motorcycles 600 Yamaha; RH Racing 250 Yamaha and his GaterLWG 1000 BMW. Rhys finished sixth in the 1100cc race last year.
Over the 28-years that the Post TT Road races have been held the entry lists have included the cream of the road rac- ers including Ian Lougher with 12 wins; Joey Dunlop with 11. Jason Griffiths and Chris Palmer tie on 10. William Dunlop and Ryan Farquhar are equal on 8 and James Cowton amassed 6 victories.
The 2019 Colas Post TT Road Races take place on Saturday 8th June, with practice between 1.00pm and 4.00pm. Races takes place between 5.00pm and 8.30pm.
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BUMPER ENTRY FOR BLACKFORD’S PRE-TT CLASSIC
With entries now closed for the Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races, organisers, Southern 100 Racing are pleased to confirm that a total of 241 entries have been accepted for this year’s races, which take place on Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday 24th, 25th & 27th May 2019.
Last year’s race winners, Mike Hose, Keith Shannon, Dominic Herbertson, Steve Ferguson, Michael Evans and Eddy Wright/Kieran Clarke head a list of the crème de la crème of Classic Racers as they compete for a share of the £14,540.00 prize fund over a total of eight races.
The Senior (500cc) and Junior (350cc) races have proved the most popular, both saw Dominic Herbertson take the winners laurels in 2018.
This year in the Greystone LLC 500cc Race the Hexham rider will have the likes of Will Loder, Vic Haskell, Arthur Browning, Chris McGahan, Steve Ferguson, Barry Davidson, Sam Kinkead, Meredydd Owen, Steve Elliott, Mike Hose, Bill Swallow, Alan Oversby, Jamie Coward and Adam McLean to name just a few to contend with before the chequered flag appears after eight hectic laps of the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course.
The above ‘culprits’ also join the mix for the Friends Provident International 350cc Race, with the addition of Dave Matravers, Ed Manly, Ben Rea, Bob Owen and Keith Shannon adding to the excitement.
The A D Hewett Dental Practice 850cc Race has once again attracted a full grid headed by 2018 winner Steve Ferguson, Bob Owen (2nd), Dave Matravers (3rd), and ensuring a close race, Will Loder, Arthur Browning, Chris McGahan, Jeff Ward, Alec Whitwell, Barry Davidson, Sam Kinkead, Meredydd Owen, Ed Manley, Ben Rea, Steve Elliott, Mike Hose, Bill Swallow, Jamie Coward, Richard Ford, Dominic Herbertson plus others.
Office Equipment Service once again sponsor the 350cc/250cc Singles Race and last year’s winners Mike Hose and Keith Shannon appear to be the men to beat. Amongst those who will be out to do just that include Will Loder, Ian Bainbridge, Ed Poole, Vic Haskell, Arthur Browning, Chris McGahan, Brian Nicholls, Jim Porter, Sam Kinkead, Dave Matravers, Rich Bool, Meredydd Owen, Bill Swallow and Bob Owen.
The six lap Quine & Cubbon Printers Lightweight Race has attracted 23 entries and once again it would appear that Mike Hose will be the man to get the better of on his 250cc Ariel Arrow. The Moreton man will have Jeff Ward, Brian Mateer, Barry Davidson (3rd, 4th & 5th last year), Ian Bainbridge, Chris McGahan, Rich Bool, Bill Swallow, Keith Shannon, Richard Ford, Geoff Bates and Bob Owen and others to keep at bay in his attempt to get to the chequered flag and retain his trophy.
Manxman Michael Evans returns to defend his 2018 race victory in the 4 Hire Post Classic Superbike Race however he will have another 28 competitors vying for the winners laurels, they include Jeff Ward, Alec Whitwell, Dennis Booth, Colin Croft, Tim Poole, Adrian Kershaw, Ben Rea, Mike Hose, Hefyn Owen, Jamie Coward, Mark Herbertson, Rob Hodson, Rhys Hardisty, Adrian Harrison, Paul Jordan and Alistair Haworth.
Sadly, the Geoff Duke Junior Superbike Race will have a new name on the unique trophy, with James Cowton having dominated this race since its first running in 2014.
With 22 lining up on the grid amongst the favourites will be Barry Davidson, Tom Snow, Rhys Hardisty, Gary Vines and Brian Nicholls on 250cc two-stroke twins, whilst Colin Croft, Tim Poole, Andy Sailor, Andrew Cowie, Gavin Brown and Alistair Haworth will be on 600cc four-cylinder four stoke machines.
The two Sidecar races have the honour of opening and closing the races at this year’s Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races, their first race being on the Saturday afternoon after qualifying has concluded and bring the curtain down on the main race day, Bank Holiday Monday.
Entries are slightly down on last year; however, lack of quantity is made up by the quality of the entry, headed by Eddy Wright and Kieran Clarke, who showed a clean pair of heels (in the case of the passenger) to everyone during the 2018 races, taking three wins from three starts.
This year the Tadcaster pairing will have to contend with the likes of Wally Saunders with Bob Dowty in the chair, Howard Langham & Doug Chandler, Tony Thirkell & Trevor Johnson, Andy Nourish and Dutch passenger Nicolia Klinker, Keith Walters & Alun Thomas, Frenchman Patrick Geffray and Andy Haynes, Greg Lambert & Ben McBride, Rod Bellas & Danny Quirk, Mike Cookson & Kenny Cole and Philip Boote with Jayne Morris in the chair.
It is encouraging to see a total of 11 Newcomers are racing this year, Dean Edwards (Hemel Hampstead), John Cliffe (Whitby), Steve Birtles (Northwich), Andy Farrell (Skerries), Keith Clarke (Shefford, Beds), Dean Stimpson (Doddington, Cambs), Julian Trummer (Austria), David Mead ( Welshpool), Dave Holden (Perth, Scotland), Andy Kildea (Newtownards) and Mark Purslow (Ceredigion, Wales) and three newcomers to the Pre-TT Classic, but have raced on the Colas Billown Course previously, they are Gavin Brown (Port Erin), Richard Ford (Garstang) and Alistair Haworth (Millom).
Southern 100 Racing look forward to welcoming all competitors, officials, marshals and race fans, old and new to the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races 2019 and wish everyone a safe, exciting and enjoyable time whilst on the Isle of Man.
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EARLY CLASSIC ENTRIES ENCOURAGING FOR BLACKFORD’S PRE-TT CLASSIC ROAD RACES
Regulations and Entry Forms for the 2019 Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races have only recently become available and already race organisers have received nearly 100 entries for the popular races.
Most popular class in the nine-race programme at present is the Senior (500cc) with 20 entries with the Junior (350cc) race attracting 19, whilst the 250cc/350cc Singles race has 18, followed by the 850cc Class with 16.
Early entries have been received from Will Loder, Alec Whitwell, Steve Ferguson, Barry Davidson and Jeff Ward.
The ever-popular sidecars have so far 5 entries which include Wal Saunders, Tony Thirkell, Howard Langham and Eddy Wright.
The Pre-TT Classic Road Races have been run since 1988 and 2019 sees the 31st running of the prestigious races with Blackford Financial Services continuing the title sponsorship from 2000.
The 2019 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races takes place on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Bank Holiday Monday 27th May.
DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 BLACKFORD’S PRE-TT CLASSIC ROAD RACES
Southern 100 Racing, organisers of the Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races are pleased to confirm dates for 2019 as Friday, Saturday and Monday, 24th, 25th & 27th May on the Colas Billown Course.
The race organisers have decided to revert to the successful format of recent years, of the Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and all day on the Monday, having moved the ‘main race day’ forward to the Sunday afternoon and evening this year.
Club Chairman, George Peach explained the reasons:
‘The Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races have traditionally been held on the Friday, Saturday and the Monday, which is normally a Bank Holiday, and on occasion we have received special road closing orders for the Sunday racing to fit in with TT celebrations, so when the new Road Race Act 2016 came fully into force this year – the club made the decision to move to the Sunday, which was fairly successful.
‘However, with the new act, should the Saturday evening TT practice be cancelled for whatever reason, they had priority to hold the practice session on the Sunday, which would mean us having to delay our races until the Monday, which appears simple enough, except that the TT decision to postpone their session could be made late evening on the Saturday.
‘We then have to notify our competitors, officials, marshals and medical personnel - many of whom are also volunteers on duty on the TT Course – causing more disruption to peoples plans.’
The Chairman continued:
‘After this year’s Classic races, we had our usual debrief and the general feeling was that in previous year’s most people had a ‘day-off’ on the Sunday. The feedback from the competitors was similar, in that it gave them a day to check their machines over prior to the main race day, especially those who raced on the Saturday afternoon.
‘The resulting decision by the directors was to revert to the ‘tried and tested’ formula, which the club hopes will be agreeable to all who are planning to compete and be involved with the 2019 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races.’
It is envisaged that the race programme will be similar to the previous recent years and once the regulations have been approved by the ACU will be posted out to this year’s competitors and will be available to download from the clubs official website: www.southern100.com.
Remember to put the dates for the 2019 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races in your diary – Friday, Saturday and Monday, 24th, 25th & 27th May 2019.