SUCCESSFUL RETURN TO SOUTHERN 100 FOR SWEENEY
Michael Sweeney returned to the 2019 Southern 100 following his debut at Billown last year and secured three podium finishes to cap off a memorable week for the amiable Irish rider.
In the morning session of Championship Day, Sweeney managed to put his Yamaha R6 on the podium finishing behind Dean Harrison and Jamie Coward. The afternoon’s session saw a repeat performance in the Bettridges Of Foxdale Car Sales 600cc Race to make it two middleweight podiums out of two.
The Ocean Motor Village 250/650cc Race was to bring Sweeney’s best finish of the week as he secured second place on the Keily Heating backed Kawasaki, finishing behind double Southern 100 winner Dominic Herbertson and ten seconds ahead of Billown newcomer, Xavier Denis.
In Thursday’s two 1000cc races the Martin Jones Racing backed Sweeney finished in a very credible 6th and 7th places. There was also an 8th place finish in Wednesday evening’s Radcliffe Butchers 600cc Race and an 8th place finish in the Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race.
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SOUTHERN 100 CHAMPIONSHIP DAY RECAP
Racing got underway at the Southern 100 in ideal conditions and fans were treated to some amazing action around the Billown course.
David McConnachy took victory in the JCK Ltd 600cc Race 2. The Cramlington rider had to fight through some early battles for the lead but as the race developed he managed to gain a lead and he crossed the line onboard his Yamaha R6 to take victory by two seconds from Nutbourne’s Don Gilbert. Dennis Booth was in third place.
The day’s opening Ace Hire sidecar race was a dramatic affair which was won by last year’s Sidecar Champions Tim Reeves/ Mark Wilkes.
After a race-long duel with no less than four outfits, Reeves and Wilkes managed to take the win with Alan Founds / Jake Lowther finishing as runners up. Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley crossed the line in third place.
In the GH Corlett Solo Founders Race, Dennis Booth took the overall victory by 6.7s over Jean-Pierre Polet in second spot. Richard Elgin was third overall. Marc Colvin was the first 650cc machine home to take a class win and Tim Burrows was the leading 600cc machine to finish.
In the Station Garage Sidecar Consolation Race, newcomers Ryan Crowe / Callum Crowe took victory by 1.4s over John Lowther / Robert Child in second place with Michael Russell / Tom Bryant completing the podium places.
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FOUNDS AND WALMSLEY WIN THRILLING SIDECAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE AT THE SOUTHERN 100
Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley wrapped up their week’s work by securing their first Southern 100 Sidecar Championship.
The Rowtec Suzuki powered duo held off a strong challenge from the Silicone Engineering / Barnes Racing duo of John Holden and Lee Cain with only 0.131s separating both teams as they took the chequered flag. The lead changed hands midway through the race and Founds / Walmsley had to fight their back into first place and the joy was visible for all to see as they took a hard earned victory.
Lee Crawford/ Scott Hardie finished in a fine third place +14.769s back on the winners. Last year’s champions and race winners in the day’s earlier sidecar race, Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes were penalised ten seconds for a jump start.
Daryl Blake Construction Sidecar Championship Race
1 72 Pete Founds/ Jevan Walmsley 15:25.253
2 2 John Holden/ Lee Cain +0.131
3 17 Lee Crawford/ Scott Hardie +14.769
4 44 Alan Founds/ Jake Lowther
5 3 Conrad Harrison/ Andy Winkle
6 55 *Michael Russell/ Tom Bryant
7 9 *Michael Kirkup/ Arlo Brown
8 23 *Richard Hackney/ Dave Ryder
9 33 *Shaun Chandler/ Ben Chandler
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DOMINANT WEEK FOR DEAN HARRISON AS HE CLINCHES ANOTHER SOUTHERN 100 SOLO CHAMPIONSHIP
Dean Harrison enjoyed a truly dominant week of top class roads performances which culminated in the Bradford rider clinching his third Southern 100 solo championship crown.
The Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider capped off his week with a victory in the Hunt’s Motorcycles Solo Championship Race. He led for the entire 9-lap race and took the chequered flag by a winning margin of 14.8s over Ryan Kneen. Rob Hodson was in third place.
The 2019 Isle Of Man Senior TT winner was imperious throughout practice and racing and his third solo championship now means he is tied with Guy Martin and the great Joey Dunlop on three wins and his tally of wins this week, he now has 24 around Billown, means that only Ian Lougher and Joey Dunlop are ahead of him.
Dean Harrison’s results for the 2019 Southern 100
Bettridges Of Foxdale Car Sales 600cc Race
1 1 Dean Harrison 16:34.025 l
2 36 Jamie Coward +2.461
3 65 Michael Sweeney +17.134
Hunt’s Motorcycles Solo Championship Race
1 1 Dean Harrison 20:34.256
2 10 Ryan Kneen +14.832
3 44 Rob Hodson +15.219
S&S Motors 600cc Race
1 1 Dean Harrison 17:09.390
2 36 Jamie Coward +0.268
3 65 Michael Sweeney +16.276
Island Aggregates Senior Race
1 1 Dean Harrison 16:16.926
2 6 Sam West +11.621
3 36 Jamie Coward +12.858
Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race
1 Dean Harrison 15:55.055
2 Michael Dunlop +10.504
3 Jamie Coward +25.867
Radcliffe Butchers 600cc Race
1 1 Dean Harrison 16:32.459
2 36 Jamie Coward +0.416
3 5 Michael Evans +26.966
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DOMINIC HERBERTSON DOES THE DOUBLE AT THE SOUTHERN 100
Dominic Herbertson romped home in today’s Ocean Motor Village 250/650cc Race at the Southern 100 to complete a clean sweep in the Supertwins class.
Herbertson, stepping in for the injured Paul Jordan on the Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki, was utterly dominant and led from start to finish eventually crossing the line with a healthy winning margin of +19.023 over Ireland’s Michael Sweeney. Xavier Denis took a hard earned and very impressive third place on his debut at Billown.
The early to middle stages of the race saw Herbertson duelling with Rob Hodson, but after Hodson was forced to retire with two laps to go, the pressure was off Herbertson leaving him with a huge lead and he was free to coast to the finish to secure his second win of the week and cap off a terrific meeting for the ever popular English rider.
Ocean Motor Village 250/650cc Race
1 2 Dominic Herbertson 15:02.759
2 65 Michael Sweeney +19.023
3 182 *Xavier Denis +29.142
4 5 Michael Evans
5 64 Stephen McKnight
6 75 Dave Moffitt
7 16 Dan Sayle
8 31 Brad Vicars
9 46 Anthony Redmond
10c67 Gavin Brown
11 23 Adrian Kershaw
12 89 Sean Seddon
13 121 Jack Fowler
14 128 Paul Gartland
15 66 *Garth Woods
16 28 Tom Snow
17 85 Laurence Cummins
18 43 Adrian Skaife
19 13 Jack Petrie
20 54 *Bradley Wilson
21 63 Andrew Castle
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BOOTH SHINES AT BILLOWN
Dennis Booth capped off a tremendous championship day at the Southern 100 Road Races with a win and a third place.
Ballymena rider Booth got the day off to a great start in the thrilling JCK Ltd 600 Race which saw the lead change hands in the early stages before finally settling towards the finale.
Riding his 600cc Kawasaki, Booth finished in a fine third place 2.9s adrift of winner David McConnachy and nine tenths off second placed Don Gilbert.
The GH Corlett Solo Founders Race was the next one up and Booth was untouchable as he romped home in a total race time of 15:13.149 to cross the finish line 6.7s clear of Jean-Pierre Polet in second place. Richard Eglin rounded off the podium finishers.
GH Corlett Solo Founders Race
1 26 Dennis Booth 15:13.149 (1st combined)
2 119 Jean-Pierre Polet +6.711 (2nd combined)
3 32 Richard Eglin +11.375 (3rd combined)
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DEAN HARRISON DOES THE DOUBLE TO SEAL SUPERBIKE AND SUPERSPORT WINS AT THE SOUTHERN 100
Dean Harrison carried his qualifying pace into race mode on Wednesday evening claiming victory in the Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race and the Radcliffe Butchers 600cc Race to take his tally of wins at the Southern 100 to twenty.
Bradford’s Harrison was in superb form as he dominated the Superbike race onboard the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki taking the first race of the week with a winning margin of 10.504s over Tyco BMW’s Michael Dunlop, and setting a new class race record with a time of 15:55.055s. Prez Racing’s Jamie Coward took a fine third place.
In the Radcliffe Butchers 600cc race it was Harrison who again tasted glory but he was made to fight tooth and nail for it having had to pass Yamaha minuted Jamie Coward and then keep the Prez Racing rider behind him. At the end of the seven lap race Harrison’s winning margin over Coward was a mere 0.4s. Michael Evans, onboard the Wilcock Consulting Honda 600, rounded out the podium places.
In the evening’s other supersport race at a Billown, the J.C.K. Ltd. 600cc B Race, it was another thriller with Lee Hembury running out the victor onboard his Yamaha R6 machine.
The Glastonbury rider had to fight his way through a supersport train of riders to eventually seal victory over Manx rider Frankie Stennett by 0.7s. Leicester’s Ben Shuttlewood was 1.6s back on Hembury to cap off a richly deserved final podium place.
Michael Mace and Don Gilbert finished in 4th and 5th places respectively with newcomer Daniel Forbes finishing in 6th. Rad Hughes was in 7th place with Alan Johnston, Michael Brew and Jack Fowler making up the rest of the top ten.
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DOMINIC HERBERTSON SECURES SUPERTWINS SUCCESS AND TAKES MAIDEN SOUTHERN 100 VICTORY
Dominic Herbertson secured his maiden Southern 100 win in the Mike Kerruish Plumbing & Heating Engineer 250/650cc Race on Wednesday evening in what was a thrilling and dramatic encounter.
Herbertson, riding the Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki and stepping in for the injured Paul Jordan, sealed victory by a mere 0.020s from Wigan’s Rob Hodson. Jonathan Perry finished 34s back on Herbertson to take the final podium position.
Pre-race favourite Jamie Coward clocked the fastest lap of the race (2:28.205s / 103.235mph) on lap 2 but crashed at Church Bends on the next lap while leading.
The left Herbertson and Hodson to duke it out for the remainder of the race and provide the fans with an interlude compelling finish to one of the more dramatic Billown encounters.
Mike Kerruish Plumbing & Heating Engineer 250/650cc Race
1 2 Dominic Herbertson 15:03.542
2 44 Rob Hodson +0.020
3 42 Jonathan Perry +34.297
4 182 *Xavier Denis
5 75 Dave Moffitt
6 5 Michael Evans
7 46 Anthony Redmond
8 30 Richard Charlton
9 121 Jack Fowler
10 31 Brad Vicars
11 48 Marc Colvin
12 23 Adrian Kershaw
13 128 Paul Gartland
14 67 Gavin Brown
15 89 Sean Seddon
16 66 *Garth Woods
17 28 Tom Snow
18 43 Adrian Skaife
19 69 David Jones
20 63 Andrew Castle
21 54 *Bradley Wilson
22 76 *Neil Mason
23 85 Laurence Cummins
Fastest Lap: No. 36 Jamie Coward 2m 28.205s 103.235mph on Lap 2
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SOUTHERN 100 TUESDAY PRACTICE REPORT AS DEAN HARRISON SECURES SUPERSPORT AND SUPERBIKE POLE
Dean Harrison secured a brace of pole positions tonight during second practice at Billown. The reigning Southern 100 solo champion stormed to pole in both the Supersport and Superbike classes onboard his Silicone Racing Kawasaki machinery.
2019 Senior TT winner Harrison’s best lap of the evening was 2:17.233 which was good enough to see off the challenge of double Southern 100 solo champion Michael Dunlop, riding for Tyco BMW. Dunlop’s best lap was 2:18.118, almost a second behind Harrison but just over two seconds quicker than third place man, Prez Racing’s Jamie Coward 2:20.513.
Next to Coward was Rob Hodson (2:22.104) in fourth with fifth place man Michael Evans managing a best time of 2:22.726. Sam West (2:23.013) and Michael Sweeney (2:24.366) will start at 6th and 7th respectively with Ryan Kneen (2:24.790), Mark Parrett (2:25.286), and Rhys Hardisty (2:25.347) rounding out the top ten.
Harrison will also begin the week’s middleweight encounters on pole following his 2.21.972 lap this evening which was good enough to see the Prez Racing Yamaha Of Jamie Coward who lapped at 2.22.684.
Michael Dunlop, still fighting his way back to full fitness following a pre-season injury, will start from this onboard his own MD Racing Honda after lapping at 2.22.819. That lap was almost three seconds quicker than 4th fastest man Michael Evans on the Wilcock Construction Honda.
Davies Motorsport rider Dominic Herbertson will start from 5th with local rider Nathan Harrison following him in sixth place. Sam West starts from 7th onboard the PRL Yamaha and he will have Rob Hodson behind him on the grid in 8th. Michael Sweeney and Stephen Parsons complete the top ten.
COWARD GRABS SUPERTWINS POLE
Jamie Coward put his KTS Kawasaki on pole for the Supertwins races with a fastest lap of 2.29.410. The Hebden Bridge rider has been in scorching form throughout this season and particularly in the Supertwins class having managed to gain podium finishes at both the North West 200 and Isle Of Man TT.
Starting behind Coward in second place is Kawasaki mounted Rob Hodson (2.30.094). Hodson will have the Dafabet Kawasaki of Dominic Herbertson behind him in third. Herbertson managed a lap of 2.31.724 this evening which was 2.3s faster than fourth place man Michael Sweeney (2.34.079). Winsford’s Jonathan Perry goes off in 5th with Banbridge rider Stephen McKnight in 6th.
Michael Evans, Xavier Denis, Dave Moffitt and Anthony Redmond complete the top ten grid positions.
Tim Reeves/ Mark Wilkes will start from pole following outfit’s lap of 2:32.882. The reigning sidecar champions will start ahead of nearest rivals, Pete Founds/ Jevan Walmsley
Alan Founds/ Jake Lowther (2:34.971) begin from 3rd with the pairing of John Holden/ Lee Cain (2:35.046) starting from 4th onboard the Silicone Engineering / Barnes Racing backed LCR Honda.
Lee Crawford / Scott Hardie (2:36.061) start from 5th followed by Steve and Matty Ramsden (2:41.000). Estelle LeBlond / Frank Claeys (2:41.081) go from 7th on the grid with Wayne Lockey / Mark Sayers (2:42.283) and Conrad Harrison / Andy Winkle (2:42.777) beginning from 8th and 9th respectively. Newcomers Ryan Crowe / Callum Crowe (2:44.217) complete the top ten grid places.
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SOUTHERN 100 - FIRST PRACTICE REPORT
The 2019 Southern 100 got underway yesterday evening and last year’s solo champion Dean Harrison was bang on form topping the timesheets in the 600cc class.
It wasn’t the best of sessions with adverse weather around the Billown course causing the riders to approach their work with caution.
In the 1000cc class, Manx Grand Prix winner Michael Evans came out on top with a time of 2:35.511 onboard the Wilcock Construction BMW S1000RR, and he was followed by Mark Parrett who was nigh on five seconds slower. Third quickest was Manx rider Ryan Kneen.
Silicone Racing’s Dean Harrison topped the middleweight times with a time of 2.42.864 and his nearest rival was Prez Racing’s Jamie Coward, 2.44.633. Third fastest overall was the ever popular Dominic Herbertson (2.50.033) onboard the Davies Motorsport Kawasaki.
Jamie Coward went one better in the Supertwins session onboard the KTS Racing Kawasaki as he managed to lap at 2:44.798, eight seconds quicker than second fastest man Rob Hodson. Stephen McKnight
was third fastest overall with a time of 2:52.899
In the sidecar session it was the pairing of Pete Founds/ Jevan Walmsley who headed the timesheets (2:51.655) with Lee Crawford/ Scott Hardie (2:53.971) in second place and Tim Reeves/ Mark Wilkes (2:55.313) in third.
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ENTIRES ENCOURAGING FOR 2019 SOUTHERN 100
As the closing date for entries for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races approaches, organisers Southern 100 Racing are encouraged by the number of entries received so far for the thirteen-race programme which takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th July 2019.
With races for Superbike, Supersport, Supertwins and TT Spec F2 Sidecars, including the Sidecar Championship, a 600cc Challenge Race and the prestigious Solo Championship race total entries received to date are 110 which compares favourably with last year in the classes being run in 2019.
In addition to riders from the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Eire, Wales, Scotland and England, entries have also been received from Austria, Belgium, France and Russia.
Current and previous Champions and race winners are expected to be in the final entry list when published.
Southern 100 Racing look forward to welcoming old and new friends to the ‘friendly races’ to enjoy the close exciting mass-start racing that the 4.25 mile Colas Billown Course has become famous for since the first races in July 1955.
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CHLOE RECEIVES ‘SPECIAL’ AWARD
January 18th saw the annual Cornmarket Awards ceremony held in Belfast where the accolades for the Irish Road Races for the preceding year are recognised.
It goes without saying the 2018 season was not without significant tragedy, however the ceremony was handled beautifully by hosts Keith Huewen and Stephen Watson and the evening passed with a respectful mix of celebration and emotion.
In the hotly contested ‘Race of the Year’ category sponsored by Bet McLean and voted for by the public vs a panel of judges, in a poll closing minutes before the ceremony saw a resounding result declared - James Cowton as the award recipient for his stunning victory in the JM Paterson sponsored Supertwin Race at the North West 200.
Sam Morton representing James’s partner Chloe Black and his family, stepped on stage to collect the award for James together Mervyn White who collected an award as the hosting event. Both made a short acceptance speech in which Sam in hers told the audience that ‘in a heartbeat I wish he were here to accept the award in person’ and ‘given that the award was voted for by the public I hope it gives some comfort to the family further extending the love and support the race community and race family has shown them’. Many top riders and guests attending the event went on to further support the award result with comments like ‘It was truly deserved as it was a brilliant race with an edge of the seat finish’.
The Cornmarket organisers later asked where the award would reside. Sam explained it would travel back to the Isle of Man with her temporarily for Chloe to collect when she next visited which was likely to be for the Southern 100 Annual Dinner. It was muted to approach the Southern 100 committee and see if a collaboration was possible for the Southern 100 to host the onward presentation to Chloe given that whilst the presentation at the Cornmarket ceremony had clearly been emotional it was equally a very positive and celebratory experience.
On to Saturday 16th February and the Southern 100 Annual Dinner at the Best Western Place Hotel & Casino in Douglas, Manx Radio’s Tim Glover informed the gathered guests of the very special presentation and invited both Sam Morton and Chloe Black to the ‘stage’.
Sam Morton duly presented the Duleek Vase to Chloe, which Chloe accepted with heartfelt thanks to Sam for collecting and taking care of the Award and to the Southern 100 for making the presentation possible. Both ladies left the centre stage to a standing ovation.
Later in the evening the Japanese company CSA, who during the three races on the Colas Billown Course during last year presented all the race winners with special medallions, made a special ‘Brave Heart’ presentation to Chloe Black and to Dan Sayle, Tony Duncan and Paul Corrin.
Photo by Jim Gibson
SOUTHERN 100 CLUB CHAIRMAN HONOURED
Southern 100 Racing’s Club Chairman, George Peach is never normally rendered speechless, but he certainly was at the Clubs Annual Dinner, at the Best Western Palace Hotel & Casino in Douglas when the Chairman of Castletown Commissioners, Colin Leather presented him with an Illuminated Address in recognition of his service to the ‘Friendly Races’, having first joined the Committee in 1982, becoming Secretary in 1989 and elevated to Chairman in February 2018.
George having regained his vocal chords thanked the Castletown Commissioners, the people of Ancient Capital and everyone present for the kind gesture, but said, that none of his involvement would have been possible without the support and backing of his wife Sue.
The Citation reads:
Presented to George Philip Peach
In recognition of his tireless, long and committed public service to Castletown, the Southern 100 Motorcycle Club and the Motor Cycle Community Worldwide. It is recognised that as a long-standing
member of the Southern 100 Club, joining the Southern 100 Committee in 1982 and being appointed in
2018 at the club’s Chairman, being the 6th such appointment since the organisation was in augurated in 1955, to organise the Billown Circuit Races, known as:
The Southern 100 – the ‘friendly Races’
We the undersigned Commissioners for the Town of Castletown record on behalf of the residents of Castletown our sincere thanks and gratitude for your many years of dedication to the Southern 100 Races, its Competitors and fans, and to Castletown and the Isle of Man.
This illuminated address is a token of our thanks for your devoted service which has been given freely and without hesitation.
Signed by the Chairman, Members and Town Clerk, 16th February 2019
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