2024 Southern 100: Tuesday Qualifying As It Unfolded

2024 Southern 100: Tuesday Qualifying As It Unfolded

6:05 PM – Roads close

6:12 PM – Mixed, damp conditions in prospect for riders.

6:20 PM – Rain, rain, rain! Popping up at Billown.

6:27 PM – Course conditions rapidly changing

6:31 PM – 1100cc qualifying due to commence

6:34 PM – Qualifying underway, Dominic Herbertson, Jean Pierre Polet, Paul Jordan amongst the first to venture out.

6:36 PM – Senior TT winner Davey Todd, first to complete to a lap.

6:40 PM – Dean Harrison sets the initial pace, 98.025 mph (2.36.082), the times sheet topping time from the Honda Racing UK rider.

6:41 PM – Davey Todd (2.39.513)

6:42 PM – BE/RK Racing’s Dominic Herbertson goes quickest, then Jamie Coward goes fastest, 99 mph + (2.33.308).

6:44 PM – Michael Dunlop, second quickest, (2.33.749).

6:45 PM – Dean Harrison, now P3 on the live timing screens.

6:46 PM – Jamie Coward on pole position for tonight’s Senior race. Michael Dunlop, Dean Harrison complete the front row.

The second-row features Dominic Herbertson, Michael Browne and Jackson Racing’s Paul Jordan.

6:47 PM – S100 debutant, Imatranajo wizard Erno Kostamo an impressive seventh quickest.

6:50 PM – Billown course, reported to be increasingly drying.

6:52 PM – Super Twins qualifying underway

6:59 PM – Coward, Browne, Rob Hodson, Todd astride the Dafabet Racing Kawasaki, Joe Yeardsley, Stephen McKnight the top six, post opening flying laps.

7:01 PM – Hodson, Todd record new PB lap times, 2:40.620, 2:41.136 respectively.

7:02 PM – Michael Sweeney usurps Yeardsley, goes fifth fastest.

7:03 PM – 3.2 seconds cover the top four.

7:04 PM – 96.371 mph, Coward ups the pace, consolidates qualifying victory.

7:05 PM – Hodson, Todd, Browne, Yeardsley finish second, third, fourth, fifth quickest.

7:06 PM – Skerries Sprint winner Sweeney, Marc Colvin, Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams, Stephen McKnight, Kelly Carruthers sixth-tenth.

7:09 PM – Supersport qualifying, (white-plates) next out.

7:10 PM – Dean Harrison not aboard works Honda tackle, piloting jet black liveried, Apache Automotive sponsored Honda machinery.

7:15 PM – Supersport vaults (white-plated competitors) descend upon Billown.

7:22 PM – Solid pace from ‘Friendly Races’ newcomer, Peoples Bike Team’s Grant Thomson (2.48.186).

7:28 PM – Matt Mylchreest (94.377 mph) tops the white-plated Supersport racers qualifying session, laps at nigh on sub 2:42 seconds, (2.42.116). Kelly Carruthers, Craig Howton second, third quickest.

7:31 PM – Supersport qualifying, (yellow-plate exponents) next out.

7:36 PM – Jonathan Perry, Barry Furber first past the finish-line.

7:38 PM – Paul Jordan to the top, 2:35.835 seconds.

7:40 PM – Bob Smith Spring Cup winner Michael Browne (101.081 – 2:31.364 seconds) takes over qualifying leadership reigns.

7:41 PM – Michael Dunlop second fastest, 2:34.856 seconds.

7:42 PM – Jamie Williams, 2:33.015 seconds, Paul Jordan 2:34.655 seconds.

7:43 PM – Browne (102.489 mph) goes faster, 2:29.285 seconds. Dominic Herbertson (2.31.904), now second quickest.

7:45 PM – The top three, Browne (last lap – 2:26.969), Herbertson, Jordan all top, the 100-mph lap-mark.

7:46 PM – TT wins record holder Dunlop (100.682) seals front-row spot for opening Supersport race-contest. Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing’s Browne takes pole ahead of Super Twins TT rostrum finisher Herbertson.

7:48 PM – Jordan, Williams, Joe Yeardsley fourth to sixth fastest.

7:49 PM – Soon three-wheeling time!

7:52 PM – World Champions, TT giants, S100 maestros all participating.

7:58 PM – Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie rapidest (2.38.386), closely followed by the Crowes Ryan & Callum.

7:59 PM – The Crowes take provisional pole, (2.35.441). just 0.053 separate them and Crawford/Hardie.

8:00 PM – All-star leader-board top six.

8:01 PM – Crowes finish the swiftest driver/passenger pairing, pipping Crawford/Hardie.

8:02 PM – Ben Birchall/Kevin Rousseau P3, Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes P4, Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley P5, Alan Founds/Rhys Gibbons P6.

Photo credit: Mark Corlett

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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