On This Day: 10th July

On This Day: 10th July

Today marks officially one year since race action began at the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company supported Southern 100 of 2019.

Dean Harrison surged to Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior race honours, finishing over 10 seconds clear of nearest pursuer 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop.

Whilst the Radcliffe Butchers Supersport race saw current Senior TT Champion Harrison edge out PreZ Racing’s Jamie Coward, following an entertaining race long battle which ultimately saw Harrison emerge victorious by just 0.416 of a second, to take his Southern 100 wins tally to 20.

Photo by Mark Corlett

The prior JCK Ltd Supersport B race would see Glastonbury’s Lee Hembury join the S100 winners circle, after a prodigious late burst of pace to hold off Frankie Stennett and KY-Jax Racing’s Ben Shuttlewood.

Wednesday evening’s competition at Billown concluded with a first class duel for Mike Kerruish Plumbing Super Twins success.

Favourite for class honours, TT Privateers champion Jamie Coward was in control of the seven lap race, prior to crashing out of contention at Church Bends on lap three.

Following Coward’s misfortune, this allowed his KTS Racing team mate Rob Hodson and Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Herbertson to duke it out for race spoils.

There was nothing in it throughout laps four and five between the 650 Kawasaki mounted duo, whilst the sixth and final lap provided more first rate action.

Come the completion of one of the all time great twin class Billown battles, it was ultimately 2018 Junior Classic TT champion Herbertson who edged out Hodson for race victory, by only 0.020 of a second! The sixth closest finish in Southern 100 history.

Jonathan Perry rounded out the rostrum finishers, whilst lead newcomer Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis claimed an excellent fourth place finish.

Words by Stevie Rial

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