Road Racing News

Southern 100: First Practice Round Up

Supersport:

Let’s be honest day one of competition at the 2019 Southern 100, didn’t go entirely to plan largely due to course communication system problems and mixed weather embarking upon Billown.

Despite the arduous, difficult conditions, back to back Southern 100 solo champion Dean Harrison showed a not surprising impressive turn of pace, to surge to the top of the overall Supersport times sheet.

Competing in the session for competitors carrying yellow plates, Dunlop Senior TT winner Harrison (2.42.864), lapped at just a shade below the 94 mph lap mark, to finish over 1.7 seconds faster than nearest pursuer PreZ Racing’s Jamie Coward (2.44.633).

TT Privateers champion Coward, was in turn 5.4 seconds quicker than third quickest Davies Motorsport’s Dominic Herbertson (2.50.033).

Concluding the overall top ten Supersport competitors from this evening’s timed action were Richard Charlton (2.50.448), VRS Racing’s Brad Vicars (2.50.541), Steven Haddow (2.51.824), lead newcomer, quickest white plated pilot Xavier Denis (2.52.426).

Chris Preston supported Nathan Harrison (2.53.352), Adrian Kershaw (2.53.767) and middleweight class legend, 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop (2.54.258).

Photo by Mark Corlett

Combined Supersport first practice result, is as follows:

1 Dean Harrison 2.42.864
2 Jamie Coward 2.44.633
3 Dominic Herbertson 2.50.033
4 Richard Charlton 2.50.448
5 Brad Vicars 2.50.541
6 Steven Haddow 2.51.824
7 Xavier Denis 2.52.426
8 Nathan Harrison 2.53.352
9 Adrian Kershaw 2.53.767
10 Michael Dunlop 2.54.258
11 Mike Mace 2.54.316
12 Mike Norbury 2.54.373
13 Paul Cassidy 2.54.530
14 Michael Sweeney 2.56.111
15 Dennis Booth 2.57.008
16 Jason Wilkes 2.57.044
17 Jamie Williams 2.57.144
18 Stephen Smith 2.58.185
19 Jack Fowler 2.59.114
20 Barry Furber 2.59.586

Super Twins:

Reflecting on tonight’s Super Twins action, KTS Racing’s Jamie Coward backed up his status as favourite for twin class honours, with a truly dominant display, finishing fastest by almost eight seconds!

Coward who registered a best lap time of 2 minutes 44.798 seconds, was the only rider this evening to dip under the 2 minute 50 second mark.

Photo by Mark Corlett

New KTS Racing team mate Rob Hodson (2.52.697) who took second place on the times sheet, was closely followed by respected roads stalwart Stephen McKnight (2.52.899), just over two tenths of a second behind the 2015 Super Twins Manx GP winner.

Paul Gartland (2.54.167) finished fourth quickest, Rhys Hardisty (2.54.197) and his trusty TZ 250 Yamaha steed placed fifth fastest as multiple S100 race winner Adrian Kershaw (2.55.305) wrapped up the top six in first practice.

Finalising tonight’s ten quickest 650 machinery exponents were Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis (2.56.352), new Twin class lap record holder at Skerries, Michael Sweeney (2.58.034), Richard Charlton (2.58.227) and Jonathan Perry (2.59.818).

Super Twins first practice result, is as follows:

1 Jamie Coward 2.44.798
2 Rob Hodson 2.52.697
3 Stephen McKnight 2.52.899
4 Paul Gartland 2.54.167
5 Rhys Hardisty 2.54.197
6 Adrian Kershaw 2.55.305
7 Xavier Denis 2.56.352
8 Michael Sweeney 2.58.034
9 Richard Charlton 2.58.227
10 Jonathan Perry 2.59.818
11 Dave Moffitt 3.02.248
12 Brad Vicars 3.02.405
13 Dan Sayle 3.03.719
14 Jack Fowler 3.05.444
15 Gavin Brown 3.06.311
16 Anthony Redmond 3.09.226
17 Tom Snow 3.10.563
18 Sean Seddon 3.11.413
19 Adrian Skaife 3.11.593
20 David Jones 3.14.437
21 Stephen Beale 3.14.626
22 Bradley Wilson 3.17.264
23 Dominic Herbertson 3.19.982
24 Laurence Cummins 3.30.448

Sidecars:

Getting underway nine minutes ahead of schedule at 8:55 PM, the opening Sidecars practice session saw three wheeling roads giants a plenty, showcase their proven calibre, aptitude, class around the Billown course.

Topping the times sheet was the in form pairing of Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley (2.51.655), who finished 3.318 clear of fellow rising roads stars, nearest challengers this evening Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie (2.53.971).

Berlin Express supported Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes (2.55.313) placed third fastest, John Lowther/Robert Child (2.56.849), Greg Lambert/Kenny Cole (2.57.181) respectively finished fourth, fifth quickest as Alan Founds/Jake Lowther (2.57.932) completed the six fastest crews from this evening’s competition.

Lap record holders John Holden/Lee Cain (2.59.478), competing as at TT 2019 under the Silicone Barnes Racing banner, got their fourth Southern 100 campaign together off to a solid start, finishing seventh quickest.

Rounding out the ten quickest crews from first practice were Optimark Road Racing’s Estelle Leblond/Frank Claeys (3.02.019), Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle (3.06.486) and Steve Ramsden/Matty Ramsden (3.16.024).

Sidecars first practice result, is as follows:

1 Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley 2.51.655
2 Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie 2.53.971
3 Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes 2.55.313
4 John Lowther/Robert Child 2.56.849
5 Greg Lambert/Kenny Cole 2.57.181
6 Alan Founds/Jake Lowther 2.57.932
7 John Holden/Lee Cain 2.59.478
8 Estelle Leblond/Frank Claeys 3.02.019
9 Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle 3.06.486
10 Steve Ramsden/Matty Ramsden 3.16.024
11 Alan Warner/Ian Tennant 3.16.285
12 Michael Kirkup/Arlo Brown 3.19.229
13 Paul Riley/Jason O’Connor 3.21.158
14 Richard Hackney/Dave Ryder 3.22.053
15 Nigel Smith/Chris McGahan 3.28.475
16 Dave Quirk/Karl Schofield 3.30.943
17 John Lowther/Nigel Lowther 3.42.367
18 John Chandler/Mark Gash 3.53.998

Words by Stevie Rial

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