Road Racing News

Southern 100: Monday Evening Practice/Qualifying Wrap Up

In cool dry conditions surrounded by grey clouds, the opening practice and qualifying sessions of the 2017 Southern 100 saw top class action a plenty.

Arguably the main star of last evening at Billown, was Supersport and Super Twins pace setter James Cowton.

The Kilham based rider who regards the ‘Friendly Races’ amongst his favourite meeting’s, perhaps surprised some by sealing Supersport pole position.

Edging out Radcliffe’s Racing’s Jamie Coward, Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop for 600 pole, he proved why many regard him as a top draw specialist within the middleweight class.

Topping the opening Super Twins practice session, was equally impressive, propelling McAdoo Racing’s new Z650 Kawasaki to pole by just 0.019 of a second over two times Lightweight TT winner Ivan Lintin.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Outside of the former Duke Road Race Rankings champion, additional standout performers on Monday night included Darryl Tweed setting the 125/400 pace, finishing over four seconds faster than nearest challenger, good friend and fellow Ballymoney based rider, Seamus Elliott.

Derek McGee lead the newcomers brigade, finishing a very creditable ninth quickest, on the Joey’s Bar Racing RS 125 Honda.

Tom Robinson headed Supersport group b practice, whilst a thrilling Sidecar session saw Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle close to lap record pace, lapping at 100.288 mph, as they outpaced fellow three wheel giants Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes, John Holden/Lee Cain and the Birchall brothers.

Words by Stevie Rial