Super Twins Qualifying:
A keenly contested opening Super Twins practice session, saw Hebden Bridge’s Jamie Coward emerge fastest.
In fantastic conditions around Billown, Coward post his first flying lap, set a best lap time of 2 minutes 29.204 seconds to finish 0.641 quicker than top chaser Dafabet Racing’s Rob Hodson.
First TT podium finisher last month Paul Jordan finished third quickest whilst Peoples Bike Team supported Jonathan Perry, impressed on route to finishing fourth fastest.
Wrapping up early evening’s top six paciest Twins machinery exponents were Barry Furber and popular Welsh competitor Rhys Hardisty.
Second qualifying would see TT Privateers Champion Coward consolidate in some style, pole position for tomorrow’s opening Twins encounter.
Edging lap on lap close to the existing Super Twins lap record held by the much-missed James Cowton, he finally during late session stages bested it, via a lap time of 2 minutes 26.071 seconds, equating speed wise to 104.744 mph.
44 plate-holder Hodson (2.27.477) as during Q1, led the chase to Coward, finishing 1.4 seconds in arrears.
PreZ Racing’s Jordan, Manx GP rostrum finisher Perry again finished third, fourth quickest whilst P5, P6 were also the same as from first qualifying, 61 plate-holder Furber and two-stroke racing expert Hardisty.
Supersport First Qualifying:
Living up to expectations, the race for provisional Supersport pole position, excited, thrilled those in attendance at the ‘Friendly Races’.
KTS Racing Powered by Steadplan’s Jamie Coward, held the top spot throughout yellow plate holders qualifying before a late charge from DAO Racing’s Dean Harrison, lapping at 108.907 mph, saw the three times TT winner finish quickest overall.
Coward (108.782) took P2 on the live time screens, placing only 0.161 behind his fellow Yorkshireman.
Third fastest just under 0.5 behind Coward was Supersport TT lap record holder Michael Dunlop (108.405).
Fourth fastest Milenco by Padgetts Davey Todd (107.834) wasn’t far off the pace either.
Fifth, sixth quickest were Rob Hodson, PreZ Racing’s Paul Jordan whilst top white plate Supersport pilot was roads veteran Dennis Booth.
Superbike Second Qualifying:
In steadfast fashion, DAO Racing’s Dean Harrison vaulted to Senior race pole position.
Dominating second 1000cc qualifying, Harrison once again showcased his Billown course mastery, registering the first 113 mph lap of the 2022 Southern 100.
Harrison’s victorious qualifying lap speed stood at 113.732 mph (2 minutes 14.527 seconds).
Just a shade under two seconds down on Harrison’s turn of speed was prior Superbike qualifying session winner Michael Dunlop (112.152).
A swift turn of pace on his sixth, final timed lap saw Senior Manx GP winner Nathan Harrison (110.712) finish an excellent fourth fastest, marginally slower than twice TT Privateers Champion Jamie Coward (110.906).
2019 IRRC Superbike Champion Davey Todd (109.807) took P5 with P6 in second qualifying going to road racing returnee Ryan Kneen (108.882).
Finalising tonight’s ten fastest 1000cc pilots were Rob Hodson (108.411), Paul Jordan (108.287), Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Michael Sweeney (107.616), Mark Parrett (106.721).
Sidecars First Qualifying:
Just past 8:40 PM, three wheeling heroes new, established took to the iconic Billown roads.
Picking up from where they left off in 2019, current Southern 100 Sidecar Champions Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley impressively emerged rapidest driver/passenger combination.
FHO Racing’s Founds/Walmsley nudged on multiple occasions past the 98-mph lap-mark, registering a best lap speed of 98.418 mph.
The Rich Energy backed pairing of Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau placed second quickest, 2.335 seconds behind the ACU/FSRA British F2 Championship leaders.
Third fastest, only 0.005 back on Reeves/Rousseau were seven plate holders, the talented Crowe brothers Ryan & Callum.
Completing Monday night’s top six crews were Greg Lambert/Andrew Haynes, John Holden/Dan Sayle and Wayne Lockey/Matty Rostron.
Photo credit: Mark Corlett
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou