Southern 100 – Opening Practice Session Report

Southern 100 – Opening Practice Session Report

Opening practice session at the 2015 Southern 100 was dominated by wet and damp conditions around Billown.

Newcomers including Dan Hegarty, Rob Hodson, Jamie Hodson, James Hinchliffe, Jonathan Howarth all gained their first laps of the iconic road race circuit.


Superbike practice saw Mar Train Racing’s Dean Harrison lead the way, R1M Yamaha mounted Dean set lap time of 2 minutes 37.622 seconds as he finished only 0.057 of a second quicker than Tyco BMW’s Guy Martin.

Lightweight TT winner Ivan Lintin finished third quickest, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Russ Mountford was fourth fastest, whilst Billy Redmayne impressed finishing fifth in practice on Martin Bullock Manxsport GSX-R 750 Suzuki.

Mark Goodings, Colin Stephenson, Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles Dan Kneen, Jamie Coward and Callum Laidlaw rounded out the top ten.

Second place finisher in 2011 junior Manx Grand Prix Paul Smyth lead the way in 125/400 practice, Paul lapped at 3 minutes 09.925 seconds.

Paul Robinson finished second quickest, Adrian Kershaw was third fastest as Dave Taylor fourth quickest showed good form around Billown.

Vic Allan, Dave Corlett, Southern 100 newcomer Scott Miller, Stuart Rayner, Oliver’s Mount specialist Mick Goodings, Tom Snow completed the top ten.

Despite the tricky conditions around Billown multiple international road racing stars showed tonight their proven quality, one of the standout performances tonight in practice came from Castletown newcomer Dan Hegarty.

Dan finished 15th fastest in superbike practice as he showed top class form on ILR/Downshift Motorsport ZX10R Kawasaki.

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