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Southern 100 Preview – Part 1 – Super Twin Races

Following lightweight TT victory Ivan Lintin goes into the 2015 Southern 100 full of confidence.

The RC Express Racing rider is considered by many the firm favourite for back to back super twin race wins around Billown.

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Alongside lightweight TT victory Ivan has this season shone in opening meetings at Oliver’s Mount.

Most recently the 2014 Steve Henshaw international gold cup race winner won five out of six races at Barry Sheene Festival Powered by Suzuki, which included back to back super twin race victories.

Reigning Duke road race rankings champion James Cowton is amongst the main challengers to Ivan in super twins class around Billown.

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Recent fourth place finisher in lightweight TT is all set to pilot Stewart Smith Racing ER6 Kawasaki as he bids for more world class results.

At the post TT races James showcased why he is considered a TT winner in the making by sealing supersport and super twin victories.

Michael Russell seventh place finisher in 2015 lightweight TT is another rider hugely capable of securing super twin race wins.

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The 2009 senior Manx Grand Prix winner showed strong form during his Southern 100 debut last year securing tenth and fifth place finishes in super twin races.

Paul Shoesmith and the Ice Valley Racing ER6 Kawasaki are capable of causing many a surprise or two as is Jamie Coward.

Jamie goes into action around Billown in great form following series of excellent results at North West 200, TT 2015, post TT races, Barry Sheene Festival Powered by Suzuki.

He’s all set to compete on Horizon Distribution backed ER6 Kawasaki as he pushes for results of the highest quality.

Jack Hunter, John Barton, Paul Gartland, Andy Dudgeon, Mike Minns all have the pace, speed, talent, ability to be in the mix for results of the highest quality as does 2014 newcomers b Manx Grand Prix winner Dean Osborne.

Dean and the Martin Bullock Manxsport ER6 Kawasaki are tipped by many to be in contention for podium finishes.

Mark Parrett, Billy Cummins, Chris McGahan, Dave Moffitt all have the knowledge, experience and seasoned race craft to push for first class finishes.

Leading newcomers entered in super twin races include Rhys Hardisty.

Rhys has emerged this season as one of pure road racing’s most improved riders following excellent performances at Tandragee 100 and Barry Sheene Festival Powered by Suzuki at Oliver’s Mount.

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Currently holding 17th place in 2015 Duke road race rankings championship, Rhys has the proven talent to gel quickly with the Billown based road race circuit at the friendly races.

Further standout newcomers include Brad Vicars and Jamie Hodson eighth place finisher in 2014 super twins Manx Grand Prix.

Over the last five years the popularity of super twins racing at the Southern 100 has rapidly increased.

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Photo by Louis Porter

In recent years we’ve seen Ivan Lintin, Dean Harrison, Jamie Hamilton, James Cowton, Ryan Farquhar all involved in closely fought and fiercely contested races.

With international road race winners Ivan Lintin and James Cowton both set to do battle against multiple rising stars, Manx Grand Prix winners, Billown specialists. Sizzling super twin races are in prospect during the 60th Southern 100.

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