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Southern 100 Preview – Part 3 – Sidecar Races

After the ground breaking 100 mph laps last year, more first class three wheel action amongst multiple TT/World championship front runners is anticipated at Billown.

The Birchall brothers Ben and Tom, fresh off blistering performances at TT 2017, will be keen to regain the Sidecar championship title.

Set to pilot the IEG (International Energy Group) backed outfit, that they took a sparkling new outright TT lap record of 117.119 mph, it’s going to take performances of the highest quality to topple them, at the “Friendly Races”.

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Billown lap record holder Tim Reeves, joined by star TT newcomer Mark Wilkes, is confident of retaining the Sidecar championship crown, which he won last year in thrilling style, partnered at the time by fellow former TT winner, Patrick Farrance.

Outside of the multiple world champion’s, you can’t discount Manx TT legends Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle from chalking up a win or two, with their striking yellow and black liveried Yamaha powered DMR steed.

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Silicone Engineering Racing’s John Holden/Lee Cain, who took the challenge to the Birchall’s at TT 2017, also cannot be discounted in the two Sidecar races, gracing Billown next week.

Additional notable crews entered include the experienced Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle, the on form Ramsden’s Steve and Matty, Wayne Lockey/Mark Sayers and Greg Lambert/Julie Canipa.

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An interesting entry sees Maria Costello MBE joined by Justin Sharp, make her Sidecar roads debut.

The remaining three driver/passenger debutants are as follows: Andy Wilby/Paul Lowther, Dan Knight/Matthew Rostron and Mark Saunders/Karl Schofield.

Following the world class competition at TT 2017 and at the Cock O’The North Road Races at Oliver’s Mount, in my opinion where in a golden period for Sidecar competition within the real roads scene.

This is illustrated in full at the Southern 100, where many of the finest Sidecar teams in the world battle for honours at one of pure road racing’s jewels in the crown.

Words by Stevie Rial