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Southern 100: Thursday Race Day Wrap Up

JCK Ltd Supersport B Race 2:

David McConnachy added his name to the list of race winners at this year’s Southern 100, following an excellent all-round performance within the second JCK Ltd Supersport B race.

Just over two seconds clear out front at the end of the seven lap race, Cramlington’s McConnachy issued his delight post race at claiming race honours.

Finishing two seconds behind McConnachy was the ever enthusiastic Don Gilbert, as roads veteran Dennis Booth concluded the rostrum finishers.

Last evening’s Supersport B class runner up Frankie Stennett clinched fourth, plus set the fastest lap of the race, lapping the fabled Billown course at 2 minutes 30.258 seconds.

Former Super Twins Manx GP winner Dave Moffitt placed fifth, Bishop Castle’s Barry Furber finished sixth, whilst just 0.395 covered seventh, eighth, ninth place finishers Rad Hughes, lead S100 newcomer Daniel Forbes and KY-JAX Racing’s Ben Shuttlewood.

Prospective Manx GP debutant Mike Brew finalised the first ten finishers, whilst overall 24 racers completed the seven lap race distance.

G H Corlett Solo Founders Race:

Dennis Booth proved untouchable in the G H Corlett Solo Founders race, sealing in style his first Southern 100 victory in ten years.

Victorious by just over 6.7 seconds, you could tell how race victory meant to the hugely respected roads veteran, who’s raced competitively since the late 1990’s.

Runner up behind Booth, was IRRC regular Jean Pierre Polet, who became the first racer from Belgium in the current decade to secure a S100 podium finish.

Darley Moor bound this weekend, Richard Eglin finalised the podium finishers, whilst Paul Marley, Andy Sellars and Marc Colvin all enjoyed productive race stints finishing respectively fourth, fifth and sixth.

Wrapping up the top ten finishers were Tim Burrows, Brian Fuidge, Andrew Castle and Billown course debutant David Glossop.

Ace Hire Sidecar Race:

Berlin Express supported Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes claimed the honours in a tight, closely contested Ace Hire Sidecar race.

Long term leaders of the four-lap race, Reeves/Wilkes dropped behind Alan Founds/Jake Lowther at Cross Four Ways on lap four, before powering their way back into race lead, which they held to the chequered flag, winning by just over 0.42 of a second.

Finalising the podium finishers behind Reeves/Wilkes, Founds/Lowther, was Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley who finished only 0.17 clear of Silicone Barnes Racing’s John Holden/Lee Cain, whilst just 1.195 covered the top four finishers.

Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie banked fifth, Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle secured sixth as the Crowe brothers Ryan & Callum, Darren Hope/Lenny Bumfrey, Wayne Lockey/Mark Sayers and John Lowther/Robert Child finalised the top 10 finishers.

Remaining race finishers were Michael Russell/Tom Bryant, Michael Kirkup/Arlo Brown, Shaun Chandler/Ben Chandler and Richard Hackney/Dave Ryder.

Station Garage Sidecar Consolation Race:

With over fifty percent race distance covered prior to red flags entering the horizon, Fastest Sidecar TT newcomers in history Ryan Crowe/Callum Crowe were declared Station Garage Sidecar consolation race victors.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Closely pursued by John Lowther/Robert Child, the Crowe brothers who have switched to Yamaha power for their maiden Billown course tenure, race winning margin after two laps stood at 1.42 seconds.

Finalising the rostrum finishers behind the Crowe’s, Lowther/Child was True Heroes Racing supported Michael Russell/Tom Bryant.

Bettridges of Foxdale Car Sales Supersport Challenge Race:

Dean Harrison completed a hat trick of Supersport triumph’s at the 2019 Southern 100, producing another faultless, high quality performance.

Never headed within the seven lap Bettridges of Foxdale Car Sales Supersport Challenge race, Harrison’s final race winning margin over a determined Jamie Coward, stood at 2.46 seconds.

Joining Harrison, PreZ Racing’s Coward on the podium was twice Junior Manx GP winner Michael Sweeney, who doubled his S100 rostrum finishes tally.

Michael Evans lead the local challenge in fourth place in front of Chris Preston/Toyo Tires supported Nathan Harrison, as Joe Akroyd, Sam West, Rob Hodson, Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis, Stephen Parsons concluded the top ten finishers.

Ocean Motor Village 250/650 Race:

After more captivating, entertaining 250/650 machinery competition, Dominic Herbertson claimed another popular race victory.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Same as on Tuesday evening, Herbertson was battling KTS Racing’s Rob Hodson for class spoils, and was starting to come under increasing pressure from the 2015 Super Twins Manx GP winner, prior to SMT supported Hodson retiring on lap five between Ballakeighan and the Iron Gate sections of the Billown course.

Following Hodson’s retirement, Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki mounted Herbertson went onto take the race honours in commanding fashion, emerging victorious by 19 seconds over Skerries Michael Sweeney.

Completing the podium finishers behind Herbertson, Sweeney was impressive lead newcomer, Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis.

Michael Evans banked fourth, Stephen McKnight placed fifth, Dave Moffitt acquired sixth whilst Sidecar TT legend Dan Sayle, making a welcome return to roads action finished a very creditable seventh.

Placing’s 8th, 9th and 10th within the six lap Ocean Motor Village 250/650 race were recorded by VRS Racing’s Brad Vicars, Anthony Redmond and Gavin Brown.

Words by Stevie Rial

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