All Hail Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley
and Dean Harrison, Kings of the Colas Billown Circuit
CHAMPIONS PHOTOS TAKEN FROM THE S100 CLUB
The overnight grey skies had lifted and the sun was breaking through
for the start of the final days racing at the 2019 Southern 100. The
press Office had issued an announcement stating that last nights Ace
Hire sidecar race would be run instead of the Sidecar Consulation
Race, this being added to the afternoon's programme and run over 4
laps. The teams were asked to fuel for 6 laps but to be aware that
it could be reduced to 4 laps.
It was great news to hear that Estelle Leblond and Steve Ramsden had
been released from hospital and were back in the paddock. Frank
Claeys and Matty Ramsden were still in hospital and were said to
comfortable. During the lunchtime break I saw Estelle in the
paddock, she was clearly feeling the effects of the crash and looked
like she was very stiff and in pain. Steve's awning is adjacent to
Estelle's, both of the sidecars were back and very battered from
There were still some damp patches on the road when the first race
of the day started, the 7 lap S & S Motors 600 race A. Manx rider
Mikey Evans (600 Honda, Wilcock Consulting)was first into
Ballakeighan on the first lap, a lead he held until Castletown
Corner. The race then became a dual between Dean Harrison (600
Kawasaki, Silicone Engineering) and Jaime Coward (600 Prez Racing
Yamaha). It was another battle royal with Dean edging it by just
0.268 of a second, Michael Sweeney (600 Yamaha) was third,16 seconds
adrift of Coward and Evans was fourth. Jamie Coward had the
consolation of recording the fastest lap of 108.003 mph.
Photographs by Mike
Mikey Evans at Church Bends leading the S & S Motors 600 ace on the
Race 5B followed, the JCK Ltd 600 Race B. David McConnachy (600
Yamaha) took the victory from early leader Don Gilbert (600
Kawasaki) with Dennis Booth (600 Kawasaki)in third. Seven riders
managed to lap at over 100 mph, McConnachy race average was just shy
at 99.685 mph. This would placed him 13th in the A race.
Logically Race 6 should
have come next but not at the S100, Race 7 follows Race 5!!
Dennis Booth (1000 BMW) rolled back the years in winning the G H
Corlett Solo Founders Race. It was his first victory at the Colas
Billown Circuit since his 600 cc Consolation Race in 2009. Second on
the rostrum was Belgium rider Jean-Pierre Polet (1000 BMW) with
Richard Elgin (1000 Suzuki) in third.
The evergreen Dennis
Booth (1000 BMW) taking victory in the Solo Founders Race
Back to Race 6, the Island Aggregates Senior Race. Once again Dean
Harrison headed the field (1000 Kawasaki, Silicone Engineering) with
a more determined Michael Dunlop (1000 Tyco BMW Motorrad) giving
chase, Michael clearly had his race face on. Tried as he may, and he
did make in roads, disaster struck near the end of the second lap.
Chasing Dean hard, he high-sided on the exit of Castletown Corner,
fracturing his pelvis in the process. It has not been a good month
for Michael following his car rally crash in Donegal. Dean went on
to win by nearly 12 seconds from the very impressive Sam West (PRL
1000 BMW) who pipped third placed Jamie Coward (Prez Racing1000
The luckless Michael
Dunlop before his high-side at Castletown Corner
The final race of the morning was the rescheduled Ace Hire Sidecar
Race, again another close run affair. There are rumours around the
paddock that the future of sidecar racing round the Colas Billown
circuit in doubt. In my view the TT and the S100 would be the poorer
for not running sidecars, they bring an extra dimension, interest
and excitement to both events. The Ace Hire Sidecar Race absolutely
proves the point, 4 laps of close hard racing with just 1.195
seconds separating the first 4 at the finish. Tim Reeves / Mark
Wilkes (600 LCR Honda, Tim Reeves Racing) won from Alan Founds /
Jake Lowther (600 LCR Yamaha, Team Founds Racing} with Pete Founds /
Jevan Walmsley (600 Rowtec Suzuki) in third. John Holden / Lee Cain
(600 LCR Honda, Silicone Engineering / Barnes Racing) missed out on
a rostrum place in fourth.
Alan Founds and Jake
Lowther heading for a fine second place in the Ace Hire Sidecar Race
The Station Garage Consolation Sidecar Race was the first event in
the afternoon. Unfortunately this was red flagged on the third lap
when Alan Warner and Ian Tennant crashed at Iron Gate, Alan was said
to be comfortable in hospital sustaining some fractures. The result
was called after the second lap leaving newcomers Ryan and Callum
Crowe (Haven Homes 600 Yamaha) as winners with John Lowther and
Robert Childs (600 LCR Honda) as runners up, Michael Russell and Tom
Bryant (600 Shelbourne Suzuki) in third. A pleasing result for John
after his issues over the last two nights.
The Crowe brothers
heading for victory in the Station Garage Consolation Sidecar Race
The conditions were nigh on perfect with the sun out high in the sky
and sun cream being liberally applied. The Bettridges Car Sales
600cc Challenge Race was again another Dean Harrison / Jamie Coward
affair. Harrison again coming out on top with Michael Sweeney
filling the final rostrum position. This race was notable for the
individuals battles that were going on all the way through the
field, with fractions of a second between riders at the finish.
Close and exciting racing keeping the crowds very much entertained.
Michael Sweeney on his
way to a podium position in the Bettridges Car Sales 600 Challenge
The penultimate solo race of the meeting was the Ocean Motor Village
250 / 650 cc Twins Race. Dominic Herbertson (600 Kawasaki, RC
Express Dafabet Devitt Racing) riding Paul Jordan's ex Ivan Lintin
machine was again the winner. He and Rob Hodson (600 Kawasaki) had a
ding dong battle until Rob went out on the fifth lap, leaving
Dominic well clear in front. He won the 6 lap race by a country
mile, 19.023 seconds in front of Michael Sweeney with newcomer
Xavier Denis in third, both Kawasaki mounted.
Xavier Denis flying the
flag for the French with his third place in the Ocean Motor Village
250 / 650 cc Twins Race
The final two races of the day are the solo and sidecar championship
races. First up was the Hunts Motorcycles Solo Championship Race.
Sadly Michael Dunlop could not participate as he was laid up in
hospital. Dean Harrison completed a tremendous meeting by winning
his third successive solo championship on his Silicone Engineering
1000 cc Kawasaki. Dean lead from start to finish, the battle for
second held everyone's attention. Ryan Kneen (Charmers Builders BMW)
and Rob Hodson (1000 BMW) were going hammer and tongue followed by
Sam West (PRL 1000 BMW) and Jamie Coward (Prez Racing 1000 Yamaha).
Dean's margin of victory was 14.832 seconds with Ryan pipping Rob by
just 0.387 of a second. A great finish to the solo racing at this
years Southern 100.
Dan Kneen taking a
magnificent runners up position in the Hunts Motorcycles Solo
The final race of the meeting was the Daryl Blake Construction
Sidecar Championship Race over 6 laps of the Colas Billown Circuit.
Tim Reeves jumped the start, realised he had gone to early, slowed
down to let the others passed. The race stewards gave him a ten
second penalty for his troubles. The slowing down and then getting a
penalty put paid to his race, he eventually broke down and retired
on the last lap. This elevated Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie (600
LCR Suzuki, ACR Newton Aycliffe) into the final rostrum position.
The battle at the front between Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley (600
Rowtec Suzuki) and John Holden / Lee Cain (600 LCR Honda, Silicone
Engineering / Barnes Racing) raged all race. They were within
touching distance and the margin at the end was 0.131 of a second in
favour of Pete and Jevanird place, joint 27th in the all time list
of close finishes.
Lastlap action at
Castletown Corner, Pete Founds / Jevan Walmsley edging John Holden
and Lee Cain
What a way to conclude a
fantastic meeting, congratulations to all who took part and a speedy
recovery to those who were unfortunately injured.
One last closing comment........Long Live the Sidecars