2010 Southern 100 Solo and Sidecar Champions Ryan Farquhar, Klaus Klaffenböck and Dan Sayle head an impressive list of competitors entered for the 2011 Steam Packet Southern ‘100’ International Road Races, which commence on Monday 11th July on the Billown Circuit on the outskirts of Castletown, Isle of Man. Billed as ‘the Friendly Meetings’, the 4.25 mile circuit in the South of the Island features mass start road racing at its finest.
The current champions certainly won’t have their own way with no less than four former champions in contention to prevent them from retaining their much coveted titles won 12-months previously!
Leading TT Races riders Guy Martin, Solo Champion in 2009, Cameron Donald (2006) and Ian Lougher a five time champion (2002/04/05/07/08) will provide serious opposition to current champion Ryan Farquhar, as will Michael Dunlop, fresh from his Royal London 360 SuperstockTT Race win and Manx Telecom Post TT victory less than a month ago on the same Billown circuit. Include William Dunlop, along with other course specialists, Roy Richardson, Mark Buckley, John Burrows and ‘Spirit of the TT Winner’Conor Cummins and the prospect of some close exciting racing is mouth-watering!
Equally exciting is the Sidecar line-up, with current champions and Sure Race 1 TT winners Klaffenböck and Sayleresuming their battle with Sure Sidecar Race 2 winners John Holden and Andy Winkle. Three-time Southern 100 champions Ian Bell, with son Carl in the chair, will also be throwing the gauntlet down.
Four-time Sidecar Champion Nick Crowe, will be willing his crew of Simon Neary and passenger to the top step of the podium. Add in Greg Lambert, Gary Bryan and the ever-young Roy Hanks and the racing will be dramatic to say the least!
In the smaller capacity classes, rivalry will be renewed between Chris Palmer, William Dunlop, Ian Lougher, Dan Sayle, Barry Davidson, Roy Richardson, Phil Harvey, Lee Vernon, Nigel Moore and Chris McGahan to name but a few.
The 2011 Steam Packet Southern 100 International Road Races get underway on Monday evening 11th July, with Roads Closing at 6.05pm until no later than 9.40pm. Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th will be at the same times. The meeting reaches a climax with ‘Championship Day’ on Thursday 14th July between 9.50am and 12.15pm then 1.00pm until 5.45pm at the latest.The event culminates with the unique Prize Presentation in picturesque Castletown Square on the evening of Thursday 14th July from 7.00pm to Midnight.