Southern 100 Racing, organisers of the Steam Packet
International Southern '100' Road Races, which have been held
in the Isle of Man almost continuously since 1955 are pleased to announce they have secured an associate sponsor for the 2009
races, which are due to be held between 13th & 16th July.
Isle of Man based Greenlight Television are joining title sponsors,the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and will be providing unique, specialist coverage of the entire event. The first time this has been organised on the Billown Course.
Greenlight TV Director, Richard Nichols explained his company's
decision to become involved with the event: “Greenlight is delighted to be associated with the Southern 100 this year and looking forward to taking part in what most road racers agree is the best event of the year. We'll be trying to capture the atmosphere and flavour that makes the Southern so special, and bringing as much of the festivities as possible to the TV and DVD coverage.
We'll be committing more trackside cameras than ever before and
of course our on-bike views of the Billown course have always been able to bring a spectacular riders'-eye viewpoint into the
Southern '100' Club Chairman Phil Taubman is equally enthusiastic with Greenlight Television's involvement with the Southern '100',
“On behalf of my committee we are delighted that Greenlight
Television are joining forces with us as Associate Sponsors
producing a full length quality DVD of the 2009 races, which I am sure will provide the superb close and exciting racing, with the high calibre of entry that is expected.”
“The 2009 Southern '100' sees a new racing format,” continued the Chairman,
“Tuesday, will now see a change of schedule, with racing preceding practice.
“The opening racing evening now has three races instead of two as previously, the organising committee having made the decision to include a second eight-lap 600cc event; such is the demand for entries in this class.
“The second evening Wednesday sees the 'traditional' four race programme, with Forgotten Era machines being permitted into the Classic event for the first time.
“The race will be divided into two classes: Class 1 – 300cc to 850cc Classic Machines.
Class 2 – 230cc to 1000cc Forgotten Era Machines.
“Finally, Championship Day Thursday will have six races, including the premier races of the meeting, the Southern '100' Solo and Sidecar Championships.
“Thursday evening, also sees the now traditional Open-air Prize Presentation in Castletown Square, which is a great social occasion where fans and locals can mix with the established stars and the up and coming riders and their families in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
“All of which will be included on the 90-minute DVD, plus 'extras' which will include full on-board laps, results, including lap by lap information, championship winners photographs and screen savers.”
Pre-ordering facilities for the DVD will be available on the club's official website; www.southern100.com.