RR »

Southern 100: Dunlop dominates Billown opener

Isle of Man TT star Michael Dunlop roars to emphatic victory in Corlett's Trophies 600/1000cc race as Dean Harrison escapes unhurt following spill.
Michael Dunlop was a commanding winner of the Corlett's Trophies 600/1000cc race as the 2016 Steam Packet Southern 100 roared into life in earnest on Tuesday evening.

Dunlop had topped the times in practice on his Hawk Racing BMW and sealed a runaway victory by 12 seconds from Ivan Lintin on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.

Manx rider Dan Kneen, back in action after missing the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT through injury, claimed the final place on the podium for Ulster team Mar-Train Yamaha.

There was drama at the beginning of the race when frontrunner Dean Harrison, second fastest behind Dunlop during final 1000cc practice on Tuesday, crashed out unhurt.

The race was restarted over six laps of the 4.25-mile course at Billown and Dunlop quickly asserted his authority, easing away at the front on his S1000RR to secure an emphatic triumph as the Ballymoney man began the week in style. The 27-year-old also set the fastest lap of the race at 112.408mph on his penultimate lap.

Jamie Coward, riding a 1000cc Kawasaki for the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki team, impressed by claiming fourth place ahead of Dan Hegarty (Kawasaki) and southern Irish rider Alan Bonner, who is making his Southern 100 bow for the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki team.

James Cowton (Honda) won the concurrently run 600cc race after finishing in tenth place overall, with Colin Stephenson (Yamaha) and Rhys Hardisty (Yamaha) the top three.

Meanwhile, newcomer Darryl Tweed was a sensational winner of the Station Garage 125/400cc race on his 400cc Kawasaki.

Tweed took the victory overall by 17.6 seconds from Dan Sayle, who was riding the Moto3 Falcon Honda 250. Adrian Kershaw was third overall on his 400cc Kawasaki, while Northern Ireland's Adam McLean was the leading GP125cc rider home in fourth as he also makes his maiden appearance at the 'Friendly Races'.

The action on Wednesday includes the Supersport and Superbike machines as the countdown continues to Thursday's blue riband Solo Championship finale, which was won last year by Guy Martin.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.