Double TT winners Nick Crowe and Darren Hope made it a hat trick of Southern 100 Championship victories in successive years.

The all-local crew had a relatively trouble-free ride on the DMR Honda with the exception that passenger Hope lost his helmet visor on the warm-up lap and rode the entire eight laps in a certain amount of discomfort!

An early spirited charge by veterans Roy Hanks and Dave Wells evaporated to leave Crowe and Hope with a commanding 31 second lead at the close.

Brothers, Brian, and Neil Kelly, who made the F1 podium as a pair in 1994, fought over the remaining place on the rostrum, this time at the helm of their respective Honda 600 outfits.

In truth, elder sibling Brian was always in control with Dicky Gale at his side, finishing some 21 seconds clear of Neil Kelly and his stepson Jason O’Connor.

Alan Warner and stand-in passenger Neil Wheatley were fifth, while newcomers Douglas Wright and Dipash Chauman completed the top six in a three-wheel race of typically high attrition.



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