Three Time Solo Champion Dean

In News by Phil Edge

Dean Harrison became only the third rider in the 64-year history of the Southern 100 to take the prestigious Solo Championship crown for the third year in a row having first lifted the coveted Derek Ennett trophy in 2017, regaining the title in 2018 and completing the hat-trick in 2019.

The ‘treble’ was first achieved by Joey Dunlop in 1976, 1977 & 1978, followed by Guy Martin in 2013, 2014 & 2015.

The Silicone Engineering Racing Team rider also dominated the other five solo races he was entered in taking the chequered flag in all resulting in the twice Duke Road Race Rankings Champion in 2016 and 2017 topping the leader board after 12 of the 25 rounds in this year’s series and is the first to break the 1000 point barrier this year have amassed 1040 points in total so far.

Jamie Coward slots into second place in the rankings after taking three second places in the Supersport races, two third places in the Superbikes and fifth in the Solo Championship he moves up five places with 848 points.

Michael Sweeney moves up from fourth to third with 721 points having taken eighth and seventh in the 1000cc races; a sixth and two-thirds in the 600’s; a second in the Supertwins and sixth in the Solo Championship.

Dominic Herbertson stamped his authority on the Supertwin races taking the laurel wreath in both races and adding a fifth in the first 600 race and a tenth and eighth in the two 1000cc races, all of which helped him move up ten places to eighth in the rankings.

However, highest mover was Wigan’s Rob Hodson climbing 44 positions from 57th to 13th, after a second plus an unwanted DNF in the Supertwins; a ninth, fifth and eighth in the Supersport and a fourth, fifth in the Superbike plus third in the coveted Solo Championship race.

1 Dean Harrison 6 Up 5 1040
2 Jamie Coward 7 Up 5 848
3 Michael Sweeney 4 Up 1 721
4 Derek Sheils 1 Down 3 711
5 Derek McGee 2 Down 3 689
6 Peter Hickman 3 Down 3 605
7 Barry Davidson 5 Down 2 526
8 Dominic Herbertson 18 Up 10 506
9 Michael Dunlop 10 Up 1 473
10 James Hillier 8 Down 2 468
11 Kevin Fitzpatrick 9 Down 2 419
12 Conor Cummins 11 Down 1 366
13 Rob Hodson 57 Up 44 364
14 Darryl Anderson 12 Down 2 339
15 Paul Jordan 13 Down 2 335
16 Darryl Tweed 14 Down 2 329
17 Vinny Brennan 15 Down 2 321
18 Kevin Baker 16 Down 2 320
19 Richard Ford 17 Down 2 303
20 Paul Williams 19 Down 1 291
21 Lee Johnston 20 Down 1 287
22 Michael Rutter 21 Down 1 286
23 Brian Mateer 22 Down 1 285
24 Mike Browne 23 Down 1 278
25 Forrest Dunn 24 Down 1 278
26 Tommy Henry 25 Down 1 277
27 Eoin O’Siochru 26 Down 1 269
28 Thomas Maxwell 27 Down 1 263
29 Andy McAllister 28 Down 1 256
30 Gary Dunlop 29 Down 1 255
31 Neil Kernohan 30 Down 1 249
32 Ed Manly 31 Down 1 249
33 Ian Thompson 32 Down 1 245
34 Adam McLean 33 Down 1 243
35 Philip Shaw 34 Down 1 234
36 Davey Todd 35 Down 1 234
37 Michael Evans New Entry 232
38 Darren Keys 36 Down 2 220
39 Dean Stimpson 37 Down 2 197
40 Andy Farrell 38 Down 2 189

With the ‘Race of the South’ at Walderstown being abandoned after Darren Keys sadly lost his life, the racing action return with the Faugheen 50 Road Races, closely followed with a double header over the last weekend in July, the return of racing at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough with the Barry Sheene Race Festival and the Armoy ‘Race of Legends’ Road Races in County Antrim.

(Photo courtesy of Peter Faragher – depicts Dean Harrison on his way to his third Southern 100 Solo Championship.)

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