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.
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.)