Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Virtual Southern 100 Road Races 2020

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S & S Motors & Radcliffe Butchers 250cc Race

Grid     No.                              Rider                           Machine

1             28                          Tom Snow                         250 Falcon Honda Moto3

Another Lightweight 250 devotee and long-time friend of the Southern 100, Guildford rider Tom Snow has been a familiar face around the paddock since 2002. Last year saw him aboard the Falcon Honda Moto3 which he brought home in first and second places in the 250 class of the Supertwins races. Tom had no hesitation to ride the machine again when offered the chance the machine again and will line up in pole position on Wednesday evening.

2             16                          Dan Sayle                          250 Baz Gaz Honda

Another Manxie, Dan Sayle has gained success and fame on the Billown Course, mainly as a Championship winning Sidecar Passenger with Nick Crowe, Klaus Klaffenbock and Tim Reeves, the latter two both World Sidecar Champions. However, the Sulby man is no slouch when it comes to riding solo machines particularly the 250 and 125 two-stroke variety. His final ride before hanging up his leathers was at the 2019 Southern 100, on the 250 Baz / Gaz Honda, bringing the lightweight twin home first in the 250 class of the Supertwins race. The lure of the Colas Billown Course brings him back for one final rider on the same machine in Wednesday race.

3             1                            Ian Lougher                       250 Barnes Racing Honda

Ulster – Welshman Ian Lougher, currently holds the record for the most Southern 100 race wins – 32, which includes five coveted Solo Championships.

Ian’s first race was at Billown was in 1983, riding a Rat Cowles 350 Yamaha he finished 10th in the Junior race.

Although now officially retired from racing, the unassuming rider has been tempted to adorn his leathers once again to ride the 1000 Blackhorse Yamaha he rode to victory in the 2008 Solo Championship. Will the wily Ulster/Welshman be first to take the flag again? The fans will get a second chance recall his prowess on two-stroke machinery, as he also has a 250 Barnes Racing Honda, he last raced to victory at the Southern 100 in 2009, where he starts from Pole position.

4             40                          Rhys Hardisty                    250 Yamaha

Gilwern rider Rhys Hardisty is no stranger to the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course in recent years on a variety of machinery, modern and classic. Rhys brings his 250 Yamaha to the grid for the 250cc race, the machine he won both Lightweight classes on in the 650 races in 2018.

5             5                            Chris Palmer                     250 Mannin Collections Honda

Castletown – Billown and Chris Palmer fit together like a glove. A comparative latecomer to the Billown Course, the previous British 125 Champion finished 10th in his first 125 race in 1999; a day later in his second race he improved to 5th. Since them until he hung up his leathers, he amassed 12 wins at the Southern 100, plus 10 at the Post TT and a further13 at the Pre-TT Classic races.

However it didn’t take much persuasion to tempt Chris back into his race leathers on the 250 Mannin Collections Honda, he last rode to victory in the 2012 Southern, especially when told he would be lining up alongside friendly arch-rival Ian Lougher!

6             18                          Barry Davidson                250 Honda

Ulsterman Barry Davidson was a regular at the Southern 100, although now of a certain age, he concentrates on the Classic Meeting, with some good results. Barry is however making a welcome return to the one-off 250cc race and will be aboard his 250 Honda last raced in 2010 – do not under estimate the Ballymena man!

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