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

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Daryl Blake Construction & Ace Hire & Sales Sidecar Championship Race

Grid     No.      Driver & Passenger                            Machine

1             1             Dave Molyneux & Craig Hallam                600 DMR Honda

Manxie Dave Molyneux has a total of 15 race victories at the Southern 100 Road Races, including six Sidecar Championships shared with passenger Paul Kneale (1986); Karl Ellison (1991 & 1992) and Craig Hallam 1998, 2002 & 2003. Dave has his triple winning passenger Craig Hallam with him on their 2003 DMR Honda for Thursday race and starts in pole position.

2             2             Charlie Freeman & Billy Nelson                500 Norton

Charlie and Bill won the first Sidecar race in 1962 and went on to win a further four championships, the last one in 1969 on their Norton outfit.

3             1             Lowry Burton & Julian Tailford                  Ireson Yamaha

Carrickfergus sidecar man Lowry Burton with Marty Murphy as passenger first raced at the Southern 100 in 1979, taking the first of his five Sidecar Championships in 1980, which he retained the following year (1981). A change of passenger to Pat Cushnahan, the Ulsterman regained his championship status in 1983 and again in 1987 with Pat. 1988 saw Lowry achieve his last Championship win with Julian Tailford in the chair. Lowry and Julian return with their Ireson Yamaha in this one-off championship race.

4             1             Nick Crowe & Dan Sayle                              600 LCR Honda

Manx pairing of Nick Crowe and Dan Sayle join forces again for this year’s championship race. Nick Crowe has four Sidecar Titles to his name three with Darren Hope in the chair in 2004, 2005 & 2006, with Dan taking over as ‘ballast’ advisor in 2007. So far, the only time one driver has achieved four in a row. The Northern crew will be on their 2007 LCR Honda.

5             77           Tim Reeves & Mark Wilkes                         600 LCR Honda

Tim Reeves so far has four Sidecar Championships to his name in 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2018, with a change of passenger each year! Sulby’s Dan Sayle helped show him the way around the Colas Billown Course to victory in 2013. 2015 saw Mark Wilkes keeping the third wheel down, the following year it was Frenchman Patrick Farrance, with Mark Wilkes returning in 2018.

Mark is back on passenger duties in the LCR Honda outfit for the 2020 races

6             72           Pete Founds & Jevan Walmsley                600 Rowtec Suzuki

Knutsford’s Pete Founds and Grimsby’s Jevan Walmsley made their Southern 100 racing debut in 2018 finishing fourth in the first race and going one better in the Daryl Blake Construction Sidecar Championship filling the final podium place.

Returning in 2019, the same pairing took third in the opening Ace Sale & Hire Sidecar race before lifting the coveted Peel Engineering Trophy for winning the Sidecar Championship.

Once again, the Cheshire / Lincolnshire pairing will be aboard their Rowtec Suzuki for their race on Thursday evening.

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