Vantage Points for the Southern 100 Road Races 2023
Well here it is, the best week of the year (in our humble opinion is here). The course is set, the riders are getting ready and in just twelve hours time the newcomers will be underway on a sighting lap of the Colas Billown Circuit. For first timers to the Colas Billown Circuit or just as a little reminder for those of you who are wondering where to watch this week please find below a guide to some of our favourite vantage points.
Start/Finish Line (0/4.25 Miles)
Line the fencing down the iconic Colas Billown Circuit Start/Finish line or enjoy the comfort of the grandstand. You will get to see the spectacle of mass start road racing and see who crosses the finish line first. The grandstand is priced at £5 for Monday, £5 for Tuesday, £10 for Wednesday and £15 for Thursday.
Our ‘paddock grandstand’ is covered so will keep you sheltered from any rain or sun (we can be hopeful)! The grandstand is priced at £5 for Monday, £5 for Tuesday, £10 for Wednesday and £15 for Thursday.
Ballakeighan Corner (0.55 Miles)
Ballakeighan is the first corner on the circuit. Bikes pile into the corner on the first few laps after the mass start. The corner then leads onto Ballakeighan straight.n.
Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer fans the opportunity to get to Ballakeighan from the holding area as we no longer have access to the drive way of Balladoole Mansion. View details here.
Iron Gate (1.11 Miles)
Iron Gate comes at the end of the Ballakeighan straight. It is a right hand turn shortly followed by a fast left hand turn that leads onto Ballanorris (Joey’s Gate). The Colas Grandstand is also located here with a great view all the way down Ballakeighan straight and of Iron Gate. The grandstand is priced at £5 for Monday, £5 for Tuesday, £10 for Wednesday and £15 for Thursday. We also have Funky Foods located here for all of your catering needs! There is of course also a couple of toilets.
Ballabeg Hairpin (1.55 Miles)
Ballabeg hairpin is the slowest corner on the Billown Circuit. It can be very deceiving for riders, as the camber of the road drags the rider into the corner earlier than they need to turn. There is a public toilet available here.
Cross Four Ways (2.80 Miles)
Cross Four Ways is notorious for its overtakes and slow speed low side crashes. It is the second slowest corner on the circuit and usually attracts a large crowd of spectators. Laura and the team from The Barrister Van will be on hand all weekend to keep you refuelled and there is also some toilets.
Church Bends (3.10 Miles)
Church Bends is one of the most popular locations for fans. With two fast flowing bends around the walls of Malew Church. There is plenty of parking back again this year (in the back field accessed through the normal gate entrance). There is toilets here too.
Watch all of the last corner action from the School Hill Grandstand. Our catering team will also be on hand to feed you. There is also public toilets here. The grandstand is priced at £5 for Monday, £5 for Tuesday, £10 for Wednesday and £15 for Thursday.
Wherever you decide to watch, we hope you enjoy the racing!