CLASSIC racers looking to hit Billown for the first Southern 100 road race of the year may not have much time left, club officials have said.
Over 130 entries have already been accepted for the season-opening Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races and with less than three weeks to go before the curtains are drawn on prospective riders, vacancies may not last that long.
The nine race programme is spread over Friday, Saturday and Monday, 24, 25 and 27 May, but so far the most popular class looks to be the Senior 500cc category.
With 28 competitors already accepted, including three newcomers – North Yorkshire’s John Cliffe on a Petty Norton and Manx Norton-mounted Lansdowne Classic Series front-runners Keith Clarke and Dean Stimpson – the 500s look to be on for a flyer.
But eyes will also be on single-cylinder-powered regulars including Will Loder, Ian Bainbridge, Richard Stott, Vic Haskell, Arthur Browning, Jeff Ward, Tilmann Runck, Antony Nicholls, Sam Kinkead, Keith Dixon, Dave Matravers, Meredydd Owen, Ed Manley and Jack Hunter.
And the multi-cylinder men will be after them in full force as Roy Phipps, Neil Lloyd, Ian Thompson, Chris McGahan, Anthony Ambler, Danny Pullen, Steve Ferguson, Terence Sansom, Barry Davidson, Gary Hutton and Ben Rea look to join the fight.
Entries are still open at Southern100.com.
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