TIM Reeves reclaimed the Southern 100 Sidecar Championship title after a race-long battle with defending outfit kings John Holden and Lee Cain.
But following a nearly eight-lap duel, Holden and Cain’s charge came to an end with technical problems that put them out of the fight for a second crown.
It was a two-horse race from the start as Reeves and Wilkes nabbed the holeshot with the reigning outfit kings, Silicone Engineering/Barnes Racing’s John Holden and Lee Cain who missed out on the first race due to bike damage, in their wheel-tracks.
The two soon began stretching a gap ahead of Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Rosney, but FSRA F2 British Champs Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley were soon into podium contention before Alan Founds and Jake Lowther deposed them to take over third.
But the battle at the front was still raging, where Holden and Cain smashed the lap record with a 101.286mph lap as they closed on an opportunity to pass Reeves and Wilkes.
Disaster struck for the defending champs, however, when they were forced to pull off and check an issue at Cross Four Ways, throwing their work to keep up with former champ Reeves and Wilkes out the window.
It wasn’t all tears for Holden and Cain, though – they still managed to get back on the road and finish on the rostrum ahead of Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley, who bagged third.
*Image: Dirk Wharton