NEW names came to the fore today at Billown as the Isle of Man Steam Packet Southern 100 seared into life in the Castletown sun.
Don Gilbert grabbed an early lead in the opening JCK Ltd 600 B race of the day, but just two seconds covered the top five as Dennis Booth, Barry Furber, Dave McConnachy and Dave Moffitt all gave chase.
McConnachy soon slipstreamed past to hit the front and he then dropped the hammer, pulling a two-second gap with the quickest lap of the race.
The Geordie continued to hold his advantage as he powered to victory, leaving Gilbert and Booth to the final rostrum spots.
Fresh off his podium finish, Booth was straight back out on track for the GH Corlett Solo Founders race as he led lights-to-flag on his 1000 to snatch the overall win ahead of Jean-Pierre Polet and Richard Eglin.
Meanwhile in the battle further afield, Supertwin-mounted Marc Colvin got the better of 600 rider Tim Burrows to cross the line fifth overall and best of the non-big bike runners.
In the Station Garage Sidecar consolation race, Ryan and Callum Crowe stormed off the line to grab the holeshot ahead of John Lowther and Rob Child and while the latter duo looked to be keeping check on the Manxmen, the Crowe’s soon pulled away.
With almost 1.5sec in hand after the first lap, the brothers looked to be stretching even more on lap two, but the race was brought to a halt moments later with red flags.
Although just over a lap had been completed, delays meant the club had to declare a result with the Crowes on top of the podium ahead of Lowther and Child as Michael Russell and Tom Bryant bagged third.
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