Dean Harrison’s Southern 100 has started in the best possible fashion, with a win in the opening race of the meeting. The Bradford rider, who had been looking fast in practice, beat Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop in the Corlett’s Trophies 600cc/1000cc Superbike race.
Harrison led from start to finish in the seven lap race. He eventually finished over five seconds clear of Tyco Suzuki’s Martin who in turn was a mere four tenths of a second ahead of Dunlop. Manxman Dan Kneen finished in fourth place ahead of Russ Mountford, Ivan Lintin, James Cowton, Seamus Elliott, and his brother Ryan Kneen. In tenth was Conor Cummins, who was the first 600 rider home. Joining him on the 600 podium were Malachi Mitchell-Thomas and Roy Richardson.
Following the 600cc/1000cc race it was time for the Station Garage 125/400cc race, a class dominated by Alistair Haworth in practice. He went on to win the race, and the 400cc class, beating Dave Taylor by over 16 seconds. Dave Corlett rounded off the podium finishers just shy of a second down on Taylor. Elsewhere Paul Robinson was the first 125 rider across the line, beating Tom Snow and Chris McGahan.
Racing continues this evening and tomorrow.