Steam Packet International Southern 100

Steam Packet International Southern 100

 

The Southern 100 road races are held on the 4.25 mile Billown circuit in the South of the Isle of Man, close to Castletown, and features a packed week of racing.

The first Southern 100 race was held in 1955 and has since featured many former British and World Champions. The Southern 100 marked its 60th anniversary in 2015.

Famously known as ‘the friendly races’, this meeting features a great mix of classes, including superbikes and sidecars, the later were introduced in 1962. Always popular among such road racing greats such as Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop, and other rising stars.

Unlike the Isle of Man TT races, the Southern 100 features a mass start rather than a time trial. From the Start & Finish line on the A5 in Castletown competitors follow the main road as far as Ballakeighan where they turn sharp right for the fast section past Iron Gates, through Ballanorris to a hairpin corner at Ballabeg.  The next section sees riders race through a series of bends past Ballawhetstone, Williams Corner and Billown Dip.  At Cross Four Ways they negotiate a sharp right hand corner before heading towards Church Bends, past Great Meadow and Stadium Bends.  At Castletown Corner they turn right for the final dash to the finish line.

As always a big part of road racing is that you can sit right on the edge of the circuit. Watch the bikes pass only just inches from the hedges and walls. There are grandstands provided for spectating; these can be found at the start & finish area along with Castletown corner, there were also smaller scaffolding rigs erected on farms. The scaffolding are provided by the farm and open to all public, there was tea, coffee and cakes on offer all for a donation to help support the Southern 100.