YOUNG GUNS TARGET TT WINS
These up-and-coming racers are tipped to be the TT stars of tomorrow and made a big impact on this year’s Southern 100
Run on a stone wall-lined 4.25-mile circuit near Castletown on the Isle of Man, the Southern 100 is the home of the island’s second road race venue. Celebrating its 62nd running in 2017, the event differs in many ways from the more famous Manx and TT races on the 37.73-mile Mountain course.
As a time trial event which offers a unique challenge and lucrative financial rewards, the Isle of Man TT is the world’s premier roads event, attracting the sport’s elite talent and fans from all over the world.
With more tents than motorhomes in the paddock, the Southern offers a more affordable option for grassroots competitors to rub shoulders with TT stars like Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison in mass start races.
The Southern 100, like the Irish National events at places like Tandragee, Skerries and Armoy, plus those races run at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount, provide the nursery slopes for road racing’s aspiring stars to hone the talents they hope will some day result in TT glory. Here are the young guns with the big time in their sights.