RECORDS FALL AT SOUTH­ERN

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Dean Har­ri­son did the Su­pers­port dou­ble on his Sil­i­cone Kawasaki ZX-6R, but it was Michael Dunlop who set a new lap record on his MD Rac­ing Yamaha R6 at 111.335mph.

James Cowton split the pair in the first race on his Mca­doo Kawasaki and fin­ished third in the sec­ond en­counter.

Har­ri­son re­vealed how he man­aged to get his ma­chine bang on the pace: “We made the rear sus­pen­sion slightly softer and changed the gear­ing be­tween the first and sec­ond race. I knew my brak­ing points and I reck­oned if any­one tried to out­brake me they would run on.”

Dunlop played his part in a cou­ple of great races, but just couldn’t quite match Har­ri­son’s pace. Dunlop said: “We were good on the fast bits but the Kawasaki just had more drive out of the slower cor­ners so that is some­thing we will have to take a look at be­fore the Ul­ster Grand Prix.”

In the smaller-ca­pac­ity classes Ivan Lintin scored a dou­ble on the Dafa­bet De­vitt’s Kawasaki ER6 in the 250cc/650cc race as James Cowton (Mca­doo Kawasaki) fin­ished run­ner-up and Rob Hod­son took third in both races. In the sec­ond race just 0.065sec sep­a­rated Lintin and Cowton with Cowton set­ting a new lap record at 104.6mph.

Bal­ly­money’s Dar­ryl Tweed (Kawasaki) claimed two 400cc race wins, de­spite clout­ing the wall at Church Bends in the sec­ond race!

The side­car races ended in bit­ter con­tro­versy when the Klaffi Honda out­fit of Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes and the IEG Honda ma­chine driven by the Bir­chall broth­ers, Ben and Tom, were in­volved in a huge, high speed col­li­sion.

Reeves ended up up­side down on the fi­nal lap of the cham­pi­onship race. He claimed he had been rammed by the Bir­challs while they hit back, say­ing that the for­mer world cham­pion had closed the door af­ter they went for a gap. The stew­ards dis­qual­i­fied both teams, hand­ing vic­tory to John Holden and Lee Cain.

In the first side­car race, Reeves and Wilkes set a new lap record at 100.751mph be­fore break­ing down on the penul­ti­mate lap and handed the Bir­challs vic­tory.

‘The side­car races ended in con­tro­versy af­ter a huge col­li­sion’

Har­ri­son (2), Cowton (52) and Dunlop (3) locked in bat­tle dur­ing the su­pers­port show­down

Tim Reeves gets it all wrong af­ter a col­li­sion with the Bir­challs

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