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A decision on whether the 2001 Southern 100 Road Races will take place this year is due to be made this week. Many people believe that the event is likely to become another victim of the foot and mouth epidemic.
However, if it is cancelled, contingency plans are being drawn up to hold the event later on in the year. A bill is currently being passed through Tynwald to enable the club to close the roads in September, after the Manx Grand Prix, for a three-day meeting.

But whilst the wait for the decision continues, entries have been coming in. Ian Lougher, Ryan Farquhar, Jason Griffiths, Brian Kneale, Victor Gilmore, John Donnan, Robert Dunlop, Chris Dowling, Chris Palmer, Barry Davidson, Neil Richardson, Gary Carswell and Seamus Greene are just some of the top stars expected to appear.

Dean Ashton is a surprise entry, in what would be his first appearance at the event. Irish superstar, Adrian Archibald is also keen to ride, but his manager Davy Wood told us 'We have to wait and see what happens with the decision, because the races at home are starting up again, and we hope to go back to Scarborough and continue with the MRO Championship'.

Adrian has missed the event for the last few years mainly due to a busy Irish calendar, particularly the Champion of Champions series.

Dave Molyneux leads the sidecar entry, with Ian Bell, Geoff Bell, Phil Dongworth, Nick Crowe, Kenny Howles and Greg Lamert amongst other front-runners who are hoping to ride.

The Classic races at the Southern are always strong and this year will be no exception. Barry Wood, Karl Wilkie, Dave Madsen Mygdal, Derek Whalley, Bud Jackson and Les Trotter amongst the entries.

Everyone must now keep their fingers (and everything else for that matter) crossed this week, and hope that the 'right' decision is made - whatever that may be!

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