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 2001 Southern 100 - Latest News

The Southern 100 Committee intend to run full Race Programme, as was originally planned for July, with prize money totalling nearly £20,000 should their meeting go ahead at the re-scheduled dates in September.

With co-operation from the Steam Packet Company the scheduled sailing to Belfast on Sunday 16th September has been changed, to facilitate people involved with this years Southern '100' Road Races wishing to return to Northern Ireland. The SeaCat will now leave Douglas at 17.30 hours.

Everyone who has already booked on the ferry for the original Southern dates can change their booking by quoting Code [MR/SMR] and the booking will be changed to new times in September.

The premier race of the meeting, the Solo Championship will now be run as the opening race on the Sunday afternoon - thus allowing competitors who have to return to adjacent Islands to embark their sailings on time.

Competitors are selected from the Senior and Junior Solo Founders and Senior and Junior Solo Races which will be run on the preceding day, Saturday. Secretary of the Meeting George Peach Said: " We are keeping everything crossed that the races will now go ahead, we have a cut off date on 10th August, when a decision will be taken, however I would urge all competitors to enter now. No cheques will be banked until we know for sure that the races will take place.

"The indications are that we will have full grids for most races and we look forward to receiving entries as soon as possible." There are fears that the entry might be effected by running the meeting as what will be the last Road Race of the year and due to the fact that it will be a busy time for riders who may be involved at the Manx Grand Prix, Scarborough and Killalane.

However Pre race favourites for the main honours in both Sidecars and Solos's, Dave Molyneux and Ian Lougher respectively, will definitely take part should the event go ahead. Adrian Archibald may be forced to put off his comeback due to his busy schedule at that time of the year.

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