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 Southern 100 Cancelled - Official Press Release

The Committee of Southern '100' Motorcycle Racing Limited met this evening [Wednesday 11th July] to discuss the ongoing situation within the UK of the Foot & Mouth epidemic and the continuing effects on Motorcycle Road Racing on the Isle of Man. The Chairman, Secretary and Clerk of the Course had met with the Ministry of Agriculture's Veterinary experts earlier in the week, as part of the club's agreed procedures and were advised that there was still serious concerns that the disease could reach the Island.

In turn the farming community which surrounds the Billown Course have been consulted, and whilst none wished to see the 2001 event cancelled, concern was expressed at maintaining risks to a level acceptable to all concerned.

Therefore Southern '100' Motorcycle Racing has decided, with regret to cancel the ""Steam Packet" Southern '100' National Road Races for 2001. Having previously, postponed the races from the 'traditional' July dates, to September in the hope that the outbreaks in the adjacent island would had been contained, and being granted a one-off Sunday Racing Road Closing Order the organisers are bitterly disappointed that no racing will take place on the Billown Circuit during this year.

Chairman, Derek Nicholson said: "It is regretted that we, as a club, have had to call off this years events, especially so, with all the efforts put in by the committee to see racing taking place in the south of the Isle of Man during this year, but having due regard for all the co-operation the club receives annually from the farmers, landowners, as well as the government agencies and in the best interests of the Manx community as a whole, to 'lose' one year for their continued long term support is a small price to pay."

Secretary George Peach added: " It is perhaps more disappointing that the 'new dates' have had to be abandoned - as such a wonderful response had been received from competitors wishing to enter - all we can ask them is to keep their enthusiasm intact, until next May [Pre-TT Classic] and July [Southern'100']. "All entries fees, received, have not been banked and monies will be returned in the next day or so.

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