Belfast Telegraph

Elliott, Martin lap up emotional wins at Southern 100

By Paul Lindsay

Seamus Elliott was a surprise but popular winner in last night's Radcliffe Butchers' 600cc race at the Southern 100, on an evening when Tyco BMW's Guy Martin headed home fellow BMW Motorrad pilot Michael Dunlop in the Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior race.

Martin led pretty much from start to finish and pulled Dunlop with him, and such was their pace, third placed man Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha - which needed rebuilt overnight after a spill on Tuesday - was almost 15 seconds adrift.

Dunlop was just 9/100ths of a second adrift of Martin at the finish, setting up a potentially mouth watering battle in today's Solo Championship race to conclude this year's event.

Guy Martin said of his 12th win on the Billown circuit at the Southern 100: "That was spot on and the Tyco BMW was mint. Michael was getting a bit close at the finish, which will make for an interesting race."

The race of the night was undoubtedly the Supersport encounter, which saw four different leaders throughout the seven-lap encounter. Russ Mountford was the early leader and James Cowton also pushed his nose in front, but Mar-Train Racing's Dean Harrison took a four second advantage on to the final lap, only for his engine to expire within sight of the flag.

Ballymoney ace Elliott went on to take the win, just 0.5sec ahead of Russ Mountford with Manxman Dan Kneen third, a further 0.07sec behind. Following a burnout celebration, an exasperated Elliott said: "I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I just kept my head down and when I saw Dean with his hand up to retire, I thought, 'we have this in the bag'. I really can't believe it."

A full programme of racing will take place today.

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