Belfast Telegraph

Southern 100 opener postponed after red flag

By Paul Lindsay

Last night's Corlett's Solo Founders Race, which was set to open this year's Southern 100 Road Races on the Isle of Man, was red flagged after just one lap for an incident involving Dan Hegarty.

Tyco BMW rider Guy Martin was leading at the time of the stoppage from Russ Mountford, pole position man Ivan Lintin, Padgett's Honda mounted Manxman Dan Kneen and Ballymoney's Michael Dunlop.

Due to heavy showers, the race was pushed back to 8.10pm, but after the red flag the organising Club postponed the race, and will slot it into tonight's programme of events, set to get under way at 6.20pm.

There was also a red flag during practice for an incident involving Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha. Harrison was on his feet, but the damage to his YZF-R1 was too extensive for the Temple-based team to repair in time for last night's action.

The programme for tonight begins with the seven-lap Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior race, followed by the Mike Kerruish Plumbing & Heating 250cc/650cc Supertwin race, which is over six laps. Next up will be the Radcliffe Butchers 600cc race over eight laps, with the Ace Hire Formula 2 Sidecar event over six laps.

The biggest day of racing will be tomorrow with an eight-race programme starting at 10.15am and culminating with Solo and Sidecar Championship races over nine and eight laps respectively.

Last year's winner, Martin, will be looking to retain the trophy for Hector and Philip Neill's Tyco BMW squad, but will face stiff opposition from upcoming stars Lintin and Harrison, a multiple winner last year, onboard the Mar-Train Yamaha.

Meanwhile, the schedule for the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy features a new timetable that will see both solo and sidecar champions crowned on the final day of racing.

The final race day, which falls on Friday June 10, 2016, will include the second Sure Sidecar Race before culminating with the traditional blue riband PokerStars' Senior TT.

In a further change, the Bennetts' Lightweight TT Race will now move to Wednesday June 8 and will be increased to four laps.

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