Guy Martin Wins Southern 100 Senior Race

2011 Southern 100

After dominating all practices for the Southern 100 and taking second in the opening Corlett’s Trophies 1000cc event, Guy Martin took his debut victory Wednesday aboard the Relentless Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Martin won the The Total Oils Senior Race by a mere 0.047 of a second over Kawasaki’s Michael Dunlop, which became the sixth tightest win in the 56 years of the race.

Dunlop, who won the Corlett’s Trophies 1000cc race on Tuesday, was quick all day Wednesday. The PB Kawasaki rider set a new outright lap record the 4.25-mile Billown Circuit at the southern end of the Isle of Man – a 112.393 mph.

Kawasaki’s Ryan Farquhar took the final Southern 100 podium position behind Dunlop and Guy Martin, with another Kawasaki rider, Conor Cummins, taking fourth. Early in the race, Cummins was trailing Cameron Donald, but Donald crashed at Cross Four Ways, giving the spot to Cummins.

Rounding out the top five was yet another Suzuki, a ZX-10R ridden by Dan Kneen.

The Senior Race was set to start at 6:20 p.m., but due to a fuel spill at Cross Four Ways and Castletown Corner, the race was delayed 50 minutes and subsequently shortened from eight to six laps.

Guy Martin (Relentless Suzuki GSX-R1000) says: "I’m not a man who is ever happy with second place. No one remembers the losers so tonight’s job was what we have been looking for. I got a good start and led on every lap but Michael was close enough at the finish. The one that matters is the Solo Championship race. On Wednesday we just cleaned the flies off the big GSX-R and tipped some fuel into it. It’s a pity about the 600 race getting stopped but we’ll get another go at it tomorrow. Yeah the job’s a good ‘un."

Philip Neill (Relentless Suzuki Team Manager) says: "We saw the potential with Guy Martin on GSX-R machinery straight away and his consistent results have confirmed how well he is gelling with the bikes and the team. It’s fantastic to see him secure his first win for TAS Racing. The Southern is a great event and a bit of a wind-down opportunity for us without any particular pressure.

"We know how much Guy Martin loves competing there and we’re pleased to be able to support the event and will do whenever possible in the future. Let’s hope we can continue this run of success with Guy and indeed for the rest of the season."

The IOMTT reports that in the evenings other race the combined 650/250cc class saw wins for Ryan Farquhar (650cc) and William Dunlop (250cc) with Ryan also setting a new lap record of 99.472, breaking his own lap record of 98.240 that he set last year. Farquhar held the lead from the start and came in just over 5 seconds ahead of Wayne Hamilton with Ian Lougher in third.

The 250cc class started a minute ahead of the 650’s and Chris Palmer established an early lead after a poor start from William Dunlop. However Palmer retired at the end of the second lap leaving William to take victory with Phil Harvey and Jamie Coward taking second and third, the IOMTT says.

The rest of the scheduled racing program was abandoned due to the state of the road following an incident involving Dave Taylor and Dan Sayle. Sayle was reported unhurt but Taylor was taken to hospital with fractures. A Flag Marshal was also reported to have received leg fractures in the same incident and a spectator was taken to hospital with an eye injury, the IOMTT reports.

2011 IOM Southern 100: Senior Race Results [6 laps]:
1. Guy Martin [Relentless by TAS Suzuki] 13mins 53.653
2. Michael Dunlop [Kawasaki] 13mins 53.700
3. Ryan Farquhar [Kawasaki] 14mins 14.938
4. Conor Cummins [Kawasaki] 14mins 21.714
5. Dan Kneen [Kawasaki] 14mins 23.750
6. Russ Mountford [Honda] 14mins 24.376.

Guy’s Southern 100 Race Schedule:

Thursday, July 14:

  • 11:10 a.m. – S&S Motors’ 600cc Race [8 Laps]
  • 3 p.m. – Manx Gas Solo Championship Race [9 Laps]
  • 8:30 p.m. – Open Air Presentation in Castletown Market Square