Southern 100 Statistics and Race Records 

These are the impressive records and stats that have been set over the past 60 years at the Southern 100 road race.

The first Southern 100 road races took place in 1955 with the race winners being Terry Shepherd (500cc), Derek Ennett (350cc) and Dave Chadwick (250cc) and it was Shepherd who took the fastest lap of the meeting at 80.95mph, a time of 3m9s.

Exactly 20 years later, the first ever 90mph lap of the 4.25-mile course was recorded and it was Ulster legend Ray McCullough that put his name in the record books forever, achieving the mark in the 350cc race, the first event of race week.

We didn’t have to wait anywhere near as long for the first ever 100mph lap of the Billown Course and it came just eight years later. Again it was an Ulsterman, on this occasion Brian Reid and in 1983 he lapped in a time of 2m33.0s on his RG500 Suzuki to give a speed of exactly 100mph. A total of 189 riders have now achieved the feat with the first 110mph lap being set by Ian Lougher in 2005.

Dan Keen at Southern 100 credit Mar-Train Racing

Dan Kneen at Southern 100 credit Mar-Train Racing

Dean Harrison is the current outright lap record holder, his speed of 114.601mph being set in the 2014 Solo Championship race. Eighteen riders have now broken the 110mph barrier with Jamie Coward, Elliott and Ryan Kneen the latest three to achieve the feat in 2016.

Fastest 25 solo riders

Rider Machine Year Time Speed
1. Dean Harrison 1000 Kawasaki 2014 2m13.507s 114.601mph
2. Guy Martin 1000 Suzuki 2014 2m13.667s 114.464mph
3. Michael Dunlop 1000 Honda 2016 2m14.094s 114.099mph
4. Daniel Kneen 1000 Suzuki 2014 2m15.346s 113.044mph
5. Conor Cummins 1000 Suzuki 2012 2m16.295s 112.257mph
6. Ryan Farquhar 1000 Kawasaki 2011 2m16.365s 112.199mph
7. William Dunlop 1000 Honda 2011 2m16.441s 112.136mph
8. Ivan Lintin 1000 Kawasaki 2016 2m16.632s 111.980mph
9. Ian Lougher 1000 Honda 2005 2m16.750s 111.883mph
10. Cameron Donald 1000 Honda 2006 2m17.510s 111.265mph
11. Jamie Coward 1000 Kawasaki 2016 2m17.829s 111.007mph
12. James Cowton 1000 Honda 2014 2m18.142s 110.756mph
13. Jamie Hamilton 1000 Kawasaki 2013 2m18.446s 110.512mph
14. Seamus Elliot 1000 Kawasaki 2016 2m18.458s 110.503mph
15. Jason Griffiths 1000 Yamaha 2005 2m18.739s 110.279mph
16. Russ Mountford 1000 Kawasaki 2015 2m18.739s 110.236mph
17. Ryan Kneen 1000 Kawasaki 2016 2m19.003s 110.070mph
18. Lee Vernon 1000 BMW 2012 2m19.045s 110.036mph
19. Michael Pearson 1000 BMW 2013 2m19.339s 109.804mph
20. Daniel Hegarty 1000 Kawasaki 2016 2m19.633s 109.573mph
21. Davy Morgan 1000 Suzuki 2013 2m19.664s 109.549mph
22. Steve Mercer 1000 BMW 2011 2m19.828s 109.420mph
23. Martin Finnegan 1000 Honda 2007 2m19.961s 109.316mph
24. Alan Bonner 1000 Kawasaki 2016 2m20.169s 109.154mph
25. Darran Lindsay 1000 Suzuki 2005 2m20.213s 109.119mph

Fastest 25 Sidecars 

It wasn’t until 1962 that the first Sidecar race took place at the Southern 100 and it was Charlie Freeman who took the honours with victory over Fred Wallis. Indeed, Freeman took four wins in five years before the 70s saw a lot more varied drivers take the victories.

However, it was in 1981 when history was made with the Irish pairing of Lowry Burton/Martin Murphy setting the first ever 90mph lap of the Billown Course. They knocked over three seconds off their existing lap record and recorded a lap of 2m47.6s, 91.28mph.

Lowry Burton

Lowry Burton

Unlike the solos, speeds didn’t increase as rapidly for the three-wheelers (although the removal of the Open class played a significant part) but Nick/Crowe/Daniel Sayle came oh so close to setting the first ever 100mph lap in 2007. Their lap of 99.778mph came under serious threat from Tim Reeves, Ian Bell and John Holden in 2015 but we only had to wait one more year before the magical 100mph barrier – and Crowe’s nine-year old lap record – was finally broken.

In a thrilling Championship race in 2016, Reeves, Holden and Ben Birchall all lapped at more than 100mph on the sixth lap with Reeves, and passenger Patrick Farrance, eventually claiming a new outright lap record at 100.749mph.

Driver/Passenger Machine Year Time Speed
1. Tim Reeves/ Patrick Farrance 600 Honda 2016 2m31.862s 100.749mph
2. Ben Birchall/ Tom Birchall 600 Honda 2016 2m31.964s 100.682mph
3. John Holden/ Andy Winkle 600 Honda 2016 2m32.726s  100.179mph
4. Nick Crowe/ Dan Sayle 600 Honda 2007 2m33.341s 99.778mph
5. Ian Bell/ Carl Bell 600 Yamaha 2015 2m33.605s 99.606mph
6. Conrad Harrison/ Mike Aylott 600 Honda 2015 2m34.143s 99.258mph
7. Dave Molyneux/ Benjamin Binns 600 Kawasaki 2014 2m34.449s 99.062mph
8. Klaus Klaffenbock/ Dan Sayle 600 Honda 2011 2m34.821s 98.824mph
9. Simon Neary/ Jason Crowe 600 Honda 2011 2m34.836s 98.814mph
10. Karl Bennett/ Lee Cain 600 Suzuki 2016 2m36.746s 97.610mph
11. Gary Bryan/ Jamie Winn 600 Honda 2013 2m36.847s 97.547mph
12. Wayne Lockey/ Mark Sayers 600 Honda 2016 2m36.921s 97.501mph
13. Greg Lambert/ Kenny Cole 600 Honda 2013 2m37.446s 97.176mph
14. Steve Coombes/ Paul Knapton 600 Honda 2009 2m38.553s 96.498mph
15. Glyn Jones/ Richard Murphy 600 Suzuki 2011 2m38.575s 96.484mph
16. Dean Lindley/ Dean Kilkenny 600 Suzuki 2014 2m38.619s 96.458mph
17. Roy Hanks/ Dave Wells 600 Yamaha 2002 2m38.80s 96.347mph
18. Vic Jefford/ Peter Hill 700 Yamaha 1990 2m40.40s 95.386mph
19. Dwight Beare/ Noel Beare 600 Suzuki 2014 2m40.438s 95.364mph
20. Geoff Bell/ Craig Hallam 600 Yamaha 2000 2m40.70s 95.208mph
= Phil Dongworth/ John Luebke 600 Kawasaki 2002 2m40.70s 95.208mph
22. Nigel Connole/ Jamie Winn 600 Honda 2007 2m40.834s 95.129mph
23. Steve Ramsden/ Matty Ramsden 600 Honda 2016 2m41.164s 94.934mph
24. Kenny Howles/ Doug Jewell 600 Yamaha 2003 2m41.20s 94.913mph
25. Darren Hope/ Paul Bumfrey 600 Kawasaki 2014 2m41.351s 98.824mph

Leading winners – Solos (10 or more)

Having made his debut in 1956, Cheshire’s Bill Smith had become the most successful rider ever at Billown by the 1970s with 13 wins to his credit including the Solo Championship of 1971.

However, it’s Welshman Ian Lougher who now holds the record with 32 wins between 1987 and 2013. He made his S100 debut in 1983 with his first win coming four years later in the 350cc race. He finally became the most successful rider in 2013, his final year in racing.

Ian Lougher

Ian Lougher

His win in that year’s Junior Solo Founders race saw him edge out Joey Dunlop whose 31 wins had long seen him out front. Making his debut in 1976, Joey was immediately successful winning that year’s Solo Championship and with his sixth win in the same race coming in 1999, some 23 years later, that total remains the best.

Local rider Kenny Harrison was incredibly successful throughout the 1980s, throughout the classes, whilst he added more wins in the 1990s with the introduction of the Classic race. Dave Leach was another rider to enjoy success during this period especially in 1989 and 1990.

Alongside Leach comes Ryan Farquhar who looks like he won’t add to his tally of 17 wins whilst he was joined on that figure by Michael Dunlop in 2016 after the Ulsterman won all four Superbike races on his BMW.

The recently retired Chris Palmer whose first win at the Southern, surprisingly didn’t come until 2005 behind them on 14 with the enigmatic. Guy Martin one place further back on 13. Meanwhile, current stars Dean Harrison (10) and William Dunlop (9) sure to increase their tally in the forthcoming years.

Rider Wins
1. Ian Lougher 32 (1987 – 2013)
2. Joey Dunlop 21 (1976 – 1999)
3. Kenny Harrison 19 (1983 – 1994)
4. Dave Leach 17 (1988 – 1995)
= Ryan Farquhar 17 (2003 – 2012)
= Michael Dunlop 17 (2010 – 2016)
7. Chris Palmer 14 (2005 – 2012)
8. Bill Smith 13 (1956 – 1976)
= Guy Martin 13 (2004 – 2015)
10. Bob Jackson 12 (1977 – 1998)
= Jason Griffiths 12 (1993 – 2002)
= David Madsen- Mygdal 12 (1997 – 2005)
13. Derek Whalley 11 (1989 – 2000)
14. Robert Dunlop 10 (1997 – 2006)
= Barry Wood 10 (1991 – 2003)
= Dean Harrison 10 (2013 – 2016)

Championship Wins (3 or more)

Some of motorcycling’s greatest names have won the feature Southern 100 Solo Championship including Phil Read, Charlie Williams, Ray McCullough, Tom Herron, Brian Reid and Phillip McCallen but it’s perhaps not surprising to see Joey Dunlop have the greatest tally with the Ballymoney legend winning the title on no less than six times.

He won at his very first attempt in 1976 and promptly won three years in a row and although he missed the meeting for much of the 1980’s, he was back in the 90’s where he added three more titles to his collection.

Regular rival Ian Lougher is next up on 5 titles and that places him one ahead of Guy Martin, who makes no secret of the fact the Southern 100 is his favourite meeting.

They’re the only riders to have won four Championships or more but there are four riders who have been victorious on three occasions including the winner of the very first race in 1955, Liverpudlian Terry Shepherd. Bill Smith’s titles spanned twelve years whilst Jason Griffiths was one of the most successful riders at the meeting during the 1990s. Michael Dunlop’s third Championship win in 2016 saw him draw alongside Shepherd, Smith and Griffiths.

Rider Wins Years
Joey Dunlop 6 1976, 1977, 1978, 1991, 1993 and 1999
Ian Lougher 5 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008
Guy Martin 4 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015
Terry Shepherd 3 1955, 1956 and 1958
Bill Smith 3 1959, 1967 and 1971
Jason Griffiths 3 1994, 1996 and 1997
Michael Dunlop 3 2011, 2012 and 2016

Leading Winners – Sidecars (5 or more)

With the Sidecar class joining the Southern 100 programme in 1962, the first dominant force was Charlie Freeman who took six wins between 1962 and 1969 although it was Ken Allen who claimed the first Championship race in 1968.

In the 1970s, it was the likes of John Watson and Allan Steele who were very much the drivers to beat, the duo both taking two Championships each.

However, by the 1980s, there was a new driver on the block and it was Lowry Burton who became the most successful driver in the Southern’s history, a title he held for 15 years. Partnered firstly by Martin Murphy and then Pat Cushnahan, the Ulsterman won five Championships between 1980 and 1988.

2000 Sidecar Races…

The next two decades saw Dave Molyneux, Geoff Bell and Ian Bell all win numerous Championships although Scots ace Bill Davie took three in a row between 1993 and 1995. When the F2 class became the sole class on the schedule though, Molyneux took over and he finally battered Burton’s long-standing total of 12 wins. He currently has 15 althogh, somewhat surprisingly, his last one was as far back as 2003.

Ian Bell created history in 1999 when he became the first, and only, man to win both Sidecar and Solo Championships, the latter having been won in 1987. Indeed, the Bedlington motor cycle dealer took seven wins on two wheels to add to his six in the sidecar class. Meanwhile, Nick Crowe took seven wins between 2004 and 2007 and would surely have won more had he not has his career-ending accident at the TT in 2009. He was joined on this total by Tim Reeves after the 2016 meeting after the five-time World Champion added another brace to his tally.

Rider Wins
1. Dave Molyneux 15 (1985 – 2003)
2. Lowry Burton 12 (1980 – 1988)
3. Geoff Bell 9 (1989 – 1996)
4. Nick Crowe 7 (2004 – 2007)
= Tim Reeves 7 (2013 – 2016)
6. Charlie Freeman 6 (1962 – 1969)
= Ian Bell 6 (1999 – 2014)
8. Allan Steele 5 (1977 – 1979)
= John Watson 5 (1972 – 1978)

Championship Wins (3 or more)

In a career that started over thirty years, not only does Dave Molyneux have the most individual race wins around Billown, he’s also won the most Sidecar championships with six coming his way between 1986 and 2003 – it’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since he last won the Championship although he hasn’t been ever present since then.

Charlie Freeman was the first three-wheel king at the S100 as he took five titles between 1962 and 1969, a total that was matched by Northern Ireland great Lowry Burton in the 1980s.

Nick Crowe took four Championship wins in four years in the 2000s, a figure that surely would have been higher had it not been for his career-ending crash at the TT in 2009. Meanwhile, two drivers have a total of three Championships to their name, the late Ian Bell and Tim Reeves who moved onto this figure after another win in 2016.

Riders Wins Years
Dave Molyneux 6 1986, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2002 and 2003
Charlie Freeman 5 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1969
Lowry Burton 5 1980, 1981, 1983, 1987 and 1988
Nick Crowe 4 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007
Ian Bell 3 1999, 2000 and 2009
Tim Reeves 4 2013, 2015 and 20156

Lap Records 

These are the current lap records set at the Southern 100.

Race Rider(s) Time Speed Year
 Superbike/Outright Dean Harrison (1000 Kawasaki) 2m13.507s 114.601mph 2014
Supersport 600 Dean Harrison (600 Yamaha) 110.431mph 2014
Supertwins Dean Harrison (650 Kawasaki) 2m27.494s 103.733mph 2013
 250cc Ian Lougher (250 Honda) 2m28.000s 103.378mph 2002
125cc William Dunlop (125 Jonda) 2m37.107s  97.386mph 2009
Supersport 400cc Roy Richardson (400 Yamaha)  2m36.224s 97.936mph 2009
 Sidecar Tim Reeves/ Patrick Farrance  2m31.862s 100.749mph 2016
Classic 1000 Kenny Harrison 2m43.0s 93.865mph 1995
Classic 500 Alan Oversby 2m45.552s 94.418mph 2005
Classic 350 Paul Coward 2m52.54s 88.675mph 2004

Race Records

These are the current race records set at the Southern 100.

Race Rider(s) Time Speed Year
Superbike Michael Dunlop (1000 Honda) 18m20.150s 113.412mph 2013 (8 laps)
Solo Championship Guy Martin (1000 Suzuki) 20m19.741s 112.893mph 2014 (9 laps)
Supersport 600 Dean Harrison (600 Yamaha) 16m27.818s 108.421mph 2014 (7 laps)
Supertwins Dean Harrison (650 Kawasaki) 14m58.722s 102.145mph 2014 (6 laps)
250cc Ian Lougher (250 Honda) 24m50.000s 102.068mph 2002 (10 laps)
125cc William Dunlop (125 Honda) 15m57.103s 95.914mph  2009 (6 laps)
Supersport 400 Roy Richardson (400 Yamaha) 15m51.062s 96.524mph 2009 (6 laps)
Sidecar Tim Reeves/ Patrick Farrance (600 DMR Honda) 20m38.983s 98.794mph 2016 (6 laps)
Classic 1000 Glen English 22m06.8s 92.252mph 1995 (8 laps)
Classic 500 Alan Oversby 16m49.739s 90.915mph 2005 (6 laps)
Classic 350 Ewan Hamilton 17m45.410s 86.164mph 2005 (6 laps)

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Statistical information provided by Phil Wain.