Billown Circuit

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Billown Circuit
Billown Circuit.svg
Location Castletown, Isle of Man
Time zone GMT
Coordinates 54°05′18″N 4°39′52″W / 54.08845°N 4.66455°W / 54.08845; -4.66455Coordinates: 54°05′18″N 4°39′52″W / 54.08845°N 4.66455°W / 54.08845; -4.66455
Major events Southern 100, Pre-TT Classic Races, National Road Races, Ultra-Lightweight TT, Lightweight TT
Length 4.25 mi (6.84 km)
Turns 14+
Lap record 2:13.923 114.245 mph (183.860 km/h) (Guy Martin, Suzuki, (2013))

The Billown Circuit is a motorcycle road-race course used for the Southern 100, the Pre-TT Classic races and the National Road Races meetings in Castletown on the Isle of Man. Racing is held on public roads closed for racing by an Act of Tynwald, the parliament of the Isle of Man.

The course is 4.25 miles (6.8 km) long and is in the parishes of Arbory and Malew. The course start-line is in Castletown and the course includes parts of the primary A5 New Castletown Road, A28 Castletown to Ballabeg Road, A7 Ballasalla to Port Erin Road and the A3 Castletown to Ramsey Road.

History[edit]

Following the closure of the former RAF Station at Andreas to motorcycle racing in 1954, and to celebrate the success of George 'Sparrow' Costain and Derek Ennett at the 1954 Manx Grand Prix, the Southern Motor Cycle Club (SMCC) proposed that a motorcycle circuit would be developed in area around Castletown in the Isle of Man.[1]

The proposal for a "South TT"[2] using roads around the new Castletown A5 by-pass and the Billown Mansion met with a lukewarm response and an application for a grant of £500 for race expenditure was rejected by the Tynwald Race Committee in April 1955.[3] A grant of £500 from local business including T.H.Coleburn for a public address system enabled the first Southern 100 road race event to be scheduled for July 1955 as a club-level race meeting.[4]

The Billown Circuit became a regional registered circuit in 1956 and a National Racing circuit in 1957 with a maximum of 45 entries per class[1] In 1988 a new race meeting was introduced with the Pre-TT Classic races, followed by the National Road Races in 1990. The re-introduction of two-stroke racing at the 2008 Isle of Man TT with a Lightweight TT and Ultra-Lightweight TT race, used the Billown Circuit to host Isle of Man TT races as part of the 2008 National Road Race meeting.

Speed and Race Records[edit]

The lap record for the Billown Circuit is 2 minutes 13.923 seconds at an average speed of 114.245 mph set by Guy Martin during the 2013 races.

List of fatal accidents involving competitors[edit]

No Rider Date Place Race Event Machine
1 England Maurice A.Bowdery 10 July 1958[5] Castletown Corner 1958 Southern 100 Junior
2 United Kingdom Tom Swindlehurst 9 July 1964 1964 Southern 100 Senior 500cc Norton
3 United Kingdom Graham Naylor July 1970 Williams Corner 1970 Southern 100 Senior
4 United Kingdom Mike Pepper July 1973 Great Meadow 1973 Southern 100
5 Northern Ireland Jim Farlowe 9 July 1974 Church Bends 1974 Southern 100
6 England Tony Dickinson 15 July 1981 Billown Dip (Black hole) 1981 Southern 100 250 Race 247 Yamaha (F)
7 Wales Graham Williams July 1983 Church Bends 1983 Southern 100
8 Scotland John Tawse July 1985 Church Bends 1985 Southern 100 Practice 250cc Rotax
9 United Kingdom Steve Taylor 10 July 1988 Great Meadow 1988 Southern 100 Solo Championship
10 Isle of Man Andy Bassett July 1991 Billown Dip 1991 Southern 100 Practice 350cc Yamaha
11 United Kingdom Roger Allen 2 June 1992 Ballakeighan Corner 1992 Pre-TT Classic Vintage Classic Race 498cc Triumph[6]
12 United Kingdom Michael Bellerby 30 May 1995 Ballanorris 1995 Pre-TT Classic Senior Classic Race
13 Isle of Man Matthew Wood 30 May 1995 Ballanorris 1995 Pre-TT Classic Senior Classic Race
14 United Kingdom Rob Harrison 18 July 1994 Iron Gate 1994 Southern 100
15 United Kingdom Graham Hayne July 1996 Great Meadow 1996 Southern 100 Practice 600cc Yamaha
16 Isle of Man Michael Craig July 1996 Great Meadow 1996 Southern 100 Practice 600cc Yamaha
17 United Kingdom Dave Pinkerton July 1996 Great Meadow 1996 Southern 100 Practice 350cc Yamaha
18 United Kingdom Gavin Lee 13 July 1999 Williams Corner 1999 Southern 100 250cc Yamaha[7]
19 United Kingdom Marc McDonald 13 July 1999 Williams Corner 1999 Southern 100 600cc Kawasaki[7]
20 United Kingdom Andy Brown 9 July 2003 Ballawhetstone 2003 Southern 100 600cc — Ireson Yamaha[8]
21 United Kingdom John Dowling 9 July 2003 Ballawhetstone 2003 Southern 100
(Sidecar Passenger)
600cc — Ireson Yamaha[8]
22 United Kingdom Tony Smith 25 May 2006 Iron Gate 2006 Pre-TT Classic Practice
23 United Kingdom Barry Pepperrell 25 May 2006 Iron Gate 2006 Pre-TT Classic
(Sidecar Passenger)
Practice
24 England Phillip Dongworth 14 July 2009[9] Ballanorris 2009 Southern 100 Practice 600cc Ireson Honda[10]
25 Isle of Man David Jukes 8 July 2013 Ballakeighan Corner 2013 Southern 100 Practice 600cc Yamaha
26 Isle of Man Mark Madsen-Mygdal 11 July 2013[11] Castletown Stadium 2013 Southern 100 600cc Race B 600cc Yamaha
27 Isle of Man Paul Thomas 11 July 2013[12] Osbourne's 2013 Southern 100
(Sidecar Passenger)
Sidecar Championship Race 600c Baker Yamaha[13]
28 Isle of Man Dean Martin 28 May 2016[14] Billown Dip 2016 Pre-TT Classic Practice

Total Overall Races Winners[edit]

Rider Wins
Joey Dunlop, Ian Lougher 42
Jason Griffiths, Chris Palmer 22
Ryan Farquhar 21
Dave Madsen-Mygdal 19
Kenny Harrison 18
Dave Leech 17
Bob Heath, Dave Molyneux 15
William Dunlop, Bill Swallow 14
Bill Smith 13
Lowry Burton, Bob Jackson, Jason Griffiths 12
Derek Walley 11
Barry Wood, Robert Dunlop 10
Geoff Bell, Ray McCullough 9
Mike Hose, Bud Jackson, Guy Martin 8
Ian Bell, Nick Crowe, Selwyn Griffiths, Darran Lindsay 7
Charlie Freeman, Bob Jackson, Phillip McCallen, Alan Oversby, Tim Poole, 6
Colin Bevan, Blair Degerholm, John Knowles, Dave Pither, Roy Richardson, Meryvn Stratford, Alan Steele, Charlie Williams, Derek Young, John Watson 5
Ian Bell, Tony Baker, Mick Burcombe, Bill Davie, Geoff Hands, Alan Oversby 4
Michael Dunlop 3
Bill Currie,(Pete & Ron Hardy) Kenny Howles, Klaus Klaffenböck, Greg Lambert, Dan Sayle, Geoff Young, Rob Bellas 2

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Southern 100 Silver Jubilee Road Racing Meeting pp33 SMCC Ltd (1979)
  2. ^ Isle of Man Examiner pp. 1, dated 14 January 1955
  3. ^ Isle of Man Examiner pp1 dated 22 April 1955
  4. ^ Isle of Man Examiner p.1 dated 13 May 1955
  5. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times pp8 dated 11 July 1958
  6. ^ The 1992 Southern 100 TT Classic Solo & Sidecar Racing — Official Programme pp18 Southern 100 MCRC Ltd (1992) Quine & Cubbon Ltd
  7. ^ a b Southern 100 Motorcycle & Sidecar Racing — Official Programme 1999 pp30 Southern 100 MCRC Ltd (1999) Quine & Cubbon Ltd
  8. ^ a b Southern 100 Motorcycle & Sidecar Racing — Official Programme 2003 pp6 Southern 100 MCRC Ltd (2003) Quine & Cubbon Ltd
  9. ^ Isle of Man Examiner p5 dated 28 July 2009
  10. ^ Southern 100 Race Guide 2009 p32 (2009) Southern 100 MCRC Ltd Quine & Cubbon Ltd
  11. ^ Isle of Man Courier – Roieder Ellan Vannin page 1 Isle of Man Newspapers Ltd (2013) Johnson Press Publishing – Sheffield Web 12 July 2013
  12. ^ Isle of Man Examiner – Brialtagh Ellan Vannin page 11 Isle of Man Newspapers Ltd (2013) Johnson Press Publishing – Sheffield Web 15–21 July 2013
  13. ^ Southern 100 International Road Races 2013 Southern 100 MCRC Ltd (2013) Quine & Cubbon Ltd Page 34
  14. ^ Isle of Man Classic TT 2016: Rider dies in practice race BBC News, Isle of Man, 28 May 2016, Retrieved 29 May 2016

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