Seven-time Southern 100 Sidecar Champion Dave Molyneux will return to the Billown Circuit in 2014 after a 10 year absense.
The Manxman, who recently took his 17th win at the Isle of Man TT, will race the same 600cc DMR Kawasaki that he rode at this year’s Isle of Man TT alongside Patrick Farrance, with Benjamin Binns stepping in to the passenger seat.
Molyneux’s Southern 100 success dates back to 1986, where he took his first Sidecar Championship with Paul Kneale in the chair. Molyneux went on to win four more titles, with the trophy returning to him in 1991, 1992 & 1993 with Karl Ellison and again in 1998 with Craig Hallam.
With no racing in 2001, ‘Moly’ returned to the Billown circuit in 2002 with Hallam, proving to be a fine choice in ballast as the duo took back to back titles, retaining their crown in 2003. Since then Molyneux has focused his attention on the Isle of Man TT and World Championship campaigns.
With 15 Southern 100 race wins and seven championship titles to his name, Molyneux is likely to be a strong contender for the top spot, although many of his Mountain Course rivals will be aiming to stop his dream return, including Tim Reeves, Ian Bell, John Holden and Conrad Harrison, who took a very popular first win at this year’s TT.
The 2014 Steam Packet Southern 100 takes place across 7-10 July, with Reeves looking to retain his 2013 crown, while Guy Martin will look to retain the Solo Championship.