Southern 100 Racing, organisers of the Southern 100 International Road Races, is delighted to announce that the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is to continue as the event’s title sponsor for 2014.

Also known as ‘the friendly races’, the Southern 100 has a history dating back to 1955, with the Steam Packet Company becoming the title sponsor in 2000.

Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward commented: ‘The Company has a long association with motorsport in the Island and we are looking forward to next year’s event, which runs from July 7th - 10th 2014.’

‘Many future British and World Champions have tested their skills on the 4.25 mile Billown circuit on the outskirts of Castletown.’

‘The 4-day Southern 100 event attracts a truly international entry and is an established favourite in the road racing calendar which attracts top class solo riders and sidecar drivers from the British Isles, Europe as well as the Antipodes and of course our local riders from the Isle of Man.’

‘The mass starts and excellent vantage points on the circuit enable spectators to really savour the atmosphere of this popular race meeting which provides a focus for fans of Isle of Man road racing between the TT and Festival of Motorcycling.’

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company will also continue to offer special fares to competitors taking part in the Blackford’s Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races which in 2014 take place on 23rd, 24th & 26th May.

Southern 100 President, Derek Nicholson said; ‘The Club are greatly appreciative of the continued and much valued support of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and look forward to working closely with them as our 2014 event approaches.’