Tyco BMW’s Guy Martin joined Joey Dunlop as the only riders ever to the win the Manx Gas Solo Championship race at the Southern 100 three times in succession.
Martin was hounded throughout the nine-lap feature race on the final day of the Diamond Jubilee meeting by Valvoline Padgetts Honda rider Dan Kneen but led on every lap to complete a treble in the blue riband race at the 4.25-mile Billown course on the Isle of Man.
The Lincolnshire rider’s job was arguably made a little easier after Michael Dunlop crashed out of third place at Ballabeg on lap three, with the Ulster rider earlier defeating Martin in the Corlett’s Trophies 600/1000 race, which had been postponed from Tuesday evening.
With Dunlop ruled out, Martin and Kneen cleared off at the front from RC Express Kawasaki’s Ivan Lintin in third place as the Manx rider sat on the rear wheel of Martin’s BMW.
However, Kneen’s plan to wait until the closing stages to make his move were hampered when the pair encountered slower riders, with Martin gaining a crucial slight advantage.
The 33-year-old crossed the line for a popular victory by 0.7 seconds from Kneen, with Lintin 22 seconds adrift.
Behind Lintin, Russ Mountford finished fourth ahead of James Cowton and Jamie Coward.
Lintin earlier won the Supertwins race by almost eight seconds from Cowton to complete a double on his Kawasaki.
Mar-Train Yamaha’s Dean Harrison put the disappointment of Wednesday’s bad luck behind him to win the second Supersport race by 2.7 seconds from Ivan Lintin, with Kneen third.
Seamus Elliott, who claimed his first major roads victory in the first Supersport race on Wednesday, won the concurrently-run 600cc race in the Corlett’s Trophies 600/1000 event on Thursday and dedicated his win to the memory of Dr John Hinds, who was tragically killed following an accident at the Skerries 100.