PETER Founds' memorable Isle of Man racing year continues.

After twice standing on the podium at the TT races earlier this month, the Northwich sidecar racer and passenger Jevan Walmsley have now successfully defended their Southern 100 title.

They did so in brilliant style, producing lightning pace to both qualify on the front of the grid and then deliver on race day in the Daryl Blake Construction Championship event.

FHO Racing’s Founds and Walmsley completed the eight laps on the Billown Circuit near Castletown more than 16 seconds faster than their nearest rivals Tim Reeves and Kevin Rousseau.

The pair thrillingly set a new milestone for Billown too on lap three.

They broke the record, achieving the first 102mph sidecar lap at the circuit as they clocked 102.082mph.

Remarkably, that was soon better by Manx brother pairing Ryan and Callum Crowe with 102.398mph.

The Crowes did take the lead at one stage but after a minor incident it paved the way for Founds and Walmsley to take command and they never looked back.

Founds, who has recently relocated to Northwich from Knutsford but hails from Wirral, has an interesting background and is maintaining the family success both at Isle of Man and in the sport generally.

He has three brothers, Alan, Chris and Steve, who have history in the sport.

Team Founds Racing was actually established more than 52 years ago thought when their father Des started out – and he achieved a third place TT finish in 1989.

This is not the first sport in which Peter has proved to be a winner.

The former mechanical engineer at Fiddler's Ferry Power Station in Warrington represented Great Britain at under 21s level in ice hockey.

He used to be captain of the now-defunct Flintshire Freeze ice hockey team based at Deeside Leisure Centre.