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Classic Specialists/Rising Stars Target Barry Sheene Trophy

Multiple classic racing specialists/rising stars are targeting Barry Sheene Trophy success, this weekend at Oliver’s Mount.

One of the pre race favourites has to be David Bell. A former front runner on 1000cc machinery at Scarborough, in recent times he has excelled on the Graham Turnbull backed Yamaha.

Unbeaten thus far in 2017 within the Classic Superbike class at the mount, expect him to firmly contend for Barry Sheene Trophy honours, same applies to twice TT Privateers championship runner up, Jamie Coward.

Set to pilot the Mistral Racing ZXR 750 Kawasaki, which he has enjoyed sustained success with, the Hebden Bridge based rider has shown in recent years a depth touch with classic machinery.

Will he secure a maiden grand slam Scarborough crown on Sunday? it’s a distinct possibility.

Added potential front runners include Paul Owen, Team York Suzuki’s Peter Boast, plus team mate for this weekend, two times TT winner Gary Johnson.

Having not competed at the mount since 2009, it’s going to be interesting to see how quickly “AKA Driver” re adjusts with a roads circuit, which seven years ago saw him finish 4th within the marque Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup.

Won in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by Dean Harrison, the Barry Sheene Trophy is an award all road racers would like in their trophy cabinets.

The showpiece races of the Barry Sheene Road Race Festival Powered by Suzuki, are scheduled to get underway on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, scheduled to begin respectively from 4:40 PM and 2:40 PM.

Words by Stevie Rial