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Extremely Productive Gold Cup For Lintin And Dafabet Devitt Racing

Continuing his supremacy of the Super Twins class at Scarborough, allied to strong results in the 600 and 1000cc races, made the 67th Gold Cup meeting at Oliver’s Mount an extremely productive one for Dafabet Devitt Racing and Ivan Lintin.

Steadily increasing his pace throughout practice and qualifying in damp, drying conditions around the mount, twice Lightweight TT winner Lintin kicked off race action with a battling third place finish within the opening David Jefferies Cup, Supersport A race.

Next up was the first leg of the Lee Pullan Trophy Super Twin races, which saw the Bardney racer continue his 650 supremacy, winning the red flagged eight lap race in great style, five seconds clear of nearest pursuer Adam McLean.

Reflecting on yet another Super Twins success at Scarborough, Ivan said:

“I led into the first corner, built a big enough lead and just kept an eye on my pit board. I was well clear so didn’t have to worry when it was red flagged after Brad Vicars fell off Jefferies Jump.”

Looking back on another accomplished performance, this time within the first big bike encounter of the weekend, Solo Open A race 1, which saw Ivan finish sixth despite starting 10th on the grid, he stated:

“I was deep in the pack at the start, so was cautious before building up some pace again, I had the pace at the end and was pleased with my times again.”

An excellent third place finish followed in the opening Marshals Cup Senior encounter, whilst the following days David Jefferies Cup, Supersport A race 2 yielded a fourth place finish, following a race long battle for third with Adam McLean.

With 1 race win, 2 third place finishes and overall finishing every race he completed at least sixth or better, plus qualifying on pole for the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup, was all proof of why Ivan Lintin is still regarded as one of the foremost exponents of Oliver’s Mount.

His and Dafabet Devitt Racing’s 2017 roads campaign within the UK may have concluded, but worldwide it hasn’t as they now turn their attentions to the final international roads event of the year, the world famous Macau Grand Prix.

Words by Stevie Rial