Round up of intriguing, interesting stats/facts from what’s been a quite unprecedented year for competitive action at England’s sole, only closed roads circuit, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough.
64 solo competitors lapped sub 2 minutes during the Barry Sheene Classic, Gold Cup events including of course outright, Supersport lap record holder Dean Harrison.
To put into context Harrison’s well documented blistering new Supersport lap record of 1 minute 44.842 seconds, set during the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup race, it’s faster than Ryan Farquhar, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop’s quickest lap times at Scarborough, which were all set on 1000cc machinery.
I’d be remiss as well to not point out again twice Gold Cup winner Harrison’s new ‘Mini TT’ wins total, 94!
Fellow multi International roads Champion, good friend Lee Johnston took seven Supersport victories at Scarborough this year from eight starts.
The first Northern Irish racer to retain the prestigious Gold Cup title, his race wins total now at Scarborough stands at 15.
In total 20 different racers enjoyed Oliver’s Mount victories in 2020 with first time winners including Lewis Arrowsmith, Michael Rees, David Murphy and Lightweight Manx GP lap record holder Jim Hind.
Top three finishes wise, 57 racers chalked up at least one top 3 finish from August, September’s ‘Mini TT’ competition.
Current three wheeling Mount Kingpins Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie, alongside becoming this month the third quickest Scarborough driver/passenger pairing, also place an impressive 24th overall on the fastest racers list from Oliver’s Mount meets in 2020.
It may seem a pretty basic fact to state but it is still worth noting that there was no overseas competitors at Scarborough this year, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hopefully next year which marks the 75th anniversary of race action first taking place at Oliver’s Mount, will provide an upturn in fortunes for racers from different shores to make the trip to Scarborough.
Words by Stevie Rial