Alongside their gripping Gold Cup duel, Lee Johnston and Dean Harrison were equally closely matched in yesterday’s Supersport A races.
Supersport A Race 3 red flagged on lap five, following an incident involving Dominic Herbertson at Farm Bends saw twice Gold Cup winner Johnston again get the better of friendly rival Harrison.
It was roles reverse though in the final class A 600 encounter of the weekend with Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki mounted Harrison finally overhauling Johnston, claiming class spoils by just over half a second.
Runaway 2&4 Strokes Races 3, 4 winner Joe Thompson, Mike Norbury shared the third place finishes from the premier 600 races whilst rising talent around Scarborough Jim Hind fourth in Supersport Race 3, endured an eventful day to put it mildly.
Slipping off at Farm Bends whilst contending for 2&4 Strokes Race 3 honours with York’s Joe Thompson, Supersport Race 4 would see Hind keeping up early on with pre-race favourites Johnston, Harrison crash out of contention on the run to the Esses.
None the less it’s still been a pretty productive weekend for Hind who’s established himself as a consistent front runner at Scarborough.
Contrasting fortunes arose upon Tom Robinson who powered to successive Supersport B victories, to take his race wins tally from the meeting into triple figures.
Nearest challengers to Robinson respectively were good friend Rad Hughes and another of Scarborough’s rising exponents Dan Booth.
Photo by Gary Howlett
Concluding my round-up on day three of the 69th Scarborough Gold Cup, focus returns to now 94 times a race winner at England’s sole real roads course, Dean Harrison.
Originally headed by overall class winner from the weekend Dave Bell, Classic Superbikes Race 3 saw Harrison by lap three move 2.5 plus seconds clear which extended incredibly to 10 seconds plus come the races conclusion.
Photo by Mike Palmer
The fourth and final yesteryear Superbikes race stint would see Harrison even more dominant, taking the race honours by 17.418 seconds.
Racers not mentioned yet to have acquired on Sunday top three finishes, are as follows:
Overall 2&4 class victor Chris Moore, Mark Purslow, local racer returnee Nick Anderson, Keith Pringle and Sam Johnson.
Words by Stevie Rial