The 69th Gold Cup meeting will mark Dean Harrison’s first real roads venture on Super Twins machinery in six years.
Ironically the team Harrison is competing for this weekend is the same team with which he last sampled Twins class competition, RC Express Racing (Dafabet Devitt Racing).
Bradford’s Harrison can become this weekend only the fourth racer in history to secure 90 plus victories at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough.
Notable non starters for the weekend’s action include Cookstown bound Dan Harrison plus Scarborough stalwart Rodger Wibberley.
As at the Barry Sheene Classic, Supersport entry numbers exceed the 60 mark whilst Super Twins field incorporating 125/Moto 3 steeds piloted by competitors including Falcon Road Racing’s Andrew Jackson entry numbers stand at 27.
There’s no C class Supersport races within the 69th Gold Cup meeting with 29 races hoped to take place throughout Saturday, Sunday.
It’s also interesting to note that all Sidecar competitors including high profile Oliver’s Mount newcomers Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall outfits either carry Honda or Suzuki powered engines.
Team ILR with Mark Coverdale on Gold Cup duty with Ian Lougher and Jim Hind, have announced that will be returning next week to the British Supersport scene at Oulton Park, running next generation roads talent Joe Loughlin.
Words by Stevie Rial