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69th Scarborough Gold Cup: Qualifying Wrap Up

Alongside securing a last gasp overall Supersport qualifying victory, Team ILR with Mark Coverdale’s James Hind also reigned supreme within the Super Twins, 2&4 stroke classes.

650 twins wise, Hind got the better of pre weekend favourite, first qualifying pace setter Jamie Coward, thanks to an impressive 1 minute 51.355 seconds lap time set during the originally red flagged Q2.

His growing midas touch around Scarborough was also apparent from the opening 2&4 Strokes qualifying session, with an almost sub 1 minute 55 seconds lap set.

Hind’s pace aboard the Dennis Trollope Racing TZ 250 Yamaha from 2&4 Strokes first timed practice, was so potent that despite not taking part in Q2, he still took overall timed practice honours by 0.761 over Oliver’s Mount returnee Joe Thompson.

Scarborough racing maestro Dean Harrison turned on the style in Classic Superbike qualifying, taking pole position by almost five seconds over nearest pursuer Dave Bell.

Harrison’s times sheet topping lap time of 1 minute 48.573 seconds, stands as currently the fastest lap of this year’s Gold Cup meeting.

Sidecars:

One of the main highlights for me and I’m sure 100’s of spectators about competition this weekend, was the return of Sidecars to Oliver’s Mount.

Favourites for many to scoop on Saturday, Sunday all Sidecar race victories, Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie proved the three wheel racing insiders right by dominating qualifying.

Photo by Gary Howlett

Team A.R.C’s Crawford/Hardie didn’t have it all plain sailing though, with a pretty major front forks issue largely curtailing their first qualifying session action.

Ultimately though a best lap time set during Q2 of 1 minute 55.774 seconds placed them over three seconds clear of nearest challengers Conrad Harrison/Mike Aylott.

The Ramsden’s Steve & Matty took third on the overall times sheet whilst high profile debutants, ten times TT winners Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall were absent from the qualifying sessions.

Prior to qualifying, the Birchall’s had impressed during the first free practice session, finishing second quickest.

Overall qualifying results per class, are as follows:

Super Twins:

1 Jim Hind 1.51.355
2 Jamie Coward 1.51.980
3 Dominic Herbertson 1.52.797
4 Ian Lougher 1.53.750
5 Rob Hodson 1.56.133
6 Michael Rees 1.57.923
7 Dan Ingham 1.58.249
8 Brad Vicars 1.58.406
9 Mark Purslow 1.58.433
10 Jay Bellers Smith 1.58.866
11 Nick Anderson 1.59.904
12 Alun Brooks 2.00.513
13 Dave Hewson 2.00.555
14 Julian Tillotson 2.01.925
15 Roddy Taylor 2.02.458
16 Andrew Jackson 2.02.724
17 David McConnachy 2.02.825
18 Ryan Redman 2.03.598
19 Keith Pringle 2.03.836
20 Jack Fowler 2.03.846
21 Jack Petrie 2.07.217
22 Barry Furber 2.09.433
23 Brian Fuidge 2.09.513
24 Adrian Skaife 2.09.641
25 Gary Broughton 2.10.146
26 Oliver Dean 2.11.070
27 Geoffrey Lunn 2.11.749
28 Andrew Castle 2.12.587
29 Craig Robertson 2.19.105
30 Andrew Hoare 2.19.399

2&4 Strokes:

1 Jim Hind 1.55.094
2 Joe Thompson 1.55.855
3 Chris Moore 1.59.803
4 Mark Purslow 2.00.194
5 Nick Anderson 2.00.994
6 Dan Ingham 2.02.253
7 Dean Mitchell 2.04.111
8 Rad Hughes 2.04.586
9 Ian Stanford 2.05.355
10 Richie Welsh 2.06.474
11 Andrew Jackson 2.06.629
12 Adrian Skaife 2.06.977
13 Adam Child 2.07.501
14 Tony Flinton 2.07.966
15 Chris Smith 2.09.010
16 David Glover 2.14.226
17 John Hannaford 2.23.460

Sidecars:

1 Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie 1.55.774
2 Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle 1.59.147
3 Steve Ramsden/Matty Ramsden 2.00.495
4 Michael Russell/Karl Schofield 2.06.528
5 Bruce Moore/Ashley Moore 2.07.041
6 Richard Hackney/Dave Ryder 2.07.142
7 Shaun Chandler/Ben Chandler 2.07.316
8 Chris Schofield/William Moralee 2.08.617
9 Paul Riley/Lizzie Quinlan 2.12.831

Bennetts Classic Superbike:

1 Dean Harrison 1.48.573
2 Dave Bell 1.53.475
3 Dan Ingham 1.54.945
4 Tom Weeden 1.56.877
5 Sam Johnson 1.57.589
6 Dave Hewson 1.57.859
7 Adrian Harrison 1.58.051
8 Andy Sailor 1.58.356
9 Brad Vicars 1.59.731
10 Paul Marley 2.00.257
11 Barry Furber 2.00.403
12 David Suddes 2.05.187
13 Colin Croft 2.05.381
14 Nick Allison 2.08.103
15 Brian Clark 2.12.878
16 John Cliffe 2.12.940

Words by Stevie Rial

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