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69th Scarborough Gold Cup: Rising Star Hind Springs Supersport Qualifying Surprise

With dry conditions all around allied to an extremely competitive entry, the stage was set for a thrilling battle for Supersport qualifying spoils on day one of the 69th Scarborough Gold Cup meeting.

The opening Supersport qualifying stint for even numbered competitors saw Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston edge out good friend Dean Harrison, thanks to a sub 1.48.8 second lap time.

88 times Oliver’s Mount winner Harrison second quickest, was only 0.073 in arrears and was already looking at home aboard his new steed for the weekend, the Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki.

Supersport odd numbers first qualifying wise, DC Racing’s Mike Norbury almost dipped under the 1 minute 49 seconds barrier, on route to setting the pace in front of Peoples Bike Team supported Joe Akroyd.

Onto the second timed practice sessions and whilst even numbers Q2 proved relatively calm in terms of drama it wasn’t the case and some for the final qualifying outing for odd numbered racers.

With just seconds of the session remaining, group pace setter Jim Hind looked set for an overall top five qualifying position before a remarkable last gasp performance, lapping at 1 minute 48.677 seconds, a huge new PB lap time, saw the Lightweight Manx GP lap record holder grab overall pole position by just 0.112 of a second over pre race favourite Johnston.

Outright Scarborough lap record holder Harrison, reigning Gold Cup runner up Norbury, Cowton Racing’s Dominic Herbertson, lead Triumph runner Akroyd complete the combined six quickest middleweight class competitors behind the ultra impressive Hind.

Overall Supersport qualifying result, reads as follows:

Photo by Gary Howlett

Supersport:

1 Jim Hind 1.48.677
2 Lee Johnston 1.48.789
3 Dean Harrison 1.48.862
4 Mike Norbury 1.49.072
5 Dominic Herbertson 1.49.134
6 Joe Akroyd 1.49.983
7 Joe Thompson 1.50.493
8 Jamie Coward 1.51.029
9 Tom Weeden 1.52.024
10 Rob Hodson 1.52.329
11 Brad Vicars 1.52.932
12 Don Gilbert 1.53.136
13 Callum Ward 1.53.990
14 Mark Goodings 1.54.421
15 Aran Sadler 1.54.714
16 Sam Johnson 1.54.975
17 Steven Haddow 1.55.101
18 Michael Rees 1.55.114
19 Steven Procter 1.55.133
20 Russell Brook 1.55.253
21 Gaz Evans 1.55.568
22 Daniel Forbes 1.55.601
23 Tom Robinson 1.55.772
24 Dan Booth 1.56.048
25 David McConnachy 1.56.187
26 Adrian Harrison 1.56.697
27 Keith Pringle 1.56.707
28 Julian Tillotson 1.56.922
29 Andy Sailor 1.58.198
30 Barry Furber 1.58.455
31 Rad Hughes 1.58.494
32 Mark Jackson 1.58.558
33 Kevin Barsby 1.58.609
34 Martin Morris 1.58.630
35 Craig Howton 1.59.277
36 Robin King 2.00.096
37 Justin Collins 2.00.300
38 Kieran Brockie 2.00.642
39 Paul Marley 2.00.657
40 Jack Petrie 2.00.868
41 Jack Fowler 2.01.684
42 Geoffrey Lunn 2.01.766
43 Brian Fuidge 2.01.777
44 Ben Wales 2.02.539
45 Lewis Buckerfield 2.02.587
46 Ricky Martin 2.02.632
47 Martin Ingham 2.02.894
48 Ian Stanford 2.03.039
49 Paul Drinkwater 2.03.136
50 Nick Colley 2.03.194
51 Brian Clark 2.04.091
52 Thomas Gigg 2.04.313
53 Lewis Arrowsmith 2.04.384
54 Colin Croft 2.04.514
55 Colin Read 2.04.996
56 Oliver Dean 2.06.611
57 Gary Broughton 2.07.208
58 Craig Robertson 2.08.787
59 Antony Jackson 2.09.353
60 Andrew Castle 2.11.784
61 Andrew Hoare 2.15.417

Words by Stevie Rial

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