Road Racing News

69th Scarborough Gold Cup: Rising Sun, Rising Oliver’s Mount

On the way home from Scarborough on Sunday night, I noticed the bright, rising late evening sun. It was ultra potent to view and it represented something symbolic to me.

What I thought was that the sun rising felt like the perfect iconography to show Oliver’s Mount’s rising up, up and up status within the world of pure road racing.

After no competition in 2018, some stated including certain media outlets that this could be the end for racing at Scarborough, how wrong they were.

Hosting the first UK roads meeting of 2020, the Barry Sheene Classic, last weekend’s Gold Cup meeting proved even more productive for England’s only closed roads course.

For once the weather was on the side of competitors and track conditions for the prestigious Steve Henshaw Gold Cup race, were close to been perfect.

The eight lap Gold Cup race was an absolute classic as Lee Johnston and Dean Harrison, took the level of Supersport competition around Scarborough to another level.

Breaking the existing Supersport lap record between them on 13 occasions! it was ultimately Ashcourt Racing’s Johnston who just had the edge over good friend and RC Express Racing (Dafabet Devitt Racing) returnee Harrison.

Alongside the pulsating Gold Cup encounter, added highlights included the welcome return of Sidecars to the Mount plus countless first time visitors enjoying their first trips to the ‘Mini TT’.

Oliver’s Mount is something different, something unique and even more unique this year given the impact Covid-19 has had on the real roads calendar.

Like Cookstown, events within the Czech Republic, it’s been a beacon of light for pure road racing fans in 2020.

No longer just roads calendar returnees, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough is firmly back on the map. I and I’m sure countless aficionados, fans, racers, teams, marshals are looking forward to the four meetings in 2021.

Words by Stevie Rial

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