Unexpected pesky inclement weather made circuit conditions across day one of the 71st Scarborough Gold Cup meeting, challenging, tricky, changeable. Post practice, qualifying sessions, the opening race, the first of three RST Supersport A races was red flagged twice following incidents involving Joey Lambden, Kevin Barsby at Mountside, Chris McGoran at Jefferies Jumps. The RST Supersport B race opener then begun but red-flags quicky arose following a start-line incident involving Manx GP winner Ben Rea. After three successive race stoppages and with the time creeping past 3:00 PM, organisers made the decision to reduce all of Saturday’s remaining races, to five-lap distances. Cowton Racing supported Toby Shann, went onto triumph in the re-started Supersport B encounter whilst A-race Supersport spoils were attained by reigning Steve Henshaw Gold Cup Champion, Adam McLean. Race pole-sitter Michael Browne, having his first outing aboard the Allspeeds Racing by Garnett Electrical ZX6R Kawasaki took second with pre-event favourite Dean Harrison third, having charged through from thirteenth on the grid. Harrison went onto chalk up Scarborough success no.108, powering to opening Classic Superbike race honours, following another forthright showing with the sweet-sounding Key Racing Ducati. Early race leader, Team York Suzuki’s Mike Norbury placed second with Greenall Racing’s Derek Sheils wrapping up the top three finishers. A gripping opening Road Racing News Lightweights race followed as Kelly Carruthers and Scarborough wins record holder Ian Lougher, duked it out for victory spoils. Scotsman Carruthers looked good for overall Lightweights success only for Laylaw Racing Yamaha pilot Lougher, to sensationally overturn a five second jump-start timing penalty to make it nigh-on 150 Oliver’s Mount race wins. Carruthers scooped 400 4-stroke honours ahead of Tim Walsh and Scarborough newcomer Paul Cassidy, top CB 500 exponent was Halifax’s Grant Whitaker. Saturday afternoon’s remaining race-stints yielded a first Oliver’s Mount race win for Michael Browne (Super Twins Race 1), a hard-fought Sidecars triumph for Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie, edging long time race leaders Steve Ramsden/Matty Ramsden by under 0.3 of a second! Adam McLean made it back-to-back Supersport (A) race victories ahead of previously mentioned 16-plate carrier Browne with Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing’s Harrison again battling his way to a top three finish. Daniel Forbes topped the Supersport B race 2 field whilst the final race of the day, the JMS Group Support race yielded another first Scarborough winner, Bailey Harker. Oliver’s Mount first timers Alex Sinclair, ‘130 Mph Club’ TT member Shaun Anderson captured second, third place finishes behind Spalding’s Harker. Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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