Day 2 of the two Barry Sheene Classic, which has marked the beginning of a fresh, exciting, enterprising new era for Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, saw a mix of ‘Mini TT’ specialists, next generation roads talent, established front runners, three wheeling maestros excel.
Welsh roads star Rhys Hardisty made it back to back Lightweight/Junior Classics combined race victories, following another accomplished, high calibre display on his trusty TZ 250 Yamaha steed.
Widely regarded now amongst pure road racing’s leading two stroke exponents, Peoples Bike Team regular Hardisty steadily broke away from the chasing pack, ultimately emerging victorious a shade under the three second mark.
Respected Scarborough racing stalwart, lead 400 mounted racer Mick Goodings placed second just ahead of the versatile Pete Boast.
Concluding the first six finishers within the six lap race were Andrew Jackson, Whitby’s Justin Waring and Ian Stanford.
Prior to Lightweight/Junior Classics action, the second Supersport B race saw a compelling battle for class honours between Brian Greenfield and Paul Marley.
Ultimately it was Greenfield aboard his plus ten year old Kawasaki steed, who had the edge on early race leader, Supersport B race 1 victor Marley, securing race honours by just over 1 second.
Kevin Barsby finished third, whilst respective fourth, fifth, sixth place finishers Richard Telford, Geoffrey Lunn, Ben Long also enjoyed productive race stints.
Joe Thompson and the 690 Kramer Motorcycles Super Mono machine, proved again formidable in the second Super Twins encounter, as York’s Thompson who made an impressive return to race action last week at Aberdare Park, took his tally of Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough victories to 12.
Under sustained pressure from VRS Racing’s Brad Vicars, Thompson found that extra piece of magic pace when needed, to take a second successive Twins class triumph, this time enjoying a race winning advantage of 3.67 seconds.
Wrapping up the top three finishers behind Thompson, Tadcaster’s Vicars was up coming Scarborough racing force Max Dixon.
The sole three wheeling race action of the day, which unfortunately was red flagged saw Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie declared race victors.
Crawford/Hardie established as proven front runners at Scarborough, expert knowledge of the tight, twisty, illustrious roads course payed dividence with the Team ARC crew enjoying a 4.5 second plus lead, prior to red flags entering the horizon.
As on Saturday, lead pursuers to Crawford/Hardie were John Lowther/Tom Christie, whilst former TT winners Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle claimed another third place finish.
Mentioned in my previous article, persistent mist put pay to any further race action after the third and final Supersport (A) race.
It’s been overall though an extremely positive meeting for the new Oliver’s Mount organising team, with great racing throughout, huge crowds, a top class atmosphere, and a much more all round professional feel to competition at Scarborough.
Words by Stevie Rial