When reflecting upon the 16 plus Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough newcomers at the Barry Sheene Classic, we have to focus first on Team ILR with Mark Coverdale’s James Hind.
Aside from a first corner incident with Joe Akroyd on lap 1 of the third Supersport A race, there was few blemishes arising from Hind’s maiden Scarborough racing venture.
His impressive results resume from the weekend’s action included four successive Classics A, B, GP 350 combined race wins with the immaculate Dennis Trollope Racing TZ250 Yamaha, top three Super Twin finishes and a top five placing within the opening feature Supersport race.
Ending the meeting with a best lap time of 1 minute 51.297 seconds, it’s fair to say he’s most definitely one to watch at September’s Gold Cup. Jim Hind Interview
Outside of Hind’s exploits, added new names to Oliver’s Mount fans who impressed included respective second, third quickest newcomers, Mansfield’s Harry Jackson and Supersport B race 2 winner Aran Sadler.
Jackson, Sadler claimed between them three top five finishes plus both lapped under the 1 minute 57 seconds barrier.
Others taking home top six finishes from their first racing trips to Scarborough were leading 750 Classics exponent Andy Hornby, two stroke racing great Chris Moore, GP 350 class winners Dave Grigson and John Hannaford.
Obsession Engineering supported Martin Morris, Ricky Martin and Cookstown 100 winner Ben Plant.
Many world famous International road racing names have honed their talents at Oliver’s Mount and it was great to see so many hungry, ambitious racers like the aforementioned of all age groups taking to the ‘Mini TT’ for the first time.
Words by Stevie Rial