An enterprising, exciting new era for the iconic roads course that is Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, begins this weekend with the two-day Barry Sheene Classic meeting.
Part one of Road Racing News Barry Sheene Classic previews, focuses upon the Classic Superbike, Senior Classic classes.
Classic Superbike Races:
Amongst the leading names set to battle it out for the prestigious Barry Sheene Trophy, include Scarborough lap record holder Dean Harrison.
Harrison who became for the first-time last month Senior TT champion, machine of choice for his ‘Mini TT’ return is the Silicone Engineering Racing ZXR 750 Kawasaki, that he’s taken in recent years to back to back Superbike Classic TT triumph’s.
Barry Sheene Trophy winner in 2014, 2015 and 2016, he starts for many an extremely strong favourite to add another Scarborough major crown to his illustrious racing CV.
Hebden Bridge’s Jamie Coward like Harrison, has already during the 2019 roads season enjoyed stellar moments a plenty, including banking multiple victories at the Billown based Pre TT Classic Road Races.
Set for competition within the Classic Superbike encounters, Coward like reigning Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup champion Harrison pilots this weekend ZXR 750 Kawasaki machinery.
Added ones to watch in the eight lap Classic Superbike races, include Market Rasen’s Phil Crowe, who leads the Team Classic Superbike challenge, plus eight times International Road Race winner Lee Johnston.
Ashcourt Racing’s Johnston is set to compete on an immaculate RC45 Honda, whilst additional notable confirmed entrants include current Barry Sheene Trophy champion Dave Bell.
Plus Pete Boast, Richard Charlton, Adrian Harrison, Tadcaster’s Brad Vicars and Scarborough newcomer Joe Akroyd.
Senior Classic Races:
There’s a great mix of yesteryear racing specialists, Oliver’s Mount stalwarts, up coming roads talent all set for Senior Classic race action at Scarborough.
Runner up within the 2009 feature race at the Cock O’The North Road Races, Kiaran Hankin makes a welcome return to roads action this weekend.
Regarded as one of the leading ‘Mini TT’ exponents of his generation, the vastly respected Hankin latest racing challenge at Scarborough sees him pilot a great sounding Honda 4 machine.
Joining Hankin in piloting Honda machinery include Ruthless Racing’s Julian Tillotson.
2015 Gold Cup B class winner, Bolton based Tillotson is definitely one to watch on Saturday and Sunday, as are the likes of the versatile Pete Boast and Jamie O’Brien, who pilots the Team Beale Roberts TZ 350 Yamaha.
Words by Stevie Rial