Browne Gives Russell Racing The Oliver’s Mount Triple Crown

Browne Gives Russell Racing The Oliver’s Mount Triple Crown

Dry conditions all round were in prospect for the big one, the blue-riband race of the past two day’s racing at Oliver’s Mount, the Bob Smith Spring Cup.

Pole sitter Michael Browne made a decent start, but it was 2023 Oliver’s Mount Super Twins Champion, Gary McCoy, who got the hole shot.

By the end of lap one, the lead pack order was McCoy +0.219 over Cork’s Browne with SMT Racing’s Rob Hodson also keeping close attendance.

The top three kept proximity across laps two, three and four before former Irish Road Race Supersport Champion Browne on lap five, post the Monument grabbed the race lead.

0.417 clear as lap five dawned, the quietly spoken Irishman got the hammer down on lap six, moving more than 1.5 seconds ahead of Madbros Racing’s McCoy.

Browne’s lap time on lap six, 1 minute 46.848 seconds, proved a new PB lap time at Scarborough and the fastest lap of this weekend’s action.

Closing race stages saw Browne surge further ahead, ultimately finishing 4.656 seconds to the good out front, as race proceedings concluded.

Now a five times Scarborough winner, his latest North Yorkshire roads triumph additionally gives suitors, Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing the Oliver’s Mount triple crown.

Alister Russell’s squad now uniquely holds at the same time the Bob Smith Spring Cup, overall, Cock O’The North success and the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup.

Behind Browne, 13 plate holder McCoy did just enough to maintain second, with 2022 Classic Superbike Manx GP winner Hodson taking the checkered flag in third.

Marcus ‘Spartacus’ Simpson astride loaned HM Racing Yamaha tackle, on route to fourth set an impressive new Oliver’s Mount PB lap time of 1:49.435 seconds.

Team York Suzuki by McNeill’s Mike Norbury sped to fifth as Don Gilbert, Barry Furber, Tom Weeden, Rhys Hardisty, Paul Marley wrapped up the top ten finishers.

Remaining racers to finish the eight-lap encounter were Toby Shann, Aran Sadler, Jack Sim, Supersport B race three winner Gareth Arnold, top newcomer Josh Corner and Brandon Brinded.

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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