Since its’ first staging in 1950, unique, priceless moments of pure road racing history have unfolded at the Scarborough Gold Cup. It’s nearly time for the latest Gold Cup edition at England’s only closed roads circuit, Oliver’s Mount. With an oversubscribed entry-list, nearing 95 solo competitors, 117 racers in total including Sidecar drivers/passengers, it is certain to be a bustling, hive of activity the traditional Scarborough paddock, on upcoming race days (23rd & 24th September). Road Racing News Gold Cup preview series, starts today by looking into the RST Supersport fraternity. Conquering mixed, tricky conditions last year on route to becoming only the third racer from Northern Ireland to secure the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup trophy, Tobermore’s Adam McLean is out to join a very select group of competitors, to have successfully retained one of real road racing’s most prized accolades. As during July’s Cock O’The North, North-West 200 podium finisher McLean is astride JMcC Roofing Racing’s R6 Yamaha. Joining McLean in being R6 Yamaha powered is three times TT winner, Dean Harrison. Leading the Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing charge, Harrison on British Supersport riding duties this weekend, has an enviable, super polished, incredible Scarborough racing record. 107 times a race winner, outright lap record holder, Classic Superbike and Supersport lap record holder, Gold Cup triumph No.3 is the undoubtable target for the ‘Bradford Bullet’. Oliver’s Mount Championship leader, Bob Smith Spring Cup winner Joey Thompson, ‘130 Mph Club’ member Rob Hodson (SMT Racing) aren’t to be discounted either from front running Supersport displays. Same applies to Barry Sheene Classic front runners Gary McCoy (Mad Bros Racing) and 26 plate holder Mike Norbury. Further depth to the 49 strong middleweight class field, is added by to name but a few: 2016 Senior Manx Grand Prix winner Tom Weeden, Barry Furber (DC Auto Repairs Newtown), Toby Shann, Darley Moor Formula 600 Championship leader Mark Goodings (LMT Motorsport). Tom Robinson (Pete Stacey), Jamie Williams (NCE Racing), protégé of Dave Hewson, Martin Morris, Leeds Daniel Forbes (FB Racing), Don Gilbert, team-mate Oliver Macrae. Welcome Scarborough returners Ben Rea (Rea Racing/Smith Racing), Paul Gartland (Obsession Engineering), NG Road Racing front-runner John Marsh, Bass Tyre Services/NLC Components supported Arthur Gissing, who has none other than last year’s Gold Cup runner-up Jim Hind, in his corner. Local favourite Paul Marley, fellow experienced Scarborough regulars Julian Tillotson, Kevin Barsby, Adrian Harrison, Russell Brook and Stephen ‘Degsy’ Degnan. Notable Oliver’s Mount first-timers include top Ultra Lightweight exponent of the 100th Anniversary Manx Grand Prix, Paul Cassidy, RWEC Racing’s Will Burchell, TH Racing’s Ty Jones and Lincoln’s Brandon Brinded. Six Supersport races are due to take place this month at Scarborough, with three races each for qualifiers for the A & B races. Keep an eye on Road Racing News tomorrow, for Gold Cup preview series part two, which focuses on the Super Twins! Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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