23 times TT winner John McGuinness, celebrated 20 years of competing at Oliver’s Mount, at the 66th Scarborough Gold Cup.
In his 20 years at Scarborough, he has been involved many a top quality duel around England’s only pure road racing circuit.
This has included the 2008 David Jefferies Cup Supersport races, when piloting the Padgetts Manx Gas Racing CBR 600 Honda, he battled alongside Ian Lougher, William Dunlop, Guy Martin, Ryan Farquhar and Dan Frear for race victories
He went onto secure overall victory following second place finishes in both races, in my opinion this achievement, is amongst John’s most memorable feats at Oliver’s Mount, in particular given that he’s not as known for his exploits on Supersport machinery, as he on the 1000cc machines.
A Gold Cup winner 1999 on the Vimto Honda, he has been regularly in contention for victory in the blue riband race at Scarborough.
In the 2010’s thus far his race results in the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup races, are as follows, 2010 5th, 2011 2nd, 2012 3rd, 2014 2nd and 2015 5th.
Most recently another 5th place finish was recorded in this years encounter, following an accomplished display on the EMC2/Bet Victor backed CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade, as he once again lead the Honda challenge.
Still confident that he can add to his one current Gold Cup triumph, his third place finish in the opening Senior race last weekend at the mount, was a reminder that he’s still hugely competitive around Oliver’s Mount.
Words by Stevie Rial