You can pinpoint the term ‘Grass Roots Racing’ upon countless racers who run their own teams, give it everything to accomplish their racing ambitions no matter how modest, outlandish.
A prime case in point is Wolsingham’s Kevin Barsby. Event on event increasing his stature at Oliver’s Mount, I recently caught up with the three times top forty Manx GP finisher, to chat all things Scarborough.
When asked about how happy he was with his performances throughout 2020 at Scarborough, he stated:
“Overall I’m pretty happy with my performances this year at OM and each time I’m there we are a little bit quicker so it’s going in the right direction!”
Our conversation then went onto the topic of what’s been the top, No.1 moment from ‘Mini TT’ action this year.
Barsby who claimed three top six finishes at the 69th Gold Cup meeting, revealed the following:
“I’d say the Gold Cup meeting stands out particularly, the pace was phenomenal by the top boys but it seemed to drag everyone on including myself in getting a new PB lap time (1.56.474).”
Every racer has a favourite part, area of Oliver’s Mount that they gel in particular with and for Barsby it’s from Cafe corner to Drury’s Hairpin.
“Since I first competed at OM I feel like I’ve started to gel with the section from the cafe to Drurys but I obviously love the jumps too, roll on 2021.”
Looking towards 2021 Scarborough events, Barsby added:
“2021 looks a good line up for the Mount and I’m hoping to be there for them all I really enjoy the place!”
Words by Stevie Rial