Three times a top five finisher at the 2014 Gold Cup meeting, Hunmanby’s James Neesom who’s outpaced at the mount many a notable roads force including 12 times TT winner Bruce Anstey, is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News growing in popularity, Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.
2014 Super Twins Manx Grand Prix winner, runner up within the Solo Invitational Finalists race from the 2013 Barry Sheene Road Race Festival, his answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions are as follows:
Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?
“I remember watching as a young boy with my parents, seeing the likes of Adrian Archibald, Keith Pringle and Guy Martin in particular battling round, and always thinking I would love to be on the other side of the fence to see what it would be like. Little did I know a dream would become real.”
Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?
“My favourite part about racing at Oliver’s Mount is that it had a special feeling about it, something totally different from anywhere else.
Whether it was because I was very local, or meeting the local people who had come to support the racing. It never ceased to excite when racing and always left you with a smile on your face.”
Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?
“It’s all very good but one part in particular I used to like, was the drive up the hill and into the Esses and through onto the back straight.”
Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?
“I have had so many good memories from Scarborough it is hard to say, but one highlight was beating Bruce Anstey on the 600 at the 2014 Gold Cup, we had a real good race that day! Even Clive Padgett commented on how well I had done.”
Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?
“For me the person that stands out the most from when I was watching the racing as a young boy, was Guy Martin. I will always remember seeing him miles in front of everyone else.”
Q6: Is there one machine in particular that you would like to race at Scarborough?
“I would like to have a go on a Moto 2 bike around the Mount.”
Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?
Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?
“Having raced alongside him all through my racing career, I would have to say the most respected rival I raced against at Oliver’s Mount, is James Cowton.”
Words by Stevie Rial