Regularly in contention for notable results at England’s only closed roads course, Scarborough’s James Tadman is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, brand new Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.
Looking forward to returning to competition in the near future at the mount, his answers to the Scarborough themed questions are as follows:
Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?
“Going to the festival Of Speed with my Dad and Grandad aged about 4 years old, purely to see the cars! I wasn’t interested at all in bikes then!”
Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?
“Just has to be the amazing crowds and there’s nothing like it anywhere else, plus it’s my hometown circuit.”
Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?
“It’s got to be the section with the jumps from exiting mount side, on the gas to Farm Bends. The fans all flock there! The Mere Hairpin and esses isn’t bad either, if you get it all right.”
Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?
“Just competing there is good enough for me.”
Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?
“Guy Martin and Barry Sheene.”
Q6: Is their one machine in particular that you would like to race at Scarborough?
“Due to its history possibly a classic bike. 250/350 2-stroke or 500 single. Then you can fully understand how much skill it takes to ride one around the mount.”
Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?
Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?
“Anyone who races there has to be respected but the most respected out of them all has to be James Cowton, except he was always ahead of me, we grew up doing hill climbs on 125 Super Motos then progressing on to road racing.”
Words by Stevie Rial