1988 Scarborough Gold Cup winner, 1993 British Superbike Championship Supercup winner, a World Superbike Championship race winner, the legend that is Jamie Whitham is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News growing in popularity, Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.
A former lap record holder at England’s only closed roads course, his answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions are as follows:
Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?
“I came with a 125 MBA, it’s not the same bike but the same model of bike I’ve brought today. So that would be 85, really enjoyed it, brilliant place, I’ve enjoyed my racing time around here.”
Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?
“Probably this bottom straight here, if you’ve got a bike that handles it’s lovely, if you’ve got a bike your frightened of it’s horrible, but it’s quite thrilling.”
Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?
Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?
“In 88 they had a British Championship round here, the last one they ever had, and I think I won every single race except the production, I won about four races that weekend, so that was a good one for me.”
Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?
“Probably Mick Grant, because I remember as a kid he befriended me cause he knew my dad, and my first ever race meeting here at about 10 years old was coming here with Granty, so probably Mick.”
Q6: Is there one machine in particular that you would like to race at Scarborough?
“Yeah, the MBA, loved it, it was the perfect bike for here.”
Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?
Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?
“I had a real set to one day with Phil Mellor, and he ended crashing at the top, but Phil Mellor.”
Words by Stevie Rial