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Oliver’s Mount Top 8: Jay Bellers Smith

Formidable around Aberdare Park, Jay Bellers Smith who’s also over the years enjoyed many a positive moment at Scarborough, is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News growing in popularity, Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.

Synonymous for his ability aboard Super Mono, two stroke machinery, the Merthyr Tydfil racer’s answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions are as follows:

Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?

“I remember as a kid, a lot of the South Wales old boys talking about the TT and how they would go to Scarborough, to get a set-up for the TT.

Then when I started road racing in 2000, everyone asked if I’d ever try pure road racing and how Aberdare and Scarborough were great ones to do.

I heard a saying about Oliver’s Mount having more Hairpins than a Hairdresser, so I had to go and find out myself!”

Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?

“Favourite part has got to be been sat on the start-line, surrounded by all the legends big and small and just taking in the great atmosphere and huge crowds.

It puts in to perspective how lucky I am to be there living the dream, which most can’t do.”

Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?

“From the Mere Hairpin up through Quarry and through the Esses onto the back straight. That corner onto the back straight is great, as the camber is with you and you can get it leaned right over!”

Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?

“Best moment has got to be battling for a lightweight 250/400 class podium finish, at the 2016 Spring Cup, with my hero Ian Lougher and Paul Owen, with us all on 250 two strokes.

That GP Motorcycles 250 Spondon Yamaha TZ was an absolute pleasure to race around Oliver’s Mount.”

Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?

“Ian Lougher no doubt but Jason Griffiths is a close second. Those boys did it all and won multiple races, and are still around to tell the tales. Just Awesome.”

Q6: Is there one machine in particular that you would like to race at Scarborough?

“I’d like to get back there on the RW Engineering Consultancy KTM Supermono, as it’s evolved so much since we last raced it at Scarborough. Pushing 90 BHP (break horsepower) and 110 KG (kilograms), I think it could definitely be a front runner in the Super Twins class.”

Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?


Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?

“I’ve got a lot of Respect for good old Rodger Wibberley. He’s always been fast and smooth around the Mount and he’s a great laugh! He’ll be sorely missed when he calls it a day!”

Words by Stevie Rial