Road Racing News

Oliver’s Mount Top 8: Rob Barber

2009 TT XGP winner, three times a podium finisher within the innovative TT Zero class, 2012 Dundrod 150 National race runner-up, Bury’s Rob Barber is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News growing in popularity, Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.

The only racer to date to claim victories at both the TT Races and the world famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, his answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions are as follows:

Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?

“Don’t know when it was, I was in the single digits I was a kid, my dad taking me, going for a ride with my dad’s mates, one of my dad’s friends John was racing there.

My dad used to hang around in those circles, so used to go and watch John a few times.”

Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?

“It’s just good to see an English road race, that’s the favourite part about it being a road race.”

Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?

“Jefferies Jumps and stuff is pretty cool, love all of that.”

Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?

“Haven’t had one yet, I think I didn’t qualify in one race and I started from the back of the grid and ended up getting up to about fourth place but I had a bit of a incident with Mike Norbury at the Hairpin and ended up dropping it, so it was good up until that point on the last lap.”

Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?

“It’s gotta be Barry Sheene.”

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

“It’s gotta be a RS250 Honda, a little two stroke.”

Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?


Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?

“Gotta be Dean Harrison.”

Words by Stevie Rial