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Oliver’s Mount Top 8: Russ Mountford

A recent returnee to roads competition at the 68th Scarborough Gold Cup, Russ Mountford who’s ultra impressive racing CV includes a podium finish at the growing in popularity Classic TT Races, is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, hugely popular Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.

Eighth within Sunday’s eight lap Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup, the former TT Privateers Championship runner-up’s answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions, are as follows:

Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?

“Would have to be in 2007, my first ever road race in preparation for the Manx GP, on the grid with William Dunlop, Mark Buckley, thinking oh Jesus what am I doing here. I actually had a great weekend and came away with the Ian Watson supporters cup.”

Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?

“I’d say obviously the circuit itself but I love meeting up with the lads again that you only see at the mount, it’s always great craic.”

Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?

“My favourite section is the Jumps. I don’t think I’ve ever actually got them perfectly right but it’s a buzz flying down between the trees at 100 plus mph.”

Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?

“My best moment would have to be winning the Ian Watson supporters cup from my first time there, I got the trophy presented to me by Ian’s family which was nice.”

Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?

“I’d have to say big DJ (David Jefferies), the man was an absolute beast on a motorbike but a gent off the bike.”

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

“To be honest I just love riding bikes but some of the old GP bikes I think would do it for me, 500’s and 250’s. I’d also love a run on one of the new 650 Patons.”

Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?

“Would be insane, sometimes possibly scary.”

Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?

“Most respected rival would be Rodger Wibberley, we’ve been mates for years and he’s not really a rival he’s just a damn good bloke and will help anybody with anything.

It was a pleasure to be out there with him in his last race before he hung up his leathers on Sunday.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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