For today’s on this day in road racing history, we reflect on one of Guy Martin’s 65 plus victories at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough.
The Spring Cup meeting from 2014 saw the multi times world record holder, TV personality, fans favourite kick off his latest roads campaign with the Tyco Suzuki squad in fine style, securing a hat trick of victories including claiming the Ian Watson Spring Cup for the fourth time.
Never headed in the showpiece eight lap race held in windy but dry conditions all round, he finished nigh on four seconds clear of nearest challenger, Taylor Lindsey Racing’s Ivan Lintin.
Current Senior TT Champion Dean Harrison took third just behind Lintin whilst fourth place went to East Coast Racing’s Lee Johnston.
The late but great James Cowton took fifth, fellow much missed Scarborough specialist Daley Mathison finished eighth whilst places 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th were acquired respectively by Seamus Elliott, future TT Privateers Championship winner Jamie Coward, Mick Goodings and RSV4 Aprilia mounted Dave Hewson.
Outside of the high calibre 1000cc action, the 2014 Spring Cup also marked the return to roads competition for seven times Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Ryan Farquhar, who went onto finish runner-up in both Super Twin races.
Words by Stevie Rial