Ryan Farquhar – Oliver’s Mount hero
Ryan Farquhar first made his debut at Oliver’s Mount 14 years ago and has since gone on to become one of the iconic circuits best ever riders. It was last year that saw Ryan finally win the Steve Henshaw international gold cup on his teams Kawasaki superbike, winning the race comfortably in front of TT legend John Mcguinness.
In 2009 at the Barry Sheene race festival Ryan won 18 races in a day surely a record at a road racing event. Ryan in his career racing at Oliver’s Mount has won in virtually every class of racing in particular for me his most dominant wins have come in the super-twins 650 cc class of racing.
Most recently this year Ryan took victory in the feature race at the Cock of the north road races in July, and also took a brace of wins at the Spring cup in April of this year. At the Scarborough gold cup in September Ryan rode for the last time at Oliver’s Mount during his farewell parade laps where Ryan was joined by many road racing stars on these laps.
I and many a fan at Oliver’s Mount that day clapped Ryan as he went past us at the Esses. It was a fitting way to say to Ryan thanks for all the brilliant racing at Oliver’s Mount over the years. The term hero is something only used to describe people who have scaled heights no one else has achieved before. Around Oliver’s Mount Ryan Farquhar was a rider who scaled those heights more than most.