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Scarborough Gold Cup 2014 – Lightning Lintin Secures Gold Cup Glory

Decent conditions greeted all competitors for opening lap of the re running of Steve Henshaw international gold cup race. Ivan Lintin got the hole shot into Mere Hairpin leading John McGuinness, Mick Goodings and Lee Johnston.

As opening lap went on Lintin pulled out a moderate advantage over Valvoline racing by Padgetts motorcycles rider McGuinness with Mick Goodings continuing to occupy third position.

By the end of lap 1 Ivan Lintin lead as John McGuinness lead the challenge to prevent the Ulster Grand Prix super twins winner from winning his first international superbike road race.

Mick Goodings held third position as Bruce Anstey and Lee Johnston rounded out top five. Onto lap two and Lintin’s lead grew as the rider competing on Taylor Lindsey racing CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade was proving to everyone that he is now firmly established as one of the leading competitors around Oliver’s Mount.

John McGuinness was still in second position although the 21 times TT winner was gradually dropping further behind race leader Lintin as Bruce Anstey, Mick Goodings and Lee Johnston where battling it out for third position.

Lap 2 finished with Lintin holding over 1.4 second advantage over McGuinness with Bruce Anstey slotting into third place with Mick Goodings and Lee Johnston not far behind.

Laps 3 and 4 saw positions out front remain largely the same although Lee Johnston on East Coast racing CBR 600 Honda was quickly reeling in Isle of Man TT lap record holder Bruce Anstey for third place.

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Ivan Lintin still lead now with an advantage of over 2.5 seconds by the end of lap four as John McGuinness continued to hold second position.

Lee Johnston by lap five had moved into third place as Bruce Anstey now fourth was starting to come under pressure from James Cowton. Ivan Lintin kept up a consistent pace on fifth lap doing everything he had to do to maintain the gap back to McGuinness in second place.

Lap number six and Bruce Anstey continuing to be pressured hugely by James Cowton who has been one of the stars of 2014 road racing season following podium finishes at all of the international road races.

The order around Oliver’s Mount at the end of lap six was Lintin still in the lead comfortably, McGuinness maintaining second as Johnston leading supersport 600 mounted rider in the race still held third position.

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There was no change in the top six positions on lap seven as Ivan Lintin entered final lap of the race on the verge of clinching the biggest race to win around Oliver’s Mount.

Ivan powered his way through the finish at the end of lap number eight to secure 2014 Steve Henshaw international gold cup victory. John McGuinness was a fine second for Valvoline racing by Padgetts motorcycles as Lee Johnston’s superb season continued with third place finish.

Bruce Anstey recorded his best gold cup finish to date with fourth position as James Cowton’s excellent season of racing around Oliver’s Mount ended in style with top five placing.

Mick Goodings was an excellent sixth whilst Tom Weeden having battled his way back to action today around the mount following two crashes yesterday secured brilliant seventh place finish.

Bruce Birnie acquired fantastic eighth place finish whilst Mark Goodings and Brian Greenfield finalized the top ten. Another great Steve Henshaw international gold cup which saw Ivan Lintin acquire arguably the best win so far of his road racing career.

Already in 2014 Ulster Grand Prix super twins winner, TT 2014 privateers champion and podium finisher at the North West 200 Ivan has added gold cup glory to his growing list of dazzling achievements in what has been a stunning season for him.

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