There is a great mix of hugely talented next generation International Road Racers, event veterans, Manx GP podium finishers, Oliver’s Mount specialists within the entry list for the 250, 400 machinery based 2&4 Stroke races at the 69th Scarborough Gold Cup.
Amongst those considered strong favourites for class spoils include Lightweight Manx GP lap record holder Jim Hind.
Last month Hind excelled and some on his Scarborough racing debut, taking six top three finishes which included four successive Classics A, B, GP 350 combined race wins.
As at the Barry Sheene Classic, Hind will be in action this weekend on the Dennis Trollope Racing TZ 250 Yamaha, which he also took recently to success at the NG Road Racing Cadwell Park meeting.
Currently tied eighth within the British GP2 Cup Championship standings, York’s Joe Thompson is another firm contender for victories on Saturday and Sunday.
14 times a race winner at Scarborough, Thompson has shown on more than one occasion his midas touch on two stroke tackle.
Alongside Thompson, Hind others in contention for elite results include Chris Moore, 2015 Lightweight Manx GP winner Mark Purslow, Dan Ingham.
Ian Stanford, two stroke racing newcomer Julian Tillotson, Adrian Skaife, Tony Flinton and local favourite, pure road racing returnee Nick Anderson.
Anderson’s first outing for 18 months since sustaining a shoulder injury from an incident at Croft, will see him pilot the highly potent RMDK (Roger Middleton) Racing ZXR 400 Kawasaki.
Always carrying a great following, 400, 250 machines are perennial favourites of various long-term Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough supporters.
Supporters old and new of race action at England’s sole real roads course will no question be treated this weekend to more compelling, thrilling 400/250cc competition.
Words by Stevie Rial