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Scarborough Gold Cup Preview – Part 5 – Sidecar Races

There’s something special about Sidecar racing at Scarborough. Whether it’s how close the racing is, how spectacular the outfit’s look going through Jefferies Jumps.

Viewing close up the driver, passengers talents, it’s a must for roads fans to witness three wheeling competition at England’s only real roads course.

Various three wheel racing insiders consider Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie, firm favourites for success in all 4 of the weekend’s Sidecar races.

Confirmed to pilot the Suzuki powered Team ARC outfit, that has propelled them already this year to victories at Mallory Park and Croft, it’s going to take faultless, truly world class performances from their fellow competitors to defeat them this weekend.

Anticipated leading challengers to Crawford/Hardie include former TT winners Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle.

The popular Harrison/Winkle pairing know what it takes to secure top level results at Scarborough and it wouldn’t at all be a surprise to see them scoop at least one race win during the 69th Gold Cup meeting.

Joining Harrison/Winkle on the entry list are fellow regular Scarborough front runners, father/son duo Steve Ramsden/Matty Ramsden.

Making a welcome return to roads action, they are certain to be in the mix for more first rate finishes at North Yorkshire’s own ‘Mini TT’.

Added ones to watch include 2009 Senior Manx GP winner Michael Russell teaming up with Karl Schofield, Shaun Chandler/Ben Chandler, Bruce Moore/Ashley Moore and Michael Kirkup/Arlo Brown.

Scarborough newcomers wise, lots and lots attention will be placed upon 10 times TT winners Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall.

The Mansfield brothers who have previously taken in demo laps of Oliver’s Mount, maiden Gold Cup venture sees them LCR Honda mounted.

Those in attendance this weekend will be watching true Sidecar legends and ones that are amongst the greatest driver/passenger combinations in three wheel racing history.

Their confirmed presence allied to the previously stated crews, a double figure entry list only adds bucket loads more anticipation to Sidecar competition at the three day Gold Cup meet.

Words by Stevie Rial

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