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 3 of the weekend’s Sidecar races.
Confirmed to pilot the Suzuki powered Team ARC outfit, that propelled them to a rostrum finish at the Southern 100, plus a brace of victories at the Barry Sheene Classic, 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.
Bellas Honda mounted Harrison/Winkle 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 68th Gold Cup meeting.
Joining Harrison/Winkle on the entry list are fellow seasoned 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 ‘Mini TT’.
Added notable confirmed entrants include John Lowther/Tom Christie, plus Greg Lambert/Julie Canipa who competed alongside Maria Costello MBE within the Locate.im Sidecar races of TT 2019.
Others capable of banking excellent results include Kevin Thornton/David Hainsworth, Andy Wilby/Paul Lowther, Gary Wilson/Ian Tennant and Graham Hodgson/Phil Gravel.
In total 12 crews are set for competitive action at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, which as widely previously mentioned is now in a new enterprising new era.
Words by Stevie Rial