A first pure road race victory, maiden success at a circuit as prestigious as Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough is a major landmark in any racer’s careers and it was no different last weekend for long term ‘Mini TT’ exponent Russell Brook.
The No Limits Racing regular had a fairly challenging start to Spring Cup racing proceedings, with his performance during Saturday’s third, final Supersport heat hampered by clutch problems.
Thanks though to help from Paul & Callum Ward, the clutch issue thwarting his trusty R6 Yamaha steed was rectified in time for Sunday’s competition.
On pole for the sole support race, Brook more than made the most of the opportunity. Here’s his thoughts below on the following race proceedings:
“The support race was the first race of the day, the start warm-up lap was going to be a test for the newly replaced clutch, it worked!
Lining up for the start on pole position I was determined to get the hole shot into Mere Hairpin and try to make a break while the others sort out their positions.
It worked and managed to pull an 11 second lead by the checkered flag to take my first Scarborough win. While it was the support race I have to say I think others had also had qualifying or heat race problems because in all honesty it was still a quality grid.
I also think the organisers cutting the entries and selecting who gets an entry made sure the field was competitive all the way through, while allowing for newcomers.”
The 41 plate holder’s 2021 Spring Cup expedition concluded with a respectable top 12 finish, within the reduced in distance five lap Supersport B race.
Now amongst the prized group of riders to have taken at least one race victory at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough it’s reward for all the time, effort he has put in over the years at England’s only active road race circuit.
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou