Hip, hip hooray! Pure road racing UK style finally returns next weekend, with the returning Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup. The first part of Road Racing News preview series about the first UK roads event of 2021, focuses upon the always keenly contested Supersport class. After last year’s record breaking, history making action, focus a plenty will be placed upon Scarborough ‘King Pins’ Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston. Silicone Engineering Racing’s Harrison and Ashcourt Racing’s Johnston between them at the 2020 Gold Cup broke the Supersport lap record on no less than 13 occasions and it wouldn’t be a surprise if more scintillating pace is shown next week. Alongside back to back Steve Henshaw Gold Cup Champion Johnston, others considered candidates to take the Bob Smith Spring Cup away from 2019 Senior TT winner Harrison, include Scarborough racing returnee Davey Todd. Brotton’s Todd has linked up with Wilson Craig Racing for his first Oliver’s Mount tenure since the Barry Sheene Classic in 2017 and despite his lack of experience at England’s only active roads venue, he no question has the core talent, race craft to put himself in contention for top results. Same applies to BE Racing’s Paul Jordan whilst added contenders for top three finishes or better include DC Racing’s Mike Norbury, Cowton Racing’s Dominic Herbertson and fastest Scarborough newcomer in 2019, Lightweight Manx GP lap record holder Jim Hind (Team ILR). 2018 Ulster GP Super Twins winner Adam McLean (McAdoo Kawasaki) like the aforementioned Jordan, Todd makes a popular return and is another to not discount from contending for middleweight class honours. Additional ones to watch include Dafabet Racing’s Rob Hodson, 2016 Senior Manx GP victor Tom Weeden, ‘Tommy Club’ member Brad Vicars (VRS Racing), Jamie Williams, Sam Johnson (Team Dynamic Racing), Tom Robinson, Neil Kernohan, Lewis Arrowsmith, new HeatTech Racing signing Dan Harrison. Richard Charlton, Barry Furber, Don Gilbert, Kingston Upon Hull’s Callum Ward, Nottingham based Harry Jackson, the Isle of Wight’s Ryan Whitehall, fellow popular paddock regulars Rhys Hardisty, Justin Collins, Keith Pringle, Rodger Wibberley, Kevin Barsby, Stephen Degnan and Moto 2 mounted Justin Waring. High profile newcomers include Manx GP winners, Irish roads stars Thomas Maxwell, Michael Browne (BE Racing) and Darryl Tweed. All three have the capabilities to gel quickly with the tight, twisty 2.43 miles long Scarborough course and the same notion is applicable to Obsession Engineering supported Eric Wilson, who’s racing CV includes competing at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Not forgetting Wilson Craig Racing’s Scarborough newbies Steven Smith and ex Moto GP, British Superbikes racer Chris Burns. With an overall entry exceeding 60 racers, race fans, in particular Supersport aficionados will be ultra looking forward to what’s certain to be next week enthralling 600 action. Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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