Spring Cup: Supersport Heat Races Review

Spring Cup: Supersport Heat Races Review
Heat 1:

Post overnight rain, early morning drizzle better weather albeit a touch cool and breezy greeted racers for the opening Supersport heat race at the returning Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup.

Not surprisingly Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston gained an early hole-shot into Mere Hairpin and come the completion of the opening race lap, had moved 2.584 clear of pole sitter Mike Norbury.

From here back to back Steve Henshaw Gold Cup winner Johnston would not be catched, ultimately emerging victorious by just a shade in excess of 2.5 seconds over plucky lead challenger DC Racing’s Norbury.

Team ILR with Mark Coverdale’s Jim Hind in third place continues to impress at Scarborough whilst positions 4th through to 6th were taken by BE Racing’s Paul Jordan, rapid newcomer Darryl Tweed and Thundersport front runner Daniel Forbes.

Finalising the first ten finishers were Wilson Craig Racing’s Davey Todd, Don Gilbert, race winner at last year’s Gold Cup meeting Lewis Arrowsmith and Drew Patrick supported Scarborough debutant Gary McGoy.

Heat 2:

The second five lap Supersport heat would see Cowton Racing’s Dominic Herbertson, 2018 Newcomers A Manx GP runner-up Steven Haddow take leading roles.

Evenly matched throughout, a final late burst of pace from podcast host, fans favourite Herbertson proved enough to secure race honours by the modest margin of 0.7 of a second.

Third behind Herbertson, Haddow was race pole sitter Tom Weeden, who set the fastest lap of the race on the fifth and final lap, lapping at 1 minute 54.378 seconds.

Tom Robinson took fourth, Paul Marley bagged fifth as sixth went the way of fellow Yorkshireman, new HeatTech Racing signing Dan Harrison.

Others to bank top ten finishes were JLG Racing’s Jamie Williams (7th), Harry Jackson (8th), Mark Jackson (9th) and Justin ‘Weeman’ Collins (10th).

Heat 3:

Can you guess who secured another race win in the third and final Supersport heat race? Yep your probably right, Bradford’s Dean Harrison.

Third on the grid, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Harrison quickly hit the front and powered away from the talented opposition, enjoying a final race winning lead of close to 20 seconds.

An excellent second to now 95 times Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough winner Harrison was Kingston Upon Hull’s Callum Ward.

Ward fourth over the finish line, inherited second due to 10 second jump start timing penalties allocated to second, third place finishers on the road, leading newcomer Michael Browne and York’s Joe Thompson.

Dafabet Racing’s Rob Hodson battled his way to fifth whilst places 6th-10th went to Martin Morris, Richard Charlton, Logan Racing backed Neil Kernohan, Kieran Brockie and emerging Isle of Wight road racer Ryan Whitehall.

Photo’s by Gary Howlett

Words by Stevie Rial

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