Road Racing News

The Story Behind The Picture: Michael Dunlop – 2013 Scarborough Gold Cup Premier Class Battle

Today’s featured image in Road Racing News, The Story Behind The Picture series showcases the closeness of competition at Yorkshire’s ‘Mini TT’, Oliver’s Mount.

The second leg of the Darran Lindsay Trophy Superbike races, from the 2013 Gold Cup meeting, it’s fair to say could be summed up by one word, unpredictable.

At first, the premier class encounter looked like been another captivating, gripping battle between Mount maestros Guy Martin and Dean Harrison.

By lap three though, conditions around the Mount were deteriorating, as inclement wet weather embarked upon the 2.43 miles long course.

Having chosen the right tyre set up, Harrison aboard the RC Express Racing by MSS Performance Kawasaki, quickly moved into a healthy race lead, as outright Scarborough lap record holder Martin dropped back into a battle for second.

Michael Dunlop, who would go onto win the corresponding feature Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup race, was quietly making solid progress, and would go onto finish in third place ahead of respected rival Martin.

Out front, there was no stopping Bradford’s Harrison, who’s race victory gave him overall Darran Lindsay Superbike class spoils.

Behind Harrison, there was a surprise for some, but not for astute roads aficionados, second place finisher in the form of 675 Daytona Triumph mounted Tom Weeden.

Weeden who has since shown his raw talent on the Mountain Course, illustrated by 2016 Senior Manx GP success, back in 2013 at Scarborough, caught the attention of many with his top draw display in tricky conditions, finishing in front of the likes of Dunlop, Martin, Anstey and Lougher.

Words by Stevie Rial

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