Illustrating again his undoubted Oliver’s Mount prowess, Lee Crawford starred at last week’s Scarborough Gold Cup.
Joined by Jake Lowther, the Team A.R.C driver held off the pursuits of Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall, the Ramsden’s Steve & Matty to clinch a quadruple of race victories.
Now 20 times a race winner at North Yorkshire’s ‘Mini TT, Road Racing News recently caught up with the 2021 FSRA British F2 Sidecar Champion.
Firstly chatting about his impressive maiden TT Races campaign, alongside long term passenger Scott Hardie, he stated:
“I think it was harder than I expected it to be, not physically but mentally there was a lot going on.
You look from the outside looking in, thinking how hard is it, you’ve got 37 and three quarter miles to learn and you know you try and learn from a car, video games, it’s different when you’ve got both sides of the circuit and your travelling at an average of 100 mph, everything kind of turns into one corner.
So, it wasn’t that hard to do that but I was there for 21 days, that was an experience and a half, paddock fever is a real thing.”
“But it was a good experience, it was quite rewarding, obviously there were downsides to it this year like anything, we hard to wait till five days in till get my first flying lap to head down Bray Hill and that was scary.
It was positive for us as the team, it was a positive one, we came away with 112.36 mph lap, from a standing start and I know if I work it out that’s about 114 on a flying lap, if I can maintain the lap itself.
So, I’m happy for the first time there, we were officially the fastest newcomers but through an irregularity we didn’t get it but I’m not bothered, it is what it is.”
Crawford went onto state that he’s hoping to tackle the TT again in 2023 plus disclosed candid perspectives about racing at Scarborough.
“It’s easy to stand there and say I’ve got a little girl, it’s to dangerous, it’s to risky and it is, until you get there and then everything changes, same as this place (Oliver’s Mount).
I think this is the hardest challenge out of the three (TT/Southern 100/Oliver’s Mount), because it’s difficult here, Oliver’s Mount has got something about it.
It’s not so much I don’t want to race here anymore cause I do but I want to get the lap record and then I want to take a back seat on the job, I want to watch more here and see how other teams get on.”
Going onto fully praise the team around him, loyal sponsors, he stated:
“It’s fun, it’s a hobby, we’ve got some solid sponsors on-board, a lot of people, a lot of team around us that help us.
Without the sponsors, without the team, the enthusiasm, effort of everybody, the job wouldn’t get done, it’s not a one man show.”
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou