Oliver’s Mount a tough challenge for sidecar duo

Whitby's Dave Atkinson competes in his sidecar at the Croft circuit'picture: dcd-images.co.uk
Whitby's Dave Atkinson competes in his sidecar at the Croft circuit'picture: dcd-images.co.uk
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WHITBY sidecar racer Dave Atkinson and his passenger Phil “Gromit” Knapton will be returning for their second visit to Oliver’s Mount this weekend.

The Scarborough circuit is the only road racing venue on the UK mainland and is a smaller, more intense version of the World famous Isle of Man TT where Team AWR racked up an impressive 13th and 18th place on Gromit’s first and Dave’s second time to the Manx circuit.

Dave suffered a horrendous crash in practice in 2009 when he hit oil.

Team AWR are looking to build on their solid Oliver’s Mount debut earlier in the year where they had two thirds and a fourth, just behind the Scarborough regulars Conrad Harrison on the Printer Roller Services’ outfit and former British Champion Ian Bell.

Due to the nature of the circuit and the fact that it is virtually impossible to overtake, Oliver’s Mount is one of the most challenging circuits in the country.

Dave and Phil are relishing the challenge and can’t wait to return.

Dave said: “It’s our home circuit but for some reason we have never raced here until July this year.

“It’s a great place to race and it really makes you think about your every manoeuvre and requires the utmost skill to get past other racers on such a tight circuit.”

The pair thank sponsors ABC Storage Solutions, York Timber Products, Appy Trans, MJD Race Paints, D E O’Reilly Transport, Passage to India and Whitby Cottages. We are very grateful for their support this season and hopefully can build on our Croft success.

Team AWR will have a tough challenge on their hands with three-times World Sidecar Champion Tim Reeves passengered by seven times TT winning passenger Dan Sayle preparing to make their mark on the meeting.