Harrison dominates, but local riders grab podium places

Action from Oliver's Mount
Action from Oliver's Mount

Local riders made their way onto the podium at this weekend’s road racing, while adopted local hero Dean Harrison continued his monopoly of the Mount.

The Bradford-based rider has been a firm fixture at Oliver’s Mount for years and ever since he peered through the fences watching his dad Conrad race sidecars.

Action from Oliver's Mount

Action from Oliver's Mount

But now the tables have turned and he is the one being hero-worshipped.

No surprise really given his continued domination of the sport in Scarborough.

Already the current Cock o’ The North, Harrison won all seven races he was out in over the Saturday and Sunday Barry Sheene Road Race Festival which celebrated modern and classic machines.

The first race of the Saturday programme was the modern junior which he won on the 600 by seeing off Ivan Lintin, who would later in the day end up in hospital sustaining nasty injuries to his finger in a crash later in the day.

Action from Oliver's Mount

Action from Oliver's Mount

Harrison, riding for Silicone Engineering, won the modern solo on his ZX10, the classic superbike on a Kawasaki ZX7R750 and the modern senior.

He won the Sunday rounds of the same races comfortably but had competition from fresh faces as Nottingham’s Dan Hegarty and Maidstone’s Tom Weedon showed they were worthy of their podiums this weekend too.

There was cause for celebration for the area’s local riders too who returned to winning ways.

Kilham’s James Cowton was delighted to take the top spot in both legs of the modern super lightweight class.

Action from Oliver's Mount

Action from Oliver's Mount

Cowton was completely at home on the Kawasaki ER6 650 which he races with his backers Radcliffe Butchers.

He had made no secret of the fact it is the size of bike he favours and after some team swaps over the last couple of seasons he will be hoping he can build on the victory.

Scarborough’s James Tadman was fifth in both races for the class too.

Whitby’s Justin Waring was third in Saturday’s modern lightweight race on the Honda RS 250 and just missed out on another podium when he finished fourth in the Sunday second leg.

He is headed to Ireland this week where he will be competing in the Armoy road races for the first time as a newcomer.

The Bob Smith Spring Cup race was run on Sunday afternoon after being abandoned in April when a crash during the race led to serious in juries and ultimately the death of upcoming rider, Billy Redmayne.

It was won this time by Hegarty who dedicated his race win to Billy Redmayne.