Local riders shine at Oliver’s Mount

The crowd look on as Ivan Linton takes the win. 152018m
The crowd look on as Ivan Linton takes the win. 152018m

Local riders kept the podium places for themselves at this weekend’s racing at Oliver’s Mount.

There were three for Kilham’s James Cowton, despite him parting company with his team earlier in the season, and two for Hunmanby’s James Neesom.

Both boys were fresh back from the Isle of Man TT and battled to get their bikes race ready for the Barry Sheene Race Festival and Rally.

Despite wet weather once again causing havoc with the schedule as it did at April’s Spring Cup meeting, it didn’t deter Neesom, equally as comfortable racing in the rain,

In the Saturday practice he qualified on the front row with both his Kawasaki ZX6R and ZX10 taking a third and then a second in consecutive races behind Dean Harrison.

Gear box problems with the ZX6R saw him drop to sixth in Sunday’s repeat race and he finished fifth in the modern senior.

Afterwards he extended his thanks to Richard Kirby and Centurion Windows for help in getting both bikes race ready and through the TT.

James Cowton, now back under his own umbrella of Cowton Racing, finished second in the Supertwins onboard a Kawasaki 650 and second again in the repeat race on the Sunday.

He was well in the mix for the main race of the weekend, the Barry Sheene Trophy race which featured classic superbikes.

After a hard fought battle with Harrison, veteran Ryan Farquhar and Irishman Lee Johnston, Cowton took the third spot on a Suzuki ZXR1000.

But it was Harrison who would take the race win and the silverware on a Kawasaki ZXR 750.

Scarborough’s Nick Anderson was back on form taking two fourth places on the Saturday in lightweight and super lightweight classes.

He topped it on the Sunday when he took third in the last race of the day on his supertwin Kawasaki 650.

In addition to the familiar faces on the grid, Lincoln’s Ivan Lintin continued his fine form around the circuit and completed the double by winning the Modern Junior race (Kawasaki ZX6R) and Supertwin (Kawasaki ER 650) on both days to complete a successful weekend.

However, the weekend was also a tribute to the late great Barry Sheene, who enjoyed years of unparalleled success on the two-stroke RG500 Suzuki.

And for this meeting the Oliver’s Mount circuit and Suzuki GB both teamed up for the first time to stage this weekend’s racing which featured parade laps and classic races for those machines from a bygone era.

The original pre 1970s racing bikes found their form once again including the likes of a Royal Enfield 250 Crusader, Max Norton 500, Seeley 349 adnd a Patton 500 ridden by Farquhar.

But, Hull’s Marc Coggon took the wins on both days with a pre 1990 Suzuki GWSXR 600.

Sheene’s rivals from back in the day Jim Redman and Mick Grant were special guests during the weekend sharing stories with Chris Palmer in a chat show.

The next race meeting at Oliver’s Mount is the Cock O the North taking place on Saturday and Sunday July 18 and 19.

Bradford’s Harrison will be looking to retain the title he has held for the last two years.