Waring gets his new season off to a flier

Whitby’s Justin Waring gave a great account of himself for the first road racing event of the year, the Ian Watson Spring Cup, at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount.

With dry, but cool, conditions around the 2.43-mile woodland venue the Replicast-UK Racing Team had an impressive entry with Waring on board the Moto3.

With only enough time to complete just four fast laps in qualifying, the pressure was on. Justin produced a lap to qualify a stunning second swiftly followed by Replicast-UK team-mates Ian Lougher in third and Tom Stanford sixth on just his second ever road racing event.

Both Justin and Ian starting from the front row for the afternoon’s racing.

In the first of the Ian Watson Spring Cup Ultra Lightweight/400 races, Justin got boxed in at the start, leaving him nowhere to go.

He was back in fourth place, having a great battle with Seamus Elliott on the Yamaha 450, but unable to find a way past, Justin settled down and finished the six lap race in a credible fourth place.

Justin got off to a good start in the second race, managing to pass Steve Lawton on the way in to Mere Hairpin.

He then gained an advantage and was clawing his way up to the rider in front, bringing the Moto3 home in fourth place, 14 seconds ahead of his next rival. Speaking after the race at the Scarborough circuit, Justin said: “In the first race I got boxed in at the start which resulted in me losing some time.

“I fought my way through, but I know that I could have been fighting for the top three.

“The second race was better, my start was good and I had a couple of good battles.

“The bike felt good and all in all, it was a really good weekend. I just want to say a big thank you to Dave and the Repli-Cast Team for all their hard work. Really looking forward to Oulton Park for the next round of BSB now.”