A number of riders were in Scarborough at the weekend for the Barry Sheene Festival, including special guest Giacamo Agostini. The 15 time world champion paraded his 500cc MV Augusta alongside Mick Grant. Ryan Farquhar was amongst the race winners, along with Dean Harrison, Ivan Lintin and Ian Lougher who was racing classic bikes.
In the first race of the day on Saturday – the 250, 350 & 500cc Pre 73 Classic event – Geoff Hadwin, Craig Ridley, and Farquhar were victorious in their respective classes. It was a Paton 1-2 in the 500cc class, with Farquhar leading home Lougher by over eight seconds. James Cowton initially took the race lead but retired after three laps after falling off his Norton, but escaping injury. John Fawcett completed the podium for that race on a Seeley. David Hebb and Jack Scrivener joined Ridley on the podium in the 350cc class. Next up on the programme were the Modern and Super – Lightweights. Alistair Haworth comfortably beat Adrian Skaife and Daniel Anderson in the Super-Lightweight class. In the Supertwins Lintin was the winner, ahead of Cowton and James Neesom. Both Lintin and Cowton impressed in the class at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT, taking four podiums between them in the three races.
The first leg of the Geoff Barry Classic Superbike race was another one won by Farquhar, this time on a Yamaha and he was 24 seconds clear of second placed rider, Paul Coward. Martin Harrison finished third, with the latter two both riding Suzukis. Dean Harrison had taken the early lead but his bike broke down. It was an historic win for Farquhar – his 100th win at Oliver’s Mount – after recording another milestone at Tandragee earlier in the year with his 200th Irish National road race victory.
The Modern Machines Junior/600 race was led from start to finish by Cowton, who beat Daley Mathison and Mark Lister. Cowton’s lead was just over six seconds by the end of the last lap, with Mathison in turn 13 seconds ahead of Lister. The final race on Saturday was the Modern Senior, out along with the Denis Parkinson Classic. The classic race was won by Lougher who beat Peter Boast and Robert Chambers on his Paton. Lintin started from pole and lead for most of the race, before being passed by Dean Harrison who took the win. Lintin finished second with Mathison in third.
Racing continued on the Sunday and the action was once again kicked off by the 250, 350 & 500cc Pre 73 classics. The same trio of riders who won the race on the previous day were victorious again, with Paton scoring another 1-2 finish with Farquhar and Lintin in the 500ccs. In the Supertwins it was Lintin again coming home ahead of Cowton, and Neesom once again in third. Haworth was again the winner in the Super-Lightweight class, beating George Hogton and Lougher.
Dean Harrison added another win to his tally in the feature race – theBarry Sheene Classic Superbike – holding off Farquhar and Russ Mountford. The race was red flagged after seven tours of the track and declared at the end of lap five. The second leg of the Geoff Barry Classic Superbike race had an identical podium to the race before, but this time Harrison was more than 20 seconds clear of Farquhar.
In the final two races of the day there were wins for Cowton and Lintin. Cowton won the Junior Machines Junior 600 race, just under two seconds clear of Mathison in second. Neesom picked up another podium by finishing third. Lintin was victorious in the modern Superbike race, beating Mathison and Harrison. Hogton won the Denis Parkinson Classic.