Dean Harrison cleans up at Cock o’the North

Dean Harrison was the clear dominant force at last weekend’s racing at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough, retaining the Cock o’the North title for the third year running.

He took seven wins from seven starts including winning the feature Cock o’the North race. Other winners over the two day event included Ivan Lintin, Paul Owen and Bradley Vicars.

While the Kells Road Races in Ireland were called off due to adverse weather conditions, the racing at Scarborough went full steam ahead with 22 races run over the two days. Silicone Engineering rider Harrison arrived at the event off the back of a successful fortnight at the Isle of Man TT which yielded podium finishes and second place in the Joey Dunlop Championship.He also came into the weekend having taken a hat-trick of victories at the Spring Cup earlier in the year.

Harrison opened his account with a win in the first leg of the Junior A race, beating Daley Mathison by a comfortable ten seconds with James Cowton third. Mick Goodings and Barry Evans completed the top five. In the corresponding Junior B race Vicars took his first victory of the meeting, also by ten seconds, with Kevin De Frenne second and Gary Graves in third. It was the same duo winning the second legs of each race, with Tom Weeden joining Harrison and Mathison on the podium for the A race. Robin Howells was third in Junior B.

There was another win for Harrison in the Solo Open A race, beating Lintin and Mathison as Callum Ward won the B race. De Frenne was on the podium again and the leading two were joined by Laurent Hoffmann on the podium. Again Harrison doubled up, winning the second leg ahead of Lintin and Mathison. Vicars won the second leg of the B race ahead of Ward and De Frenne.

In the Lightweight class, Paul Owen and Phil Stead shared the spoils with a win each in the two races. Owen beat Daniel Frear by 9.4 seconds in race one with Justin Waring in third. Stead won the second by 19.6 seconds over Alistair Haworth and Paul Gartland. Ian Lougher was victorious in the Ultra Lightweight class ahead of Tony Flinton, Phil Harvey and Ian Stanford. Owen beat Stead and Raymond Tulett in Classic F2. In the second leg, Stead was the overall winner from Owen and Lougher.

Super Lightweight – or Supertwins as they are more commonly known – was won by Lintin in both legs, fresh off the back of his second TT victory in the class. He beat James Cowton by nearly half a minute with Julian Tillotson third. Adam Child was just three tenths further back in fourth ahead of Weeden in fifth. Cowton joined Lintin on the podium for the second leg, this time with Jamie Coward third.

There was a win for Coward in Classic Superbike F1, ahead of David Bell and Peter Boast in race one. In the second leg he beat Boast and Mark Goodings, with Vicars in fourth.

Elsewhere Dave Wallis and Harry Payne won two of three F2 Sidecar races. It was the narrowest of margins – 0.021s – over Steve and Matty Ramsden in the first leg, with Lee Crawford and Sam Christie in third. The Ramsden partnership won the second race ahead of Wallis and Payne with Crawford and Christie again in third. In the third leg Crawford and Christie moved into second ahead of Dean Lindley and Rob Bell.

For Harrison there were further wins in both Senior races and the feature Cock o’the North race. The first leg of the Senior race – held over five laps – saw him beat Lintin by 6.9 seconds with Mathison third. The second leg featured the same podium although Harrison’s advantage was stretched to 17.2 seconds. The Grand Final was an 8.8 second victory over Lintin, with Mathison a further seven seconds back. Alan Bonner finished in fourth ahead of Mick Goodings, Cowton, Weeden, Coward, Vicars and Jamie Williams.

The Barry Sheene Festival will be held at the circuit on 23rd and 24th July.

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