Dean Harrison on form at Cock O’The North

Following his domination at the Spring Cup in April, Dean Harrison was once again the man to beat at Oliver’s Mount. The Silicone Engineering rider took seven wins – including the feature race – at the Cock O’The North meeting last weekend.

Harrison opened his account with a win in the first Junior race, beating Adam McLean by eight and a half seconds. Jamie Coward joined the pair on the podium. He followed that up by winning the Solo Open and the Senior. Ivan Lintin and McLean were the podium finishers in the Solo Open race. Daley Mathison and Lintin were second and third in the Senior race. Harrison also won the second leg of both races. There were podiums for Mathison in both while Lintin and McLean were third and second in the Senior and Junior races respectively.

The Cock O’The North feature race saw Harrison cross the line just over three seconds clear of Harrison. McLean rounded off a successful weekend of racing with his fifth podium of the meeting. Coward was fourth ahead of Mick Goodings, Daniel Frear, Brian Greenfield, Darren Cooper and James Cowton.

Elsewhere Joey Thompson was victorious in both Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight races. In both races he was joined on the podium by Rhys Hardistry and Frear – Hardistry second in race one and Frear second in race two.

Lintin took the win in both Super Lightweight races. It was a narrow victory in race one, beating Cowton by just nine tenths of a second while McLean was 1.4 seconds off the winner. In the second leg the gap was smaller still – down to seven tenths – while Bradley Vicars joined the leading two on the podium.

Joining the riders winning more than one race were Steven Haddow and David Bell. Haddow won both Junior B races beating Ben Shuttlewood and Russell Brook in both. The winning margin was just over a second in both races. Bell won both Classic Superbike races. He beat Peter Boast and Daniel Ingham in both. Paul Marley won the Solo Open B race beating Haddow and Shuttlewood. Brian Greenfield beat Haddow and Marley in the Solo Open B race.

In the Sidecar class it was two out of three for the Steve and Matty Ramsden partnership. They won the second and third race. Lee Crawford and Harry Payne beat the Ramsdens by four tenths of a second in race one. John and Jake Lowther were third. In race two the Ramsdens beat the Lowthers while Conrad Harrison and Andrew Winkle joined them on the podium. This result was replicated in race three.

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Dean Harrison dominates Spring Cup at Oliver’s Mount

Dean Harrison was the dominant rider at this year’s Bob Smith Spring Cup at Oliver’s Mount. He backed up his hat-trick at the corresponding event last year.

The Silicone Engineering rider took 7 victories over the weekend, including the feature Spring Cup race. Other race winners at the meeting included Ivan Lintin, James Cowton and Adrian Harrison.

Harrison’s first win of the day came in the Junior A race where he started from pole position and beat Daley Mathison by 5.6 seconds. Daniel Hegarty was third with Lintin fourth and Jamie Coward fifth. It was a family affair in the Junior class with Dean’s brother Adrian Harrison winning the B race. Owen Graves was second with Stephen Degnan in third. The Harrisons won the second legs of their respective races with an identical podium from race one in the A race. The second B race saw Jamie Harris and Lewis Bramwell finish second and third.

Lee Crawford and Steve Ramsden – along with their passengers – won two races apiece in the F2 Sidecars class. Crawford won the first race along with Patrick Farrance, with Conrad Harrison with Andy Winkle second, and Dean Lindley with Robert Bell third. The second race was won by Steve and Matty Ramsden with the podium finishers from race one joining them. Crawford won the third race with Jake Lowther as passenger, beating the Ramsden duo and Greg Lambert and Julie Canipa. The Ramsdens won the fourth and final race, beating Dave Wallis and Scott Hardie, and Harrison and Winkle.

There were two legs of the Super Lightweight class and these were won by James Cowton and Ivan Lintin. The first race in the class was won by Cowton who beat Barry Furber by over ten seconds. Darren Cooper, Barry Evans and Mark Purslow completed the top five. Lintin won the second leg beating Furber and Cooper by a very comfortable margin of over 20 seconds.

Harrison backed up his Junior race victories with two Open race wins. In the first leg of the A race he beat Hegarty and Lee Johnston, with Coward and Mathison finishing fourth and fifth respectively. It was the same top five in the second leg. Joe Thompson won both of the B races beating Julian Tillotson and Lewis Bramwell. In the second B race it was Bramwell in second and Harris third, with Craig Neve and Grant Gaskell fourth and fifth.

In the Senior races there were two more victories for Harrison and he was joined on the podium once again by Hegarty and Mathison. Johnston was fourth in both with Coward fifth in the first leg and Lintin fifth in the second leg. Guy Martin raced in the Senior race – having competed at Tandragee the previous day –  and he finished in 12th place.

Elsewhere in the Ultralightweight & Lightweight class, Ian Lougher and Justin Waring shared the spoils for the Ultralightweights while Thompson won both Lightweight. In the first race Lougher was joined on the Ultralightweight podium by Waring and Ian Stanford while Thompson beat Paul Owen and Alistair Haworth in the Lightweight class. In the second leg Waring moved ahead of Lougher with Stanford third. Thompson beat Phil Stead and Nicholas Anderson in the Lightweight class. David Bell, Peter Boast, and Michael Hand completed the podium for the first Classic Superbike & F2 race. Bell beat Craig Neve and Boast in the second leg.

 

Harrison wrapped up a successful meeting by winning the Spring Cup feature race, beating Hegarty and Johnston. Mathison, Coward, Lintin, Mick Goodings, and Cowton were fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Tom Weeden and Mark Goodings rounded out the top ten.

Dean Harrison retains Gold Cup at Scarborough

Dean Harrison – the form man at Scarborough this year – has retained the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount having won it for the first time in 2015.

He took three victories at the Spring Cup back in April, adding seven more at the Cock o’the North event before also winning eight times at the Barry Sheene Festival.

At the Gold Cup Harrison took six victories for Silicone Engineering Racing including the feature race.

Ivan Lintin was first up on the winner’s list, beating Dan Kneen and Daley Mathison in the first leg of the Junior A race. Harrison took the victory in the second leg having been absent in the first. Mathison and Lintin were once again on the podium.

Lintin was also victorious in the Super Lightweight class and beat James Cowton and Adam McLean in the first leg. It was an identical podium for the second leg of the class. In the Lightweight class, Paul Owen and Joe Thompson were victorious in the two races respectively. Owen beat Alistair Haworth and Paul Gartland in the first race while Thompson was victorious over Owen and Haworth in race two.

It was Harrison leading the way in both Solo Open races. In the first he raced to a 3.4 second victory over Derek Sheils with Daniel Hegarty third. Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness were fourth and fifth respectively. In the second leg it was once again just over three seconds of an advantage for Harrison as he beat Lintin and Sheils.

This was backed up with two further victories for Harrison in the Senior class. Lintin and McGuinness joined him on the podium in race one while Sheils and Paul Gartland were second and third in race two.

Harrison then led start to finish in the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup race beating Lintin and Kneen. Mathison, McGuinness and Mick Goodings were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively with Mark Goodings seventh. Tom Weeden, Cowton, and Brian Greenfield rounded out the top ten finishers. Dunlop failed to finish the race.

Davy Morgan enjoyed a successful day with victories in both Solo B races and one of the Junior B races. In both Solo B races Morgan beat Jamie Williams and Gaz Evans. It was the same podium again in the first of two Junior B races. The second was won by Williams who beat Stephen Degnan and David McConnachy.

Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance won all three F2 Sidecar races with Steve and Matty Ramsden second in all three. David Bell beat Peter Boast and Owen in the Superbike F1 race first leg, with Paul Coward moving up to third in race two.

 

 

Dean Harrison on top form at Barry Sheene Festival

Dean Harrison was the form man at this year’s Barry Sheene Festival in Scarborough, taking eight victories.

The Silicone Engineering rider – who also dominated at this year’s Cock o’the North at Oliver’s Mount – was untouchable and won every race he started.

Harrison was victorious in both legs of the Supersport class, beating Ivan Lintin in the first and Daniel Hegarty in the second. Daley Mathison was on the podium in the first leg while Tom Weeden finished third in the second. In the Open class first leg, Harrison raced to a nearly seven second win over Hegarty with Mathison third again. The second leg saw Weeden pick up another podium, this time ahead of Jamie Coward.

The Modern Senior race was won by Harrison with Hegarty 5.6 seconds back in second in the first leg. Coward finished in third ahead of Mick and Mark Goodings who finished fourth and fifth respectively. The margin of victory was narrower in the second leg, this time with Harrison just three seconds clear of Hegarty, with Mick Goodings third. James Cowton won both Supertwin races beating Bradley Vicars and Peter Boast in both.

In the first leg of the Pre ’73 Classic and Denis Parkinson Classic Senior Geoff Hadwin, Craig Ridgeley, David Hebb, and Phil Stead won in their respective classes. Ridgeley, Nick Jeffries, and David Walker were the winners in the second leg. Joe Thompson won the first and second leg Modern Lightweight and Classic F2 race, beating Daniel Frear and Mick Goodings in both races. Steve and Matty Ramsden won all three Sidecar races.

Elsewhere in the Barry Sheene Trophy races – the Classic Superbike races – Harrison rounded off a successful weekend with two more wins. He beat David Bell by 19.544 seconds in the first race with Dan Kneen in third, just two tenths further back. Boast finished in fourth ahead of Mathison, Michael Hand, Mark Goodings and Martin Harrison. Vicars and Gaz Evans rounded out the top ten. In the second race Harrison was 9.992 seconds clear of Kneen while Bell finished third. Hand was fourth ahead of Stead, Martin Harnson, Mathison, Mark Goodings, Craig Robertson and Ewan Cameron.

 

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.

2016: Isle of Man TT Round-Up

The 2016 Isle of Man TT is one that will not be forgotten in a hurry. Conditions were ideal on the Island meaning lap records were smashed – both unofficially in practice and officially during the race.

Michael Dunlop completed the first sub 17 minute lap of the Mountain course and a lap of 133.962mph! The Ulster Grand Prix can sleep easy for now, however, as the world’s fastest road race title still belongs to them as Dunlop narrowly missed their fastest lap which stands at 133.977mph.

It was a TT that saw Ian Hutchinson and Dunlop go head-to-head as the pair battled for supremacy.

It was 1-0 to Dunlop following the first race. The pair had been swapping fast lap times during practice week – Dunlop in the Superbike class and Hutchinson blitzing the field on his Superstock. Dunlop won the opening Superbike race – even completing a 133.393mph lap from a standing start – with nearly a 20 second advantage over Hutchinson. John McGuinness completed the podium on his 20th anniversary of racing at the TT.

Then it was advantage Hutchinson for a few races. The most successful man in the Supersport class at the TT continued his form from last year by winning both races in the class again this year. The first one saw him cruise to a 14 second victory over Dunlop, although the Ballymoney man was later disqualified. Dean Harrison was then awarded second – 38 seconds down on the leader – with James Hillier in third. It was the same trio in the winner’s enclosure following the Superstock race with Hutchinson victorious once again.

The second Supersport race win saw Hutchinson draw level with Mike Hailwood in terms of TT victories – both riders on 14. He this time beat Dunlop by 17.5 seconds with Harrison again on the podium.

On Wednesday Ivan Lintin became a two time TT winner after another Lightweight win. It was a battle between himself and Hillier, the latter of the pair leading the race for the first lap and a half. The eventual winning margin for Lintin was just over 12 seconds with Hillier in second. The battle for third was close fought with any one of Gary Johnson, Martin Jessopp and Stefano Bonetti possible podium finishers. A slow stop compromised Johnson and it was Jessopp who got his first ever TT podium. Bonetti finished a career best fifth at the TT – his previous best having been 12th.

Bruce Anstey – who was riding with an injury following an off in practice – continued his TT podium record by securing victory in the TT Zero race. He has had at least one podium at every TT since his debut in 2002. Just seven riders started TT Zero with five finishers. Anstey beat William Dunlop – also injured from a practice accident – and Daley Mathison, another first time podium finisher. Race favourite John McGuinness was fourth ahead of Allann Venter.

In the Sidecar class the partnerships of John Holden and Andrew Winkle, and Ben and Tom Birchall were both successful. Holden and Winkle won the first Sidecar race although it had been the Birchall’s race to lose before they unfortunately retired on the last lap. Brothers Peter and Alan Founds both finished on the podium in the first race with their respective passengers of Jevan Walmsley and Aki Aalto. There was success for the Birchall pairing in race two, however, as they made it to the end and won.  They beat Holden and Winkle, with Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance joining them on the podium.

After all that it was time for the big one – the Senior TT. It was advantage Dunlop all the way as he stormed to victory. The lead was nearly two seconds at Glen Helen on the first lap and while it fluctuated throughout the race it ultimately grew. It was McGuinness’ team who pulled out all the stops in the pits, but it was not enough to do anything to stop Dunlop who won by 31 seconds in the end. Hutchinson was second with McGuinness in third. Harrison was just outside the top three, finishing fourth, ahead of Anstey, Conor Cummins, Michael Rutter, Lee Johnston, James Hillier and Ivan Lintin who completed the top ten.

It wasn’t a week without sadness as four competitors lost their lives at this year’s TT. Sidecar riders Dwight Beare and Ian Bell died following incidents in race one and two respectively. Beare’s passenger Benjamin Binns has been transferred to Liverpool hospital with leg injuries. Bell’s passenger – and son – Carl Bell was reported to be uninjured.

Paul Shoesmith – a team owner and racer – lost his life during a practice lap following racing on the first Saturday. He was posthumously awarded the ‘Spirit of the TT’ award which was presented to his family.  Andrew Soar also died following an incident in the Senior TT.  Thoughts remain with the families and friends of those we have lost.

Hutchinson wrapped up the Joey Dunlop Championship, while Dan Hegarty won the Privateers, and Holden and Winkle the Sidecars.

Not even a week after the dust settled at the Isle of Man TT, many riders will be in action this weekend at the Kells Road Races in Ireland and the Cock O’The North at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough.

Dean Harrison takes hat-trick of victories at Scarborough

Dean Harrison got his road racing season off to a positive start with three wins at the Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup in Scarborough.

The Silicone Engineering rider was victorious in the first leg of the Senior race before also winning the second leg of the same event and the Junior A race.

It was Daley Mathison who took the first win of the event, beating Harrison by just over eight and a half seconds with Lee Johnston in third in the first leg of the Junior A race. The first race of the Junior B race was won by Mike Norbury with Dean’s brother Adrian Harrison in second and Chris Cook in third.

Ivan Lintin won the Super Lightweight event ahead of Jamie Coward and Bradley Vicars with Ian Lougher winning the Ultra Lightweight class. Justin Waring joined Lougher on the podium along with Joe Thompson. Paul Owen was the winner in the Lightweight class beating Lougher and Jay Bellers-Smith.

In the first leg of the Senior Harrison notched up his first win of the event, narrowly beating Mathison and Daniel Hegarty. He also won the second leg this time ahead of Lintin and Hegarty. The podium trio in the second leg of the Junior A race were Harrison, Lintin and Johnston.

Elsewhere Steve Mercer started his year with a win in the Classic F1 class with Ian and Carl Bell winning both Sidecar races.

The feature race was red flagged following an incident involving Johnston who was taken to hospital as a precaution. The second running of the race was also red flagged, this time with much more serious consequences. Billy Redmayne was taken to hospital where he later sadly succumbed  to his injuries. Dave Hewson – the other rider involved – returned to the paddock. There are now plans to run the feature race at the Cock O’The North meeting at Scarborough.