67th Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount Abandoned
25/09/2017

67th Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount Abandoned

The 67th Scarborough Gold Cup at Sorrymate’s partnered circuit Oliver’s Mount was unfortunately forced to be abandoned after two serious incidents on Sunday.

Twelve people were injured after two separate incidents involving experienced riders Jamie Coward and Daley Mathison, who both crashed through safety fencing into spectators.

We would firstly like to pass on our best wishes to all those affected and we feel it is important to give a special mention to the medical personnel, marshals and officials, local police, NHS, ambulance staff and helimeds for all their efforts in treating those involved.

The first collision occurred at around 10:40am during qualifying for the feature Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup race when Oliver’s Mount regular Coward lost control of his bike on the approach to Druries hairpin and travelled through the fences into the crowd.

Four people were affected, with air ambulances transporting two casualties to James Cook hospital Middlesbrough and Hull Royal, respectively, while one was taken to Scarborough via land ambulance, with one walking wounded.

Racing recommenced and two contests were completed before a second incident took place during the Junior B race in the early afternoon when Mathison, who is a contender for victories at every meeting at England’s only road race track, suffered a front brake failure at the same corner and was forced to jump off the bike.

A similar outcome materialised, this time with six casualties; one taken to James Cook via air ambulance, two being able to walk away from the incident and the remainder transported to Scarborough.

The meeting was then cancelled due to the severity of the incidents and the medical resources being stretched.

The events happened a day after a serious accident for AJB Racing rider Brad Vicars, who suffered a severe leg injury after a crash on Saturday and is now on the mend in hospital.

The Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup had otherwise ran smoothly on Saturday and was dominated by a usual suspect as Spring Cup and Cock O’The North Champion Dean Harrison proved once again he is a cut above the rest with four wins out of four, as well as beating his own lap record.

Elsewhere, Lee Crawford and Ian Lougher both claimed two victories, while there were also first-place finishes for Daniel Frear, Ivan Lintin, Stephen Parsons and Barry Evans.

However, the racing became a secondary factor as the inherent risks of the sport were highlighted. We wish everyone affected a speedy recovery and would like to emphasise the immediate and effective response of the emergency services, marshals and officials, who were crucial in treating the injured.

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