The 67th Scarborough Gold Cup at SorryMate’s partnered circuit Oliver’s Mount was unfortunately forced to be abandoned. This was after two serious incidents on Sunday.
Twelve injured in two separate accidents
Twelve people were injured after two separate incidents. These incidents involved 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. 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.
Ambulances transported six people to the hospital
The first collision occurred at around 10:40 am. This happened 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. As a result, he 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. In addition, 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 further six casualties occurred
A similar outcome materialised later on. 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.
Prior incidents had occured on the previous Saturday
The events happened a day after a serious accident for AJB Racing rider Brad Vicars. He 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 run smoothly on Saturday. It 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 He additionally beat his own lap record.
Lee Crawford and Ian Lougher both claimed two victories. There were also first-place finishes for Daniel Frear, Ivan Lintin, Stephen Parsons and Barry Evans.
Motorbike racing is not without its inherent risks
Racing became a secondary factor on the day as the inherent risks of the sport were highlighted. We wish everyone affected a speedy recovery. Furthermore, we would like to emphasise the good work that the emergency services did in treating the injured.
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It has been a great weekend of racing at SorryMate’s sponsored circuit Oliver’s Mount for this year’s Barry Sheene Festival.
Multiple wins for the team
With reigning champion and Cock O’The North winner Dean Harrison on British Superbike duty, David Bell took full advantage by claiming the illustrious Barry Sheene Trophy. In addition, there were also multiple wins for Daley Mathison, Jamie Coward, Steve & Matty Ramsden, Joey Thompson, James Cowton and Ian Stanford during a very competitive weekend of racing.
However, the highlight of the event involved Sheene’s son Freddie and 1981 British Superbike Champion Steve Parrish. Sheene restored his 1976 and 1977 World title-winning bikes for the event. They were both ridden by the pair in a special parade session.
The team will now focus on the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup
We now turn our attention to the final Oliver’s Mount meeting of the calendar year. This is the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup. It will take place near the end of September.
Dean Harrison was the dominant figure once again as he claimed a fifth feature Cock O’The North title. Oliver’s Mount is a circuit sponsored by SorryMate to take his tally to 38 wins in total at the venue.
Harrison defended his title
The Bradford-born rider has made the track his own by successfully defending his crown. In addition to this, he repeated the feat of seven wins from seven races for the second year in a row.
Harrison saw off the challenge of Daley Mathison in both Senior races. Following this, during the main event, he went on to claim the weekend’s biggest prize. Not only did he maintain a three-second gap throughout, but he also demolished Guy Martin’s lap record from 2013. He successfully took home a stunning lap time of 1 minute 43.362 seconds
Steve and Matty were also victorious
Elsewhere, Steve and Matty Ramsden produced a hat-trick of victories in the Sidecar races. The pair narrowly avoided securing all four by finishing just 0.434 seconds behind race one winners Lee Crawford and Harry Payne.
Super Twins master Ivan Lintin controlled the class with a pair of wins. He proved to be the closest challenger to Harrison and Mathison during the Senior and Solo Open A races.z
<h3″>Steven Haddow celebrated his success
Meanwhile, there were triumphs for riders at very different ends of the spectrum as Ian Lougher sealed his 138th win at Oliver’s Mount. Steven Haddow celebrated his Scarborough debut with a maiden victory in the first of two Junior B races. He then went on to claim a top spot in the second race to complete a dream weekend for the Scot.
James Cowton, Paul Marley and Brian Greenfield were also victors, while Joe Thompson and David Bell doubled up in the Lightweight and Classic Superbike classes, respectively.
SorryMate was delighted at the outcome
SorryMate was happy to sponsor the circuit for such a great event for a third successive year. We look forward to continuing the partnership at the Barry Sheene Road Race Festival at the latter stages of July. This is in addition to the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup in September.
It’s the second Oliver’s Mount meeting of the year this weekend as the track hosts the Cock O’The North event.
Last year, Harrison dominated the event
An action-packed weekend of racing is in store at our partnered circuit, with 22 races including the Cock O’The North Final on the schedule. Last year, Dean Harrison dominated Oliver’s Mount. He emerged unbeaten with seven race victories and claimed the Cock O’The North trophy.
The weather forecast is looking up
The weather forecast suggests it will be a glorious weekend, so make sure you take advantage by getting to the event and visiting our marquee to have a chat and collect your free SMIDSY card.