Father and son team up for Sheene glory

Miserable conditions marred the Barry Sheene Festival motorbike racing on Olivers Mount on Sunday afternoon. Pictured is the Syd Barnett Trophy and Red Rose Trophy race for classic bikes. Picture by Andrew Higgins 122576a 23/06/12
Miserable conditions marred the Barry Sheene Festival motorbike racing on Olivers Mount on Sunday afternoon. Pictured is the Syd Barnett Trophy and Red Rose Trophy race for classic bikes. Picture by Andrew Higgins 122576a 23/06/12
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It was a day to remember for father and son duo Paul and Jamie Coward, who took a damp Oliver’s Mount by storm on Sunday.

In the absence of regular star rider Ryan Farquhar, the pair from Hebden Bridge, rode away from a drenched track with both the Barry Sheene Classic Superbike and the Denis Parkinson 500 Trophies in the bag.

Jamie’s double win in the headline act of the Barry Sheene Road Race Festival and the Geoff Barry Trophy, his dad’s success in the Denis Parkinson as well as the heroics of Ivan Lintin and Ian and Carl Bell, were the highlights on a difficult day for the Auto 66 Club.

There was plain sailing and warm weather in the early stages, when Gary Jamison and Peter Wakefield bagged their first of a double on the Mount course on the day.

This was followed by a trio of victories from Lintin in the Modern Solos up to 400cc over two legs and the Modern Solos 600cc+.

Then after Bell’s 46th Mount win in the sidecars, the rains came.

The red flag came up after five laps of the double-headed Geoff Barry Trophy and the Denis Parkinson, allowing the Cowards a shortened win, as the race was scheduled for eight laps.

In fact, each of the remaining races were cut down to six laps as the poor weather took hold.

A wait of 45 minutes and lots of hard work on the track followed before the Syd Barnett and Red Rose Trophies, which Jamison and Wakefield gathered up for a second time.

Ian Bell then completed his 47th Mount win, as he opened up a hefty lead over fellow Bedlington resident Dave Lillie, before a branch fell on the track after four laps to conclude the action from that race.

Ivan Lintin held off Jamie Caward in the penultimate outing of the day, the second leg of the modern solos 600cc+ in a heavily reduced field.

That was also the case in the final event, the Barry Sheene and Denis Parkinson second leg.

The only starters were Jamie Coward, Martin Harrison and Keith Pringle in the Sheene battle, while Paul Coward was alone in the Parkinson.

With the rain hammering onto an already damp course, Jamie Coward flew away from his rivals in the early stages and went on to take victory by a massive 31 seconds from Harrison and Pringle, with dad Paul Coward cooming home fourth on his BSA Goldstar to wrap up the Denis Parkinson.

It may have been a tough day for the riders, but there is still plenty of action waiting ahead over the next few months.

Club official Tony Coupland said: “Entries are zooming in for the Cock O’ the North next month, and there has already been plenty of interest in the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup in September.”