Farquhar lands top Mount honours

Cock Of The North meeting at Oliver's Mount.'Ryan Farquar (11) stalks Michael Pearson (36) on the final lap of the Cock Of The North final before passing him to take the lead just before the chequered flag.'112998a. Pic Kevin Allen.'24/07/11.
Cock Of The North meeting at Oliver's Mount.'Ryan Farquar (11) stalks Michael Pearson (36) on the final lap of the Cock Of The North final before passing him to take the lead just before the chequered flag.'112998a. Pic Kevin Allen.'24/07/11.

OLIVER’S Mount hosted a cracking weekend of action when the Cock O’ the North rode into town.

There were a number of top performances over the weekend, with Michael Pearson and the Sidecar pairing of Conrad Harrison and Lee Patterson shining throughout.

Cock Of The North meeting at Oliver's Mount.'Ian Logher (2) on his way to 125cc second place in the Lightweight 125.'112998g. Pic Kevin Allen.'24/07/11.

Cock Of The North meeting at Oliver's Mount.'Ian Logher (2) on his way to 125cc second place in the Lightweight 125.'112998g. Pic Kevin Allen.'24/07/11.

But it was Mount star Ryan Farquhar who grabbed the limelight when he booked victory in the feature race, the Cock O’ the North, as well as ticking his number of victories in Scarborough on to 81.

So close were the pack at the beginning of the Cock O’ the North in the latter stages of yesterday’s running.

At the Mere Hairpin it was impossible to tell who had the hole-shot, however at the end of the opening lap it was Farquhar by a third of a second from Pearson with Steve Mercer in third place.

Lap two saw Farquhar remaining clear by the same distance, but the red flags were out, stopping the race.

Keith Pringle was the victim of an accident, he was okay, but his bike blocked the track.

Pearson was once again in pole position as the pack set off for an eight lap race.

Farquhar took the hole-shot this time with Michael very close behind, but it Pearson at Drury’s who still held the advantage at the end of the lap, by 0.184 of a second from Farquhar and Mercer.

The lead has increased to 0.252 of a second with Pearson still in charge and Mercer third half a second adrift of Farquhar.

Mercer dropped further back on the third lap 1.5 seconds down on leader Pearson, with the gap closing slightly at 0.225 of a second.

Half distance and it was down to 0.200 of a second.

After lap five the lead had increased to 0.323 of a second as Pearson put up the fastest lap to date. Mercer was still third five seconds down

The gap had again opened at 0.408 of a second with positions still the same as Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Adrian Archibald completed the top six.

Then the pace quickened after lap sevenand closed the difference to 0.321 of a second.

At the chequered flag it was Farquhar having taken the lead on the approach to Jefferies Jumps by 0.902 of a second from Pearson and Mercer, then Harrison Lougher and Archibald.