Prize Guy snaps up eighth Gold Cup win as Ryan says emotional farewell to Oliver’s Mount

Ryan Farquhar and family     Pictures: Steve Lilly

Ryan Farquhar and family Pictures: Steve Lilly

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On the day when the legendary Ryan Farquhar said an emotional farewell to Oliver’s Mount, another familiar name, Guy Martin, snapped up his eighth Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup victory.

Prior to racing Farquhar said an emotional farewell to his fans and supporters as he completed three laps of the Oliver’s Mount Circuit. He was accompanied by John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson, Michael Dunlop, Guy Martin, Jamie Hamilton and Robbie Sylvester.

Ryan Farquhar acknowledges his fans at Oliver's Mount    Picture: Steve Lilly

Ryan Farquhar acknowledges his fans at Oliver's Mount Picture: Steve Lilly

The first race of the day was the second leg of the Darran Lindsay 1000cc Trophy over eight laps.Hamilton led into the first bend - the hole-shot - but it was Dean Harrison who led at the end of first lap by one second, with McGuinness third, Martin fourth and Bruce Anstey fifth.

Second lap and Martin moved into second as Harrison maintained his one second advantage.

Half distance and Martin had taken the lead by a similar distance, with Hamilton retaining third some six seconds down.

At the chequered flag it was Martin from Harrison and McGuinness.

Guy Martin takes the chequered flag on his way to winning the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup    Pictures: Steve Lilly

Guy Martin takes the chequered flag on his way to winning the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup Pictures: Steve Lilly

The second race of the day was for the Phil Mellor SuperTwins Trophy, again over eight laps for the second leg.

Harrison led from the off although he was chased hard by Ivan Lintin with the difference after one lap less that one second. Davy Morgan held third.

A lap later the leader’s advantage had doubled to 1.995 seconds, as Craig Shirlaw moved into third ahead of Morgan.

The third lap and the gap was up to 2.792 seconds, but all to no avail as the red flags came out when Paul Gartland came off at Farm Bends, but was able to walk to the medical tent.

from left, third-placed John McGuinness, winner Guy Martin, second-placed Dean Harrison after the Gold Cup race  Picture: Steve Lilly

from left, third-placed John McGuinness, winner Guy Martin, second-placed Dean Harrison after the Gold Cup race Picture: Steve Lilly

The restarted race over four laps and Lintin got the hole-shot, but once again it was Harrison who had the lead at the end of the lap, with Craig Shirlaw third.

Lap two and the gap was down to 0.474 of a second. Lap three and the gap had been reduced to 0.305 of a second as placing remained the same. At the chequered flag Harrison took the win by 0.873 of second from Lintin and Shirlaw.

The feature race of meeting, the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup race was next, over eight laps and it was McGuinness who got the hole-shot and led by three-tenths of a second at the end of the first lap from Martin and Dean Harrison third. Michael Dunlop, Jamie Hamilton and Mick Goodings made up the top six.

McGuinness was still in the lead at the end of the second lap, but this time from Harrison, with Martin third and Michael Dunlop still fourth.

Lap three and Harrison led from Martin and McGuinness, the difference still three-tenths of a second, with Michael still in fourth.

At half-distance, Martin had taken the lead and extended it to 0.478 of a second from Harrison and McGuinness.

Lap five and Martin had extended the lead to 1.314 seconds as the battle between McGuinness and Dunlop continued for third, separated by 1.5 seconds.

Lap six and the lead had grown to 2.138 seconds, with McGuinness having pulled away from Dunlop by almost four seconds.

Lap seven, and the lead had extended to 2.462 seconds with McGuinness closing on Harrison, the gap down to 1.3 seconds.

At the chequered flag it was Martin, taking his eighth Steve Henshaw Gold Cup victory from Harrison with McGuinness third.

Fourth was Michael Dunlop, fifth Hamilton and sixth Goodings.

Next up was the second leg of the F2 Sidecars over six laps. Ian and Carl Bell got the hole-shot followed by Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance.

At the end of the opening lap it was the Bells, from Molyneux/Farrant by 1.5 seconds, then Carl Fenwick and Mark Sayers in third. Michael Dunlop and Dan Sayle were fourth.

Lap two and positions were the same with the advantage now at 1.8 seconds. Lap three and the gap was the same. Lap four and the gap had shortened to 1.5 seconds.

Lap five and another three-tenths of a second had been shaved off the lead by Molyneux and Farrance, as Dunlop and Sayle dropped to fifth.

The red flag came out on the final lap, the result being declared at the end of the fifth lap.

The next race was the second leg of the David Jefferies 600 Cup.

Bruce Anstey was first away but it was Guy Martin who led the pack at the end of first lap of eight, followed by Dean Harrison with Bruce Anstey third.

Lap two and Michael Pearson moved to third, as Harrison reduced the gap to half a second behind Martin.

Lap three and Harrison led the pack, with Martin retiring. Pearson was now second and Ian Lougher third. Half distance and Harrison had a 10-second lead over Pearson with Lougher still third.

Lap five, and the lead was up to 12 seconds and a lap later it was still 12 seconds, but it was Lougher who was now second, with Pearson third.

Lap seven, and Lougher had pulled back two seconds on leader Harrison, but it was Harrison who took the victory from Lougher by 9.768 seconds, with William Dunlop taking the final podium place.

Next race was the second leg of the Lee Pullan 250cc Trophy race.

At the chequered flag it was William Dunlop who won, 4.7 seconds ahead of Phil Harvey with Justin Waring third.

The penultimate race of the day and the meeting the six lap Stu Reed Trophy race second leg saw Chris Palmer pip Ian Lougher by 0.288 of a second with Seamus Elliott third.

The final race of the day and meeting the third leg of the F2 Sidecars saw Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance win by 10 seconds from Michael Dunlop and Dan Sayle, one tenth of a second ahead of Carl Fenwick and Mark Sayers third.

Read full reaction to Ryan Farquhar’s farewell and more pictures in Thursday’s Scarborough News