Rain, red flags and revs at eventful Spring Cup meeting

Guy Martin makes his way around a soggy Mere hairpin on his way to retaining the Spring National Cup.

Guy Martin makes his way around a soggy Mere hairpin on his way to retaining the Spring National Cup.

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The opening road race meeting of the season at Oliver’s Mount, the Spring Cup, proved to be an eventful one.

Early morning rain made the track too dangerous to ride and with one rider left injured following a crash on the first corner in Saturday practice it threatened to put the whole programme out.

James Cowton (52) narrowly edges Ivin Linton in the Super Liightweights

James Cowton (52) narrowly edges Ivin Linton in the Super Liightweights

Organisers had to re-schedule and cut the length of races as well as changing the arrangements for qualifying in order to fit everything in.

Tyre choices were also giving riders and their mechanics a headache with the sun coming out and leaving the track patchy in places.

But, once the flag was up on Saturday afternoon, race fans were in for a treat.

Big names Guy Martin, Ryan Farquhar and Steve Mercer as well as Conrad Harrison and Dave Molyneux in the sidecars always prove crowd- pullers but it was always going to be interesting to see how other Scarborough regulars Dean Harrison and Ivan Lintin would fare following their pre-season move to Mar-train Yamaha and RC Express Racing respecitively.

Bempton  based racer James Neesom tries to get up the inside of Mick Goodings

Bempton based racer James Neesom tries to get up the inside of Mick Goodings

And there were the stars of the future to contend all of whom are local riders such as James Neesom, James Cowton, Nick Anderson and Scarborough’s James Tadman making his road racing debut.

It was Lincolnshire based Ivan Lintin who took the first race win of the day in the junior race on his Kawasaki 600 seeing off TT race winners Lee Johnston and Dean Harrison.

Cowton took fourth while Neesom, who relishes riding in the wet - was 12th after having fallen foul of the re-organisation despite a strong qualifying session.

Re-igniting their battles from last season it was Cowton versus Lintin in the next race, with the Driffield racer coming out on top. It was also in this Supertwin race that 21 year-old James Tadman made his road race debut on a Suzuki SV650 but retired on the last lap with brake failure.

This was the first time for the Spring Cup meeting that racing took place over two days so the main race of Saturday was the first leg.

Guy Martin, on the BMW S1RR for the first time, made it stick as he comfortable saw off Farquhar and Lintin on ZX10s.

Cowton (Honda CBR 1000) was fourth and Tom Weeden was the first rider over the line on a 600 with his Triumph and Neesom clocked in at 16th.

In the last race of the day, senior class Cowton rode home in sixth while Neesom retired as usual suspects Harrison, Martin and Johnston took thepodium places.

For the Sunday session there was no doubt it would be a day of wet races with practice sessions set back due to the downpours but it didn’t stop local lad Nick Anderson (pictured right) from getting his first race win at the Mount.

Despite having dislocated his shoulder in the morning practice he rode his Kawasaki 400 home finishing ten seconds ahead of Paul Owen and a good 40 seconds in front of favourite Ian Lougher.

As the rain continued to fall it proved to be a great leveller when the top dogs came out for the second leg of the Spring Cup race A.

Daley Mathison and Weeden stormed through from the middle of the grid to take the top two spots with Lintin 10 seconds behind.

Martin was fourth and Harrison further down the pecking order in seventh.

However, Martin retained the trophy overall on points, with Lintin second and Weeden amazed to find himself in the prize money too.

It will go some way to paying for the crash damage sustained to his Triumph when he went down the road in the junior race which followed.

Neesom found his form though on the ZX6R and took a well earned fourth, pipping Cowton over the line.

But, Mathison who crowds were pleased to see after he crashed out of last season in a fireball, was man of the moment winning the race on his GSXR 600 a good six seconds in front of Lintin.

A red flag in the supertwins delayed the programme again so only seven riders stuck around for the senior race and only five made it over the line, first one back being Lintin on his new ZX10.