Rising stars set for Mount

Cock Of The North meeting at Oliver's Mount.'TT star and Mount favourite Ian Lougher (2) flat out at the top of the mount.'112998d. Pic Kevin Allen.'24/07/11.
Cock Of The North meeting at Oliver's Mount.'TT star and Mount favourite Ian Lougher (2) flat out at the top of the mount.'112998d. Pic Kevin Allen.'24/07/11.

The rising stars of the 2013 road racing season having enjoyed the spoils at the Southern 100 International Road Races in the Isle of Man, now turn their attention to Scarborough’s renowned Oliver’s Mount public roads course for the Cock o’the North Continental Road Races on Saturday and Sunday July 20 and 21.

Dean Harrison who is experiencing a stellar season has a trio of machines available to him and has to be one of the pre-race favourites to take the feature race and join an elite list of riders who have claimed the title since 1955 - names such as, John Surtees, Bob McIntyre, Tony Jefferies, Charlie Williams, Roger Marshall, Mick Grant, Steve Henshaw, Phillip McCallen, John McGuinness, Ian Lougher, Guy Martin, Michael Pearson and the winner for the last three years Ryan Farquhar.

Jamie Hamilton, protege of the aforementioned Ryan Farquhar is also enjoying his best season to date and is currently second in the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship could be having his name engraved on the coveted trophy.

You cannot rule out another Yorkshireman, Jamie Coward, riding the Barnes Racing machines, or previous winner Ulsterman Michael Pearson on the Team Hotties BMW, Suzuki and Kawasaki machines.

Once again ‘Team Goodings’ will be making their presence felt and either Mick or Mark could be in with a shout and upset ambitions of their opponents.

Other Mount specialists include James Cowton, Ivan Lintin, Daniel Frear, Lee Johnston, Kiaran Hankin, Craig Shirlaw and Keith Pringle.

The Lightweight classes will see the rivalry renewed between ‘Manxie’ Chris Palmer, Phil Harvey, Justin Waring and Paul Owen to name but a few.