SLIDESHOW: Cowton on top form at Oliver’s Mount meet

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It was a mixed bag for the area’s local riders as road racing returned to the Oliver’s Mount circuit in Scarborough last weekend.

In the first road race of the 2014 season, the Ian Watson Spring Cup, it was left to Driffield-based rider James Cowton to do the business.

James Neesom from Bempton and Whitby’s Justin Waring had to make early exits due to engine and set-up problems respectively and Scarborough’s Nick Anderson ended up on the tarmac.

Cowton was on top form running in almost back-to-back races on his three machines - a 600 Honda CBR, 650 Kawasaki and for the first time a 1,000cc Honda.

He was out on it for the first race of Sunday’s programme, the senior class where he kept pace with established rider Ivan Lintin, the current Cock O’ the North champion Dean Harrison, upcoming Irish rider Lee Johnston and a certain Guy Martin - who won three out of three.

Cowton finished fifth and then took two thirds in the super lightweight class, where he kept pace with Ryan Farquhar, coming out of retirement, and junior using the smaller bikes.

He was in the mix in the main race of the day, finishing fifth again on the 1,000cc bike and is using the experience and time on the bike to stand him in good stead for his next outing at Cookstown in Ireland next weekend.

Cowton told The Scarborough News: “Considering it was the first time on the 1,000 if I had got in the top 10 I would have been happy so to get fifth was good.

“On the 650 I was not sure how Ryan (Farquhar) was going to fare.

“I thought if I could run with him he will be up the sharp end. I ran with him and it was tight for the whole race.

“It was hectic because the races were packed in and we were changing things on the 1,000 and had some little tweaks with the 600 on suspension and tyre pressure but nothing I didn’t expect.

“For the first meeting of the year it was good and set us up well for the season.”